There are numerous ways to track tasks in Excel. Maybe you put an X at the end of a row or something similar. However, if you have a sheet that you or others need to check off repeatedly, a check box is easier and more professional. Here's how to insert a check box in Excel.
The check box function is actually on the Developer tab, which you need to activate. We'll start with a few quick steps to do that.
Enabling the Developer tab
1. Right click anywhere on the ribbon tab at the top of your screen and select Customize the ribbon .
 You can also go through the menu with File> Options> Customize Ribbon to do the same.
2. Select the Main Tabs option from the menu. It will probably be selected by default, but check this again. Now add a check in the box next to the option Developer .
Now you should be ready to add check boxes and other features on the Developer tab.
How to insert a check box in Excel
For our example, we use a list of contacts. We are going to add a column at the end that indicates a response has been received.
1. Go to the newly added Developer tab and find the option that says Checkbox . It should be in the Form Controls section of the menu.
2. Click in the cell where you want to place the check box. In our case it is cell E2 because we have four columns of information and the row of headers.
3. The check box appears where you click. To correctly place the box in the cell, hover your mouse over the checkbox until you see a four-pointed arrow. Then drag the box to your cell.
4. You will notice that the checkbox has a label called Checkbox 1. We don't want that in this case, so right click and select Edit text . Now delete the text.
5. To copy the check box to the rest of your cells, select the cell (E1) and move your cursor to the corner until you see a thin black cross.
6. Click and drag to the bottom of the row to copy the check box.
Now you can release your cursor and you should see the row of check boxes that look something like this:
Now you know how to insert a check box in Excel, but that's just the beginning of you
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