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How to Insert a Check Box in Word 2016/2013/2010

Inserting a checkbox into a Word document is a common task when you create surveys or forms using Office Word. This guide describes 2 ways to insert checkboxes in Word document.

2 methods to insert checkbox

Method 1: Insert a Check Box for Printing Only

With these method, you can insert a checkbox for printing only and your readers can check the it with pen.

Step 1: In Word document, select the list that you want to insert a checkbox.

1. In the Home tab, click the small down-arrow next to the Bullets button.

2. Then choose Define New Bullet from the drop-down list.

Insert a check box in Word

Step 2: In Define New Bullet dialog box, click Symbol button.

Click Symbol

Step 3: In Symbol window, select Wingdings from the Font drop-down menu.

Next you can select the check box that is either checked or unchecked, and insert it into your Word document.


The empty check box appears on the screen and printout. Your readers can check the check box manually.

Method 2: Insert a Clickable Check Box

Microsoft Word allows you to insert check boxes that are clickable. Here’s how:

Step 1: Customize the ribbon.

Click on Home tab, then right-click on an empty spot on the ribbon, choose Customize the Ribbon.


Step 2: Add Developer tab to Ribbon.

In Word Options dialog, select Customize Ribbon tab in the left pane. Select Main Tabs from the Customize the Ribbon drop-down box. Then check the Developer option in the list. Click OK.

Show develop tab

Step 3: Click check box icon to insert a check box at your cursor’s location.

insert a check box

Tip: You can change the check box symbol from an X to a check mark or other symbol, or make other changes, such as the color or size of the checkbox. Learn more see how to make changes to check boxes.