Can't add checkboxes in Word 2011?

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  1. Tmcgrath28 macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2009
    I have created a document that has a few check boxes in Word 2010 on a PC. On the PC, if you click on the empty check box, it will become 'checked' which is what I want. When I use the same document on Word 2011 on the Mac, it doesn't seem to have the same functionality. Has anyone noticed this? How are you supposed to do check boxes on forms - just use Wingding characters?
  2. pvmacguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2009
    I am trying to create a form in office 2011 for mac and can't seem to find the option to even add a check box. Anyone?
  3. Amaethon macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2009
    Checkboxes in Office 2011

    On the right of the ribbon bar, click on the cog icon and select ribbon preferences.
    In the properties preferences, customise section, scroll down in the list under Tab or Group title and tick the box for developer.

    You will now have a new group called developer with check boxes etc available.
  4. bakermd macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2012
    It Works!

    Thank you - that totally worked!
    - MB
  5. mrsb11 macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2012
    Still can't put a checkmark in?

    The above method worked insofar as I could add the actual box to my document; however to put a check in the box, I have to double click, then a small window appears in which I have to select whether or not I want the box checked, among other things.

    I just want to be able to click the box once and have a check appear, click it again and have it go away. I am sending this document out to colleagues and I know they don't want to double click 50 different boxes and go through 50 different pop up windows in order to go through their checklist. please help!:confused:
  6. starchild79 macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
    thank you

    Thanks Amaethon that worked perfectly.

    On the right of the ribbon bar, click on the cog icon and select ribbon preferences.
    In the properties preferences, customise section, scroll down in the list under Tab or Group title and tick the box for developer.

    You will now have a new group called developer with check boxes etc available.
  7. jlc1978 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2009
    Go to developer and select protect form.
  8. GMinUSA macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2012
    Adding check mark symbols (√) in Word for Mac?

    I am trying to create a checklist with check boxes that I can check off in Word:Mac 2011. I've already inserted the check boxes into my document, and am able to check off the items by protecting the form.

    The problem is that I want to use check mark symbols (√), NOT X-marks in the check list.

    Microsoft offers instructions online how to do this in Windoze, but breathes not a word (that I can find) about how to accomplish this on the Mac.

    Here are Microsoft's instructions for Windoze:

    NOTE If you want to use a check mark symbol instead of the X, select the check box content control, click Properties in the Controls group, and then click the Change button next to Checked symbol. You can then choose a new symbol. The new symbol will replace both the box and the X.


    Those instructions don't work on the Mac. There is no "check box content control" that I can find.

    Thanks for any advice you can offer.
  9. realbella1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2012
    Adding check mark symbols (√) in Word for Mac

    These solutions worked perfectly Amaethon and jlc1978. Thanks!
  10. johnsoed macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2013
    Checkbox Solution

    Hi, just bought a Mac and stumbling through this myself, but found this solution:

    Once you have your checkboxes and associated text set, highlight and click "Protect Form" on the Developer Tab. You should then be able to check and uncheck the box as you please.

    For example, I have a doc with Yes and No checkboxes in a table. By protecting the cell in the table, I am able to then check/uncheck my selection and tab through them to respond appropriately with the space bar. Good luck.
  11. thedshow macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2015
    Adding check boxes AND text fields

    My problem is that I do not want to have to use the popup box for each check box. If I use the Protect Form, I can click in the check boxes as I would like (without the popup info box), but then I can no longer enter text such as name and address into the text fields). If I turn off Protect Form, I can now enter text, but now I have to use the popup info box to enter an X in each check box.

    If there a way to be able to enter text in my form, AND be able to use check boxes without the popup info box?
  12. Jamaldave macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2015
    Did you find a solution to this please? I have exactly the same problem! Thanks very much in advance....
  13. Significant1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2014
    Hmm, I don't see your problem. If I add a check-box and a text-field + select menu->tools->protect document->form (my translation from a non english Word 2011) it seems to work as you desire.
  14. Stormz macrumors member


    Aug 21, 2007
    Hi. I had the same problem with checkboxes and text seemingly conflicting with each other, although this was in the newest version of Word. The problem seems to have been related to the fact that I was laying out my form using a table, and expecting people to just click inside table cells and start typing. So what I did was I added a text box form element for each bit where I wanted them to add text, and that seemed to solve it. By the way, the text box needs to be the button under the Developer tab, not the regular text box under the Insert menu. You'll first need to unprotect your form to be able to add one or more to the page, then protect it again afterwards when you're done. At first, I thought this hadn't worked because when I clicked, I just got a blue square highlight, almost as if I'd selected an element. But when I started typing, the words appeared normally and the checkboxes can be crossed.
  15. walston85 macrumors newbie


    Aug 28, 2015
    I am having an issue with a document that was created by my company. It has checkboxes already inserted into the document. I am unable to check or uncheck boxes on the document now that I am using it on a Mac. Any ideas?

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