How to insert a check box in Word 2007

Updated March 23, 2017

In Microsoft Word 2007, you may insert individual check boxes or create checklists. Whether you'd like to insert blank boxes that you can check off at a later date or create prechecked boxes, you can employ two different methods for accomplishing your task. Use the Symbols dialogue box to select the type of check box you'd like to insert, or create a customised check box bullet from the Bullets menu under the Paragraph group.

Place your cursor where you want to insert a check box in the document.

Click the “Insert” tab. Click “Symbol” in the “Symbols” group. Click “More Symbols.” In the “Font” drop-down menu, select “Wingdings,” which is a special symbol font.

Scroll through all of the available symbols. To make an empty check box that you can check off on paper later, select a blank square or a 3-D, shaded square. To insert a checked box, select the checked-off box in the last row of symbols. Click “Insert” and "Close."

Type the text you want to include in the checklist, pressing "Enter" after each individual list item. Click and drag to highlight the text.

Click the “Home” tab. Click the arrow next to the bullet button in the “Paragraph” group.

Click “Define New Bullet.” Click “Symbol.” Select “Wingdings” from the “Font” menu and select the open check box you want to use. Click “OK,” then “OK” again. The check boxes will be inserted in front of each list item.

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