How to Use an ActiveX Checkbox in Word

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How to Use an ActiveX Checkbox in Word
Checkboxes can help those reading your documents keep track of complex information. (photo checkbox finance 1 image by Aleksandar Radovanovic from

Microsoft Word 2007 supports the insertion of ActiveX objects--interactive components that can be designed and scripted using Microsoft Visual Basic--into Microsoft Word. This is fairly advanced, but a generic checkbox, allowing people who read the document on their computers to check and uncheck it, requires no programming skill in order to insert and use.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Position the cursor at the point in the document where you want the checkbox to appear.

  2. 2

    Right-click any Word toolbar and click "Control Toolbox," then the "Check Box" control. A checkbox will appear at the position of your cursor, and can be checked and unchecked by left-clicking it. You can now save the document.

  3. 3

    Right-click the checkbox and click "View Code" to bring up the Visual Basic Editor. The editor contains the VB code for the entire document, but will have focused on the object you selected (the checkbox). Here, advanced users can modify the behaviour of the checkbox and code its responses to user input.

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