How to make a Microsoft Word Checklist [Easy Method]

Vlad Turiceanu
by Vlad Turiceanu
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  • This guide shows you how to make Microsft Word checklists that allow readers to mark off items on the list, and not merely inserting boxes.
  • You have to enable the Developer tab to insert checkboxes on your list.
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How to make a Microsoft Word Checklist

Making a checklist in Microsoft Word is straightforward. Although you can do it manually by searching for the checkbox symbol and inserting it in the document, this method is tedious and doesn’t allow readers to mark the boxes.

Microsoft Word has an inbuilt checkbox feature that gives you a completely working checklist in one click.

Learn how to make checklists easily in Microsoft Word.

How can I create a checklist in Word?

1. Enable the Developer tab

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click on the File tab.
  3. Go to
  4. Select Customize Ribbon from the left sidebar.customize-ribbon-checklist-microsoft-word
  5. Find Main Tabs from the Choose Commands From dropdown menu.
  6. Choose Developer and hit Add.add-developer-checklist-microsoft-word
  7. Click on the OK button.

2. Insert checkboxes in your list

  1. Launch Microsoft Word.
  2. Create a new document or open an existing one.
  3. Type of the items you want on the checklist.
  4. Click on the position you want to insert the checkbox.position-of-checkbox-checklist-microsoft-word
  5. Go to the Developer tab. developer-tab-checklist-microsoft-word
  6. Click on the Checkbox Content Control icon.checkbox-content-control-checklist-microsoft-word

On clicking on Checkbox Content Control, a checkbox appears where you placed your cursor in step 3. Repeat the steps for the remaining items on your list.

There you have it; you can now make checklists in Microsoft Word. By default, the Developer tab is disabled. However, once you enable the Developer tab, it stays there.

You can then make more checklists later without having to enable the tab all the time.

Let us know if you managed to create checklists in Microsoft Word. You can do so by using the comment section below.

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