How to Create a Check Box in a Word Document

Microsoft Word allows you to make professional-looking documents, and it includes features so that you can make interactive forms for use on a computer system or network. One thing you can add to these form is a check box. Check boxes are helpful for Word documents in which you need to collect "yes or no" data. When a user clicks on one of these check boxes, an "X" appears; another click and it disappears.


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      Turn on the "Developer" tab in Microsoft Word if it isn't already visible. To do this, click the "File" menu, select "Options," then "Customize Ribbon."

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      Click the "Main Tabs" menu in the Customize the Ribbon section and then click the "Developer" check box. Click "OK."

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      Click on the "Check Box Content Control" button in the Controls group of the Developer tab. A check box will appear on the Word document.

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      Select the check box and click "Properties" in the Controls group on the Developer tab. Make changes, such as selecting a different symbol to use when the box is selected. Click "OK" to save the changes.

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  • Information in this article applies to Microsoft Word 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
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