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How to create a check box or tick box in Pages

Making forms for people to fill in is a pretty common thing to do with a word processor and the good old checkbox is mighty useful. Here’s an example:


So how do we go about making a list of checkboxes to tick on Pages?

  1. Start off my creating a list. From the ‘Format’ sidebar choose ‘Bullet & List’ and choose ‘Bullet’ from the drop-down menu.
  2. Now we need to find the square box symbol. This can be found in the ‘Emojis and Symbols’ tool. To find it go to ‘Edit’ at the top of the screen and select ‘Emojis and Symbols’. Then select ‘Bullet/Stars’ and locate the shape called ‘Ballot box’
  3. Next change the bullet type from a bullet to a box. To do this drag the checkbox you like (variation) onto the textbox labeled ‘bullet’ on the side bar.
  4. Type your choices using the keyboard. Every time you press return an extra checkbox will be created. You can fine tune the size of the box by using the ‘Zoom’ and ‘Align’ options on the side bar.

That’s it. Nice and tidy checkbox lists!

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