How To Add Check Boxes to Word Documents

When you are creating surveys or  forms, with Microsoft Word, it is usually a good idea to add check boxes to make the options easy to read and answer. There are two main methods which you can use. The first method is ideal for documents that you want people to fill out digitally, while the second option is great for printed documents like to-do lists.

Option 1 – Content Control for Digital Documents

In order to create fillable forms that include check boxes, you will need to start by enabling the developer tab by clicking on the “File” drop-down menu and then choose “Options.” Open the “Customize Ribbon” tab and select the “Main Tabs” option under “Customize the Ribbon.”

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Now you will need to select the “Developer” box and press “OK.”

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Once you have done this, you will notice that an additional menu has been added to the top of the screen with several new developer options.

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Now that you have enabled the Developer Tab, you are ready to add your check boxes. Simply create your question, as well as the responses. Open the developer tab, and click on the “Check Box Content Control” option  Checkbox icon 1.

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Once you have done this, you should repeat it for all your responses. You will see the check box next to your answers as shown below.

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Option 2 – Check boxes for Printed Documents

The second option for creating documents with check boxes that you will print out, will require you to insert a custom bullet point  Checkbox icon 2. In the “Home” tab of MS Word, under the “Paragraph” section, you will see an option to insert bullet points.

Simply click on the small arrow next to it, and then select the “Define New Bullet” option. You will notice that there are already a few options there, but there is no check box.

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Now that you have chosen to define a custom bullet point, you will need to select the “Symbol” option.

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When you open the symbol window, you will see many different options. You will need to click on the “Symbol” drop-down menu and select “Wingdings 2.”

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Now you will need to enter the number “163” into the “Character Code” box to automatically navigate to the best check box option available in Word.

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Once this is done, you can finish your list of responses in the same way you would use bullet points.

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Now, the next time you need them, you will just need to click on the small arrow next to the bullet options and you will see the check box listed with the default options.

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Feel free to check out all the bulleting options using symbols. You may even find options you like better than the traditional check boxes. Have fun creating your surveys, and documents with your new check boxes.

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