How To Insert Checkbox In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to insert a checkbox in Google Docs.

How To Insert Checkbox In Google Docs

Checkboxes are a great way to make your documents more interactive. They can be used for to-do lists, form fields, or for tracking the progress of a project.

In Google Docs, checkboxes can be added through the Bulleted list options. Similar to bulleted lists, checkboxes are added at the start of each new paragraph and support indentation or nesting.

In this guide, we will show you how to easily insert checkboxes into your Google Docs. We will explain how to add a checklist to each selected line or paragraph. We will also show how to toggle the feature of crossing out text after checking off the checkbox itself.How To Add a Checkbox In Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add a checkbox in google docs.

Step 1

First, select the text you want to add checkboxes to. Similar to bulleted lists, a checkbox will be applied to each individual paragraph of the selected text.

In our example above, we want to add a checkbox to each task in our to-do list.

Step 2

In the Google Docs toolbar, find the bulleted list option and click on the arrow to access the bulleted list option. Select the checkbox option from the list of choices.

Step 3

Checkboxes will now be added to your selection.

Clicking on an empty checkbox will convert it to a checked checkbox. The associated text will also be greyed out and crossed out to emphasize that the item has been completed.

Google Docs also supports nested or indented items in a checklist.

Step 4

If you do not want Google Docs to add formatting to completed items, we can toggle the formatting in the Checklist menu seen below.

Selecting the second option will ensure that the item is not crossed out once marked completed.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to insert a checkbox in Google Docs.

You can make a copy of our sample to-do list to test out the checkboxes yourself!