How to Insert Checkboxes in Microsoft Word

283208 How to Insert Checkboxes in Microsoft Word

Checkboxes are useful for creating to-do lists, surveys, forms, and other documents where you need to offer options to select. Microsoft Word makes it easy to insert interactive checkboxes that you and other users can check or uncheck with a simple click.

Display the Developer Tab

Before you can insert checkboxes, you first need to display the Developer tab in the Word ribbon:

  1. Click the File tab and select Options.
  2. Click Customize Ribbon on the left.
  3. Under Main Tabs, check the box next to Developer.
  4. Click OK.

The Developer tab will now be displayed in the ribbon.

Insert a Checkbox

To insert a checkbox:

  1. Click where you want to insert the checkbox. This can be in a blank line or next to existing text.
  2. On the Developer tab, click the Check Box Content Control button.

A checkbox will be inserted.

To insert additional checkboxes, simply repeat steps 1-2 wherever needed.

Format the Checkbox

You can format the checkbox to customize its size, color, and other attributes:

  1. Right-click on the checkbox and select Properties.
  2. On the General tab, change the checkbox symbol or font if desired.
  3. On the Size & Properties tab, change the width, height, or color of the checkbox.
  4. Click OK when done.

Create a Checklist

To create a checklist:

  1. Type each checklist item on its own line.
  2. Position your cursor at the beginning of each line.
  3. Insert a checkbox at the start of each line using the Check Box Content Control button on the Developer tab.
  4. Press Enter after each item to create space between them.

For example:

  • [ ] Buy groceries
  • [ ] Pay electric bill
  • [ ] Schedule doctor’s appointment

Checkboxes make it easy to track progress on multi-step tasks.

Use Checkboxes in Forms

You can use checkboxes to offer options in forms and surveys:

  1. Type the question text.
  2. On the next line, insert checkboxes using the Check Box Content Control button.
  3. Type each option next to a checkbox.

For example:

What types of books do you enjoy reading?

  • [ ] Fiction
  • [ ] Non-fiction
  • [ ] Mystery
  • [ ] Romance

This allows respondents to select multiple options.


  • To check or uncheck a box, simply click on it.
  • Use right-click > Properties to customize appearance.
  • Test forms before distributing to check usability.
  • Protect forms using Restrict Editing to prevent unwanted changes.

Checkboxes are an easy way to create interactive documents and simplify tasks and decisions. With a few simple clicks, you can insert functional checkboxes to check off to-do lists, select options, indicate choices, and more. Use them to boost engagement and simplify complex documents.

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