How To Make A Checklist In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 23, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a checklist in Google Docs.

How To Make A Checklist In Google Docs

Creating a checklist is a great way to keep track of tasks and stay organized. Google Sheets makes it easy to create a checklist in just a few clicks given a list of action items separated per line.

Google Sheets actually treats checklists as another variation of a bulleted list. The program even includes support for nested checklist items and the option to strikethrough completed tasks.

In this guide, we will show you how to create a checklist in Google Sheets. We’ll also show you how to

How to Add Checkboxes in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add checkboxes in Google Docs.

Step 1

First, open the document where you want to add a checklist. Write down the items that you want to add to a checklist. Ensure that each item in your checklist is on its own separate line.

In this example, we will be creating a checklist of tasks I must accomplish this afternoon.

Step 2

Use your cursor to select the items you want to create a checklist of.

Step 3

Look for the bulleted list icon in the toolbar and click on the dropdown arrow to show more options. Click on the third option with the checkboxes.

Step 4

The selected text will now be converted into a checklist.

Users can check off items from the checklist by clicking the empty square element.

Click on the Checklist menu option in the bulleted list dropdown menu to choose whether you want the text to have strikethrough formatting when the item is checked off.

Step 5

Google Sheets checklists also support nested checklist items.

For example, I can add additional checklist items that are under my “Buy groceries” checklist.

If you right-click on the checklist box, you’ll see the option to select the current list item as well as the option to select all list items at the same level.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to make a checklist in Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try creating a checklist yourself!