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Can You Insert Multiple Checkboxes In Excel? (3 Easy Methods)

Yes. You can insert multiple checkboxes in Excel.

But it’s not as simple as adding them all in at once. 

There are three primary methods for inserting multiple checkboxes in Excel:

  1. Insert and Repeat: This method involves placing a single checkbox onto your sheet and then replicating this action to add more checkboxes. Each checkbox can be customized individually, catering to specific requirements. This method is best when you want each checkbox to be a bit different.
  2. Copy and Paste: In this approach, you create one checkbox with the desired attributes and then copy it to paste as many times as needed. This is great when you want all checkboxes to look and behave the same.
  3. Fill Handle: This technique starts with inserting one checkbox and using the fill handle tool to generate additional checkboxes in a systematic manner. This is suitable for achieving a structured and organized arrangement of checkboxes.

Each of these techniques serves a distinct purpose. 

Throughout this guide, we will delve into each method, providing instructions on their application and offering insights into the optimal scenarios for their use. 

Whether your focus is on versatility, consistency, or organization, understanding these methods will enable you to proficiently incorporate multiple checkboxes into your Excel spreadsheets.

 Let’s get right into how to insert multiple checkboxes in Excel.

How to Add Multiple Checkboxes in Excel Using the Developer tab (Insert & Repeat)

To get multiple checkboxes in Excel, you, first of all, must insert at least one checkbox before duplicating them.

So let’s begin by showing you how to insert a single checkbox in Excel, then repeat the process to add more.

Step 1: Launch and prepare your Excel spreadsheet

To begin the process of adding a checkbox to your spreadsheet, it’s essential to open Excel first. Once Excel is up and running, take the time to organize and format your spreadsheet appropriately. Determine the specific cell or cells where you intend to place the checkbox. 

In your case of adding to multiple cells, initiate the checkbox insertion within the first cell. You can then replicate this checkbox to other cells by repeating the insertion process or using methods like the fill handle or copy-paste technique (both of which will be later in this post).

Here is our sample sheet, all set for the insertion of multiple checkboxes.

Do this, and then proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Go to the Developer Tab

The Developer tab in Excel is like a secret toolbox with powerful tools that let you do really cool stuff in Excel. 

But here’s the catch: you won’t see it right away when you open Excel. You have to turn it on yourself.

To turn on the Developer tab, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the “File” menu at the top in Excel.
  2. Choose “Options” from the menu.
  3. In the box that pops up, pick “Customize Ribbon.
  4. On the right side, you’ll see a list. Check the box next to “Developer.”
  5. Hit “OK” to save your changes.

Once you do that, guess what? You’ve unlocked a bunch of new tools! These tools include things like checkboxes (those little boxes you can tick), radio buttons (like the options on a survey), and combo boxes (a fancy way to pick from a list). 

Step 3: Under the Developer tab, click Insert

Step 4: The Insert menu will appear, click the Check Box symbol under the ‘Form Controls

Caution: You’ll find the checkbox also listed among the ActiveX Controls. Don’t pick that option. It’s a little more complex to use with little benefit to account for it.

Step 4: Click anywhere on the sheet to insert the checkbox.

See this step in action in the illustration below.

Step 5: Change the Name and Size of the Box by Double-Clicking on the Text

After you’ve added the checkbox, you can make changes to it. Just double-click on the text inside the checkbox – that’s the small label next to it. This will let you edit the text. 

You have two options: you can either delete the text entirely or give it a new name that fits what you’re doing.

In our example, we don’t need any label for this checkbox, so we’ll just erase the text completely.

Remember to also adjust the size of the checkbox to make it fit neatly in the cell. Look at the short video below to see how it’s done.

Step 6: Click and drag the check box to reposition it.

After inserting, renaming, and resizing the checkbox, click and drag it to the cell you want it to be.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 3-6 to add more Checkboxes

Points to Consider When Using the Insert & Repeat Method

  1. Ideal Use Cases: The “Insert and Repeat” method is most suitable when you require checkboxes with varying attributes or functionalities. If you have checkboxes that serve distinct purposes and need specific labels or settings, this method enables you to create a diverse set of multiple checkboxes that cater to different needs within your spreadsheet.
  2. Manual Cell Linkage: One significant aspect to consider when opting for the “Insert and Repeat” method is that the checkboxes you insert using this technique are not automatically linked to any specific cell. This means that after placing the checkboxes, you need to manually establish links between each checkbox and the respective cell where you want its value to be recorded or controlled. This process can be time-consuming, particularly when dealing with numerous checkboxes.
  3. Unique Caption Names: When using the “Insert and Repeat” approach, the checkboxes you add will often possess default caption names, such as “Check Box 1,” “Check Box 2,” and so forth. This can potentially lead to confusion, especially if you’re working with a considerable number of checkboxes. It’s important to note that while these default captions can be edited to provide more descriptive names, this customization also adds to the manual effort required in setting up each checkbox.

