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Whether you're jotting down ideas in Notes, editing documents in PDFelement, or sending messages via iMessage and SMS, mastering text formatting can significantly improve communication on your iPhone.

This article provides a straightforward guide to using strikethrough text on iPhone, an often overlooked but powerful tool for highlighting changes or updates. We'll cover how to apply strikethrough in various applications. These include Notes, PDFelement for iOS, iMessage, and regular text messages.

In this article
    1. Step-by-Step Instructions to Strikethrough Text on iPhone in the Notes App
    1. Step-by-Step Instructions to Strikethrough in PDF Documents Using PDFelement
  1. How Do You Strikethrough Text in iMessage or Text Message on iPhone?
    1. Select the Right Symbols
    2. Use Symbols Evenly
    3. Check How Symbols Look in Different Fonts
    4. Keep It Readable
    5. Highlight Changes or Corrections

Part 1. How Do You Strikethrough Text in Notes on iPhone?

Strikethrough text on iPhone in your Notes app is useful for marking tasks as completed or updating lists without removing previous entries. It helps you track changes and progress directly in your notes, making it easier to see what has been done and what's still pending.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Strikethrough Text on iPhone in the Notes App

Here is how you can strikethrough text in the Notes app using your iPhone.

Step1Open Notes
open notes app on your iphone

Begin by opening the Notes app on your iPhone. You can find it on your home screen or search for it in your app library.

Step2Select a Note
select and edit note on iphone

Tap on the note you want to edit or tap the Create icon at the bottom right of your screen to create a new one. If the keyboard isn't visible, tap anywhere in the note text to bring up the keyboard.

Step3Highlight the Text
highlight the text on your notes in iphone

Press and hold on to the text you want to strikethrough. Drag the selection handles to cover the specific text you want to modify.

Step4Access the Formatting Menu
access formatting menu on notes to strikethrough text on iphone

Tap the "Aa" button located above the keyboard. This button opens the formatting options.

Step5Apply Strikethrough
apply strikethrough text in iphone notes

From the formatting options that appear, tap "Strikethrough." A line will now pass through the selected text, indicating that a strikethrough has been applied.

Part 2. How Do You Strikethrough Text in PDF on iPhone?

PDFelement for iOS is a powerful tool for editing PDF files directly from your iPhone. It's designed for people who need to change documents on the go. Whether you're a professional who needs to quickly update a document, a student studying away from your desk, or anyone in between, this app is made for you.

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The app offers many features you'd expect from desktop PDF editors but is optimized for mobile use. You can change text, add and adjust images, and even change page layouts - all from your phone.

Besides editing, PDFelement lets you annotate PDFs, sign them, and fill in forms. These functions are essential for reviewing documents or filling out official forms without printing them out. The app's design is straightforward, so even beginners can start editing without a steep learning curve.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Strikethrough in PDF Documents Using PDFelement

Here is how you can strikethrough text in PDF documents using PDFelement on iPhone.

Step1Install PDFelement
install pdfelement through appstore

First, download PDFelement from the App Store. Search for 'PDFelement' and tap 'Get' to install it on your device.

Step2Open PDFelement
open pdfelement on iphone

Once installed, open PDFelement by tapping its icon on your home screen. If you're using it for the first time, you should sign in or create an account.

Step3Load a PDF
load pdf to strikethrough text in pdf on iphone

To start editing, open a PDF document within the app. You can import a PDF from your iPhone's storage or access one from cloud services if you've linked it to the app.

Step4Select the Comment Tool
select strikethrough icon on pdfelement in iphone

In the comment mode, click on the ‘Aa’ icon from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

Step5Highlight the Text
highlighted strikethrough text in pdfelement on iphone

Navigate to the text you want to strike through. Tap and hold, then drag to select and strikethrough the specific text.

Part 3. How Do You Strikethrough Text in iMessage or Text Message on iPhone?

iMessage and regular text messages on your iPhone are intended for simple text communication. They don't support complex text formatting, such as strikethrough. SMS and iMessage are meant to be compatible with all types of devices, even very old cell phones. They prioritize message readability over formatting.

Even though you can't directly strikethrough text in iMessage or text messages, there are ways to indicate that text has been struck through. You can use manual symbols to achieve a similar effect.

Part 4. Tips on Creating Manual Symbols to Resemble a Strikethrough Effect

Creating a strikethrough effect is useful in text settings like iMessage and SMS, where you can't normally format text. Here are some tips on how to do this effectively:

Select the Right Symbols

Standard symbols for mimicking strikethrough include dashes (-), tildes (~), and equals signs (=). Each one creates a different visual effect. Choose the one that looks best with your text.

Use Symbols Evenly

For a clear strikethrough effect, use an equal number of symbols before and after the text. For instance, using dashes might look like this: -word-.

Check How Symbols Look in Different Fonts

Different apps and devices show fonts differently. It's good to see how your symbols look across various platforms to ensure consistency.

Keep It Readable

When adding symbols, make sure the text remains easy to read. Too many symbols can make the text cluttered and hard to understand. Sometimes, using fewer symbols can be more effective.

Highlight Changes or Corrections

This manual strikethrough method is great for showing corrections, updates, or completed items, especially in informal chats or structured lists. It visually indicates that something has been reviewed or is complete without removing it from the view.


Strikethrough is a straightforward tool that allows you to better organize and track your tasks from your phone. Whether you're updating notes or managing documents in PDFelement, these tips will help you communicate more clearly. Although not all apps support strikethrough, manual methods can achieve a similar effect.

FAQ About Strikethrough Text on iPhone

  • 1. How to Underline Text on an iPhone?
    To underline text on your iPhone, follow these simple steps:
    -Open the app: Launch the app where you need to underline text, like PDFelement, Notes or Mail.
    -Select the text: Tap on the text, then drag the handles to highlight what you want to underline.
    -Open formatting options and apply underline: A menu will pop up when you select the text. Look for the "BIU" button and choose 'Underline' from the options. This action will underline your selected text.
  • 2. How to Format Text in iPhone Notes?
    Formatting text in the iPhone Notes app is simple. Here's what you need to do:
    -Open and select a note: Tap on the Notes app to open it. Choose an existing note or start a new one by tapping the compose icon.
    -Edit text: Tap the text area to edit. For existing text, tap and hold, then drag to highlight.
    -Open formatting options: Tap the "Aa" icon above the keyboard to see formatting choices. You can select bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, headings, subheadings, bullet lists, dash lists, or numbered lists.
    -Apply formatting: Tap on the formatting you want to use. It will apply to your text.
  • 3. How to Strikethrough Text on iPad?
    Using strikethrough text on an iPad is simple. Here's how to do it:
    -Open the app: First, open the app where you want to add strikethrough, like Notes. Tap the Create button to pick an existing note or start a new one.
    -Highlight the text: Press and hold the text you need to strikethrough. Drag the handles to select your text.
    -Open formatting options: Tap the "Aa" icon above the keyboard to see formatting choices.
    -Apply strikethrough: Find and select 'Strikethrough' from the menu to strike through your text.
Audrey Goodwin
Audrey Goodwin May 22, 24
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