- Steps in a science experiment
- Self-monitoring of behavior
- Mastery of subject content and standards
- Tasks when composing and editing their writing
- Working through a math procedure
- And many more…
Although paper checklists are convenient, when done electronically, checklists can be collaborative, edited as needed, accessed by multiple people, and hopefully not eaten by the dog.
There are certainly a lot of mobile apps, web extensions, and websites that provide checklist tools, such as Google Keep. However, for many years Google Docs did not offer a built-in option for an interactive checklist. There was a workaround where you could change the bullet style to a box and then do several steps to check a box, but it was a lot of hoops to jump through for a feature that should have just been a normal part of Docs.
Thankfully Google has now added a real interactive checklist feature to Docs! With this new checklist tool, when a user checks off an item, the corresponding text gets crossed off with strikethrough formatting. If you prefer not to have the text crossed off, I came up with a workaround for that.
See below for a short 6-minute video and written directions on how to use the checklist tool in Docs with and without strikethrough.
- First type up the list of items you want in the checklist, with each item on a new line.
- Next select the full list of items.
- With the items selected, now just go up to the toolbar and click on the "Checklist" button to apply the new formatting.
- You will now have a checkbox at the beginning of each item.
- If you click on a checkbox it will check the box and cross off the text for that item with strikethrough formatting.
- If you click the box again, it will remove the check and remove the strikethrough formatting.
- First create a two-column table to hold our checklist.
- To do this click "Insert" then click "Table" then drag your mouse to select two-columns and as many rows as items in your checklist.
- This will insert a table into your document.
- Now use the column on the right to type in your list of items, with one item per cell.
- By the way, if you end up needing more rows or fewer rows for your list of items, you can always right click on the table to insert or delete rows as needed.
- Next we need to add the checkboxes, but we will do this in the column on the left.
- To do this, start by clicking and dragging your mouse from the top cell to the bottom cell of the left column to select all of the cells in the column.
- With the cells selected, now just go up to the toolbar and click on the "Checklist" button to apply the checklist formatting to those cells.
- First, we want to shrink the size of the left column since the checkboxes don't need that much room.
- To do this, simply hover your mouse over the vertical line between the two columns, and then click and drag the dividing line to the left as far as you like.
- Next we may want to get rid of the table border lines.
- To do this right click on the table and select "Table properties".
- In the "Table properties" settings panel, expand the section titled "Color".
- For the "Table border" setting, change the width to "0 pt".