While this method offers customization, it’s important to weigh the benefits against the time investment. For larger spreadsheets with numerous checkboxes, the manual setup and linkage process can become quite cumbersome. In such cases, it might be worth exploring alternative methods, like “Copy and Paste” or the “Fill Handle,” which can expedite the process of adding multiple checkboxes.

Insert Multiple Checkboxes in Excel Using Copy and Paste

To use copy and paste method for multiple checkbox insertions, right-click on the checkbox, select “copy,” then navigate to the destination and right-click again to invoke “paste.”

Alternatively, Ctrl+Click on the checkbox you wish to multiply, then press Ctrl+D. You can also use Ctrl+C & Ctrl+V to copy and paste the selected checkbox respectively.

To copy and paste multiple checkboxes, Ctrl+Click all the checkboxes you wish to duplicate, then press Ctrl+D (or use Ctrl+C & Ctrl+V to copy and paste the selected checkboxes respectively)

Copy and paste multiple checkboxes in Excel

This is how you may insert multiple checkboxes in Excel using the “Copy and Paste” method.

Points to Consider when Using the Copy & Paste Method

  1. Shared Cell Linkage: A key characteristic of the “Copy and Paste” method is that the checkboxes you copy are linked to the same cell as the original checkbox. This implies that any interaction with a copied checkbox will affect the same cell value as the initial checkbox. However, you can manually change the links for each copied checkbox to ensure that the value of each checkbox corresponds to the appropriate cell location within your spreadsheet.
  2. Uniform Caption Names: When you copy checkboxes using this method, they all bear the same caption name. This uniformity can either be good or bad depending on their purpose. 
  3. Divergent Backend Names: Despite sharing the same caption names, the copied checkboxes are treated as separate objects in the backend of Excel. Each checkbox has a distinct backend name, enabling Excel to manage them individually, even if their appearance and caption names are the same.
  4. Suitability for Consistency: The “Copy and Paste” method is most advantageous when consistency across checkboxes is a priority. If you require checkboxes that behave in the same way and share a common label, this method streamlines the process by enabling you to create duplicates with identical settings quickly.

While the “Copy and Paste” method offers efficiency in creating checkboxes with shared attributes, users must strike a balance between convenience and the potential complexity of handling multiple checkboxes that point to the same cell. It’s crucial to manage these checkboxes with precision to avoid unintended changes to linked cell values.

Insert Multiple Checkboxes in Excel Using the Fill Handle

The Excel Fill Handle is a gem whose magic lies in its ability to swiftly replicate data and formulas across multiple cells, simplifying repetitive tasks with a mere click and drag. 

While often used for numbers and text, the Fill Handle extends its utility to more creative applications, such as inserting multiple checkboxes. 

This nifty feature allows users to effortlessly generate an array of checkboxes, perfect for tasks like creating to-do lists, data entry forms, or surveys. 

Thus, to insert multiple checkboxes in Excel, insert one checkbox and resize it to fit in a cell, then select the cell containing the checkbox and with the fill handle, click and drag to copy it to as many cells as you desire. 

See the short video below:

Using Fill Handle to insert multiple checkboxes in Excel

If you find that the checkbox copying isn’t working as expected, don’t worry – there are a few extra steps you might need to take before using the fill handle. 

Here’s how you can set things up beforehand:

  • Step 1: Begin by right-clicking on the checkbox itself. You’ll see a menu pop up. From that menu, select “Format Control…
  • Step 2: A new window called “Format Control” will appear. In this window, there will be different tabs – click on the one called “Properties.” Then, within the properties section, look for the option that says “Move but don’t size with cells.” Make sure to select this option.
  • Step 3: After you’ve chosen that option, click the “OK” button to close the “Format Control” window.

Once you’ve set up this, you’re good to go! Now, you can use the fill handle. Just grab the small square at the bottom right corner of the cell with the checkbox. Hold down your mouse button, and then drag it to the other cells where you want the checkbox to be. This will make copies of the checkbox in those cells. 

Points to Consider When Using the Fill Handle Method

  1. Uniform Caption Names: New checkboxes share the same caption name as the initial one when using the “Fill Handle” method.
  2. Shared Cell Linkage:  All checkboxes created with the “Fill Handle” are initially linked to the same cell as the starting checkbox. To customize this, manual cell link adjustment is needed for each checkbox.
  3. Systematic Arrangements: This technique is perfect for creating organized rows or columns of checkboxes. It efficiently generates checkboxes with shared attributes while maintaining individual backend identities.


Each one of these approaches to inserting multiple checkboxes in Excel has its own special feel. 

With the “Insert and Repeat” method, you can start with just one option and then repeat the process to insert more. 

“Copy and Paste” makes it easy to insert multiple checkboxes with the same attributes. 

Lastly, the “Fill Handle” method sets things up in a way that’s more organized.

With the lessons in this guide, you’ll be able to insert, copy and paste multiple checkboxes in Excel with ease.

Have fun with Excel!