How do I cross off words in my blog, you know put a line through them?

In both Blogger and Typepad, when you compose or edit a post you have the choice of doing it as WYSIWYG or HTML. WYSIWYG simply acts like a word processor and is usually under the tab called "Compose Post". The "Edit HTML" tab is where you would write your post if you wanted to manually add your HTML tags or change them in some way.

I imagine that you write most of you posts while in "Compose Post". To cross out words in Typepad, use the "Compose Post" tab and simply highlight the word you want to cross out then click on the S with a line through it on the "Compose Post" toolbar. This S is placed between the button for underlining and the button to choose text color.

To cross out words using Blogger, you will need to write your post then switch to the "Edit HTML" tab. This will show you your post with all the HTML tags you’ve used. Find the word you want to cross out and type <del> before the word and </del> after the word. This HTML code tells the computer to cross out the word it surrounds. Notice that the first <del> does not have a slash mark. This is the opening code and tells the browser what to do. The second </del> does have a slash mark. The slash is very important because it signals to the computer that the task it started (crossing out the word) is now finished. If you don’t put the slash, you’ll be crossing out your whole post.

Also, make sure you close your <>. If you do not, the browser cannot carry out the command properly.


1. Original post in "Compose Post" tab: I want to cross off those this that word.

2. Find text in "Edit HTML" tab and type in <del> and </del> where appropriate : I want to cross off <del>those</del> <del>this</del> that word.

3. Switch back to "Compose Post" tab to see results: I want to cross off those this that word.

To cross out word(s) using WordPress (in the Visual tab), simply highlight the word(s) you want to cross out, then click on the button with ABC a line through it.  (Alternatively, if you write your posts in the Code tab, use the del button to cross out words.)

(WordPress instructions provided by Jordan at Momma Blogga.)

10 Responses

  1. Jen November 10, 2007 / 9:02 pm

    Thanks for the info. I wanted to use it on my blogger & it worked very well!

  2. Juan December 7, 2007 / 3:07 am

    Hi! Thanks for the tip. How do you do uppercase or lowercase using html for an entire blog post?

  3. JulieZS September 1, 2008 / 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the easy instructions! I sure wish blogger had a button to push…

  4. Sophie September 4, 2008 / 10:09 am

    Is there any way to cross a word out with a line in post title?

  5. Sophie September 4, 2008 / 10:09 am

    Is there any way to cross a word out with a line in post title?

  6. Melanie Nelson September 4, 2008 / 11:13 am

    Sophie, you can use the same HTML to make words appear crossed out in your title. I just tested it on Blogger and TypePad.


  7. Jake Lo June 11, 2010 / 6:40 am

    Thanks for the info. You’ve helped me out a lot. 🙂

  8. Tanya November 5, 2010 / 4:14 am

    The right piece of info in the right time 🙂 Thanks! Nothing to cross off here.

  9. Joan Breckwoldt January 7, 2011 / 2:03 pm

    Thank you for an excellent post on exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

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