# How to strike through obliquely, e.g. to indicate cancellation?

How can I strike through an expression (e.g. "2x") obliquely, e.g. from bottom left to top right, so as to indicate cancellation? With the \sout command from the ulem package, I can only strike horizontally.

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near duplicate to [tex.stackexchange.com/questions/4465/… a slash through a word), although that doesn't have such nice example images. –  barbara beeton Jan 6 '12 at 14:18

The cancel package seems to do exactly what you want:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{cancel}

\begin{document}

$$\cancel{2x}$$

$$\cancel{1234567890}$$

\end{document}


If you're not satisfied with how the cancellation starts below the 1 and ends above the 0, have a look at Diagonal strikeout starting too low and ending too high.

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It does indeed. Many thanks! –  Harry Macpherson Jan 6 '12 at 13:44