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How to Make Text Bold, Italic, and Strikethrough in Google Sheets

In this article, you will learn how to change your text formatting using three basic options, bold, italic, and strikethrough. These help you highlight and differentiate key points in your sentences from others and make your sentences more readable and clear.

How each effect or combinations of the effects look in Google Sheets

How to apply bold, italic, and strikethrough formatting to your text and data in Google Sheets?

To make text bold, italic, or strikethrough in Google Sheets, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Sheets spreadsheet that contains the text that you want to format.
  2. Select the cells that contain the text that you want to format.
  3. Click the "Format" menu in the top-right corner of the screen.
  4. In the menu that appears, click the "Text" option.
  5. In the sub-menu that appears, you will see options for making text bold, italic, or strikethrough. Click the option that you want to apply to the selected text.

Are there shortcuts to make text bold, italic, and strikethrough?

Yes, there are. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to make text bold, italic, or strikethrough in Google Sheets. 

  1. To bold text, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B (or Command+B on a Mac). 
  2. To make text italic, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+I (or Command+I on a Mac). 
  3. To make text strikethrough, use the keyboard shortcut Alt+Shift+5 (or Option + Shift + 5 on a Mac).

Remember that these formatting options can only be applied to cells containing any value. When a cell has a formula, these formatting options are applied to a value returned by the formula, but not to the function itself.

What are the other tips or formulas on text in Google Sheets?

Check the following articles if you are interested in formatting text in cells.
How to Align Text in Google Sheets
How to Wrap Text in Cell in Google Sheets
How to Rotate Text in Google Sheets
How to Change Default Font in Google Sheets
How to Indent Texts in Google Sheets: Explained
How to Capitalize the First Letter in Google Sheets
How to Capitalize All Letters in Google Sheets
How to Make All Letters Lowercase in Google Sheets
TEXT Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Do you want to learn how to combine or split text in Google Sheets?
How to Combine Texts in Google Sheets
CONCAT Function in Google Sheets: Explained
How to Use the CONCATENATE function in Google Sheets
How to Split Texts into Columns in Google Sheets
How to Use SPLIT Function in Google Sheets
CHAR Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Do you want to know where a specify character or word is in a text string?
LEFT Function in Google Sheets: Explained
How to Use RIGHT Function in Google Sheets
SEARCH Function in Google Sheets: Explained
FIND Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Do you need to replace a part of text with another characters or words?
How to Use REPLACE Function in Google Sheets
SUBSTITUTE Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Do you like to show a formulae in a cell?
How to Use FORMULATEXT Function in Google Sheets

This function is useful when you need to count the number of characters in a text string.
LEN Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Why don’t you double-check the spelling of your texts or cleaning up extra spaces before printing or closing Google Sheets?
How to Spell-check in Google Sheets
How to Trim Whitespaces in Google Sheets

You can repeat the same text string with this formula.
REPT Function in Google Sheets: Explained

You can learn about other Google Sheets formulas and tips that are not mentioned here on this page: LiveFlow‘s How to Guides

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