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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.