How to Insert Checkbox In Google Docs That Users Can Check

Written by Emilija Google Workplace / Docs

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Key Takeaways
  1. Open a new or an already existing Google Docs. 
  2. Click on the Checklist option in the upper right corner. 
  3. Google Documents will generate an interactive checkbox list. 
  4. To add more checkboxes to your list, just press enter. 
  5. To tick a box, just click on the checkbox.

Keeping track of things and staying organized is easier when you use checklists. Luckily Google Docs is a handy software that can help you create one in just a few clicks.

Google Docs' checkbox feature used to be included in the bulleted list feature, but now it's a separate feature that users can access once they open a new document.

If you haven’t noticed the feature by now and are still wondering where to find the checkbox option, follow our guide, and you will be done quickly.

How to add a checkbox in Google Docs on a computer

Google Docs has a native feature that makes creating checklists quick and easy via computer.

Follow these steps to create a checklist in Google Docs quickly.

  1. Open a new or an already existing Google Docs.
  2. Click on the Checklist option in the upper right corner.

google docs checklist option

  1. Google Documents will generate an interactive checkbox list.
  2. To add more checkboxes to your list, just press enter.
  3. To tick a box, just click on the checkbox.

google docs checklist

That’s it!

You have successfully created an interactive checklist in Google Docs.

How to add a checkbox in Google Docs on a mobile device

For users who prefer using Google Docs from their mobile devices, here are the steps for creating a checklist from their iPhones and Androids.

iPhone and Android

  • Open the Google Docs app and find the document you want to create the checkboxes.
  • Enter a text and then select it by tapping and holding the selection bar.
  • Tap the Bulleted list option. The text will be bulleted, but the toolbar will expand to show the Checkbox button.

google docs on android bullet list

  • Tap the Checkbox button, which displays two checkmarks in a list.

android google docs checkbox

Add color to your checkbox list

Google Docs allows users to color the checkboxes the same way they do with the text they write.

So, if users need to color or highlight a checkbox, they can click on the text color icon and select a color from the palette. The checkbox will appear in the color they chose.

To highlight a checkbox, click on the highlight icon.

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Bonus: Create a Checklist in Google Sheets

As well as generating complex spreadsheets for analytical purposes, Google Sheets allows users to create something as simple as a checklist.

Follow the steps below to create a checklist in Google Sheets.

  1. Open Google Sheets, and click on + to create a document.
  2. Highlight the cells where you want to add checkboxes.
  3. Next, click on Insert.
  4. In the dropdown menu, click on the Checkbox.
  5. The checkboxes will appear in the cells we have highlighted. Clicking on a checkbox will toggle the checkmark on or off.

FAQ

How do I make a to-do list in Google Sheets?

To make a to-do list in Google Docs, click on the checklist icon in the toolbar. A single checkbox will appear. Click on it to select the checkbox and press enter to add a new one.

How do you insert and add a tick in Google Docs?

Just click the checkbox to add a tick.