How to Insert a Check Box in Word 2007

By Amy Dombrower

In Microsoft Word 2007, you may insert individual check boxes or create checklists. Depending on whether you'd like to insert blank boxes that you can check off at a later date or create prechecked boxes, you can choose one of two different methods. Use the Symbols dialog box to select the type of check box you'd like to insert, or create a customized check box bullet from the Bullets menu under the Paragraph group.

Insert a Check Box

Step 1

Place your cursor where you want to insert a check box in the document.

Step 2

Click the “Insert” tab. Click “Symbol” in the “Symbols” group. Click “More Symbols.” In the “Font” drop-down menu, select “Wingdings,” which is a special symbol font.

Step 3

Scroll through all of the available symbols. To make an empty check box that you can check off on paper later, select a blank square or a 3-D, shaded square. To insert a checked box, select the checked-off box in the last row of symbols. Click “Insert” and "Close."

Create a Checklist

Step 1

Type the text you want to include in the checklist, pressing "Enter" after each individual list item. Click and drag to highlight the text.

Step 2

Click the “Home” tab. Click the arrow next to the bullet button in the “Paragraph” group.

Step 3

Click “Define New Bullet.” Click “Symbol.” Select “Wingdings” from the “Font” menu and select the open check box you want to use. Click “OK,” then “OK” again. The check boxes will be inserted in front of each list item.