How To X Out A Cell In Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a versatile tool that allows you to create, edit, and format spreadsheets. While it’s easy to enter and delete data, formatting cells can sometimes be a bit tricky. One common task you might need to do is “X out” a cell. In this post, we’ll guide you through the steps to do just that.

Can You Really “X Out” a Cell?

First, let’s clarify what we mean by “X out” a cell. Google Sheets doesn’t have a specific function to strike through or cross out a cell. However, you can achieve a similar effect by using the “strikethrough” option or by entering an “X” in the cell.

Applying Strikethrough

One common way to “X out” a cell is to use the strikethrough option. This will draw a line through the content of the cell. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select the cell that you want to strike through
  2. Click on the Format option in the menu bar
  3. Hover over Text
  4. Click on Strikethrough

Your selected cell will now have a line through it, effectively “X-ing” it out.

Entering an “X”

An even simpler way to “X out” a cell is to just enter an “X” into the cell. This is especially useful when you want to mark a cell as completed or checked. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select the cell that you want to mark
  2. Type X and hit Enter

You’ve effectively “Xed out” the cell by inserting an “X”.

Using Conditional Formatting

If you want to automatically “X out” a cell based on its content, you can use conditional formatting. For example, you can set up a rule to automatically strike through a cell if it contains the letter “X”. Here’s how:

  1. Select the cells that you want to apply the rule to
  2. Click on the Format menu and select Conditional formatting
  3. In the Format cells if dropdown, select Text contains
  4. In the box that appears, type X
  5. Under the Formatting style section, click on Strikethrough
  6. Click on Done

This will automatically apply a strikethrough to any cell in the selected range that contains an “X”.


While Google Sheets doesn’t have a specific feature to “X out” a cell, these methods give you the flexibility to achieve the same result. Whether you’re marking tasks as completed, indicating errors, or highlighting data, these techniques will help you customize your Google Sheets to your needs.