how to add check boxes to word documents

 Adding checkboxes to your Microsoft Word document gives you the functionality of a check list. Ticking off line items as they are complete, actioned or done.Inserting a check list into your Word document is incredibly handy, most commonly used when creating surveys in word.

how to add check boxes to word documents

To insert a checkbox in a softcopy document (like forms and surveys that you want respondents to fill out digitally within the Word document), you'll use the Developer tab in the menu bar.

Unlike other tabs such as File, Home, Insert, Design, and so on, the Developer tab doesn’t appear in the menu bar by default. So I will start this guide by walking you through how to show the Developer tab in the menu bar.

To insert decorative bullets: Select Home > Bullets > Define New Bullet > Symbol.

To add functional bullets: Select File > Options > Customize Ribbon > Main Tabs > Developer > Controls > Check Box Content Control.

how to add check boxes to word documents

If you want to use the paper version of your document and to tick the boxes with a pen, you simply need to insert checkbox characters.

  • Write text for your list and select it by holding the left mouse button and dragging it from the first to the last point in the list.
  • Make sure the Home menu is opened. Find Paragraph tab there.
  • Next to the bullet points icon you will see an arrow that symbolizes the drop-down menu. Open the drop-down menu and click on Define New Bullet.

  • Click on the Symbol tab. 
  • From the list of fonts, select Wingdings (or Wingdings 2 in newer versions of Word) and find the appropriate, empty checkbox.  

  • Click OK to confirm and then once more.

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