If you wonder how to add or delete checkboxes in Excel 2016 cells, follow this guide.

Part 1: How to insert checkboxes in Excel 2016 cells

Steps are as follows.

Step 1: Show the Developer tab on Excel ribbon

You insert various interactive controls such as check box, list box, button, etc. under the Developer tab on Excel ribbon. However, the Developer tab is disabled and not displayed on Excel ribbon by default. Therefore, you first have to turn on the Developer tab to make it show on the ribbon. That can be done easily with the following steps.

1) Open the Excel file.

2) Click the File tab on the ribbon to bring up the backstage, and then click Options.

3) After the Excel Options window opens, select the Customize Ribbon tab on the left-side pane, check the Developer checkbox under the Main Tabs, and then click OK.

Check Developer

4) Now the Developer tab appears on the Excel ribbon.

Developer tab

Step 2: Insert a checkbox to one cell

1) Select the Developer tab, click the Insert command, and then select the check box option, which looks like a small square with a blue check, from the top row of the Form Controls collection in the drop-down list.

Click Insert and select check box

2) After you select the check box option, when you hover your mouse cursor over any cell, the cursor changes to a black cross. Click in the cell where you want to insert a checkbox (B2 in my case), so the check box control will appear near that cell.

Click in cell to add checkbox

3) To exactly put the checkbox into the cell, hover your mouse pointer over the checkbox, and when the cursor changes to a four-pointed arrow, drag the checkbox where you want it.

Step 3: Insert checkboxes to more cells

After the checkbox is inserted, the check box option is deselected. To insert checkboxes to other cells, you need to repeat the step 2, or simply copy the added checkbox to a column or row of cells with the following steps:

Select the cell that contains the checkbox, and hover your mouse cursor over the lower right corner of this cell. When the mouse pointer changes to a black cross, drag it down (up/left/right) to the last cell where you want to insert a checkbox.

copy the checkbox to other cells

Step 4: Change or remove text from checkbox

A new inserted checkbox uses a default text: Check Box 1, Check Box 2, Check Box 3, and so on. If you want to change or remove the text, just need to right click on the checkbox and select Edit Text from the context menu, so that the text is editable.

Select Edit Text

Part 2: How to delete checkboxes in Excel 2016 cells

1) Right click on the checkbox you want to delete, and when the context menu appears click on any area to close the context menu. Then the checkbox is changeable.

2) Press the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard to delete the checkbox.

3) Repeat the previous steps to delete more checkboxes.

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