I have several Word documents with check boxes

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On Windows, you can simply click them to change the status (checked / not checked). But the only way I found to check/uncheck the checkbox with Word 15 or greater for macOS is to double click it and then to switch the value in the form field options:

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Is there a quicker way to change the value?


Buried in the answer to this previous, somewhat related question (from which I liberally cribbed).

  1. Go to Tools in the menu.
  2. Choose Protect Document...
  3. Under Protection, select Protect Document for:
  4. Then select Forms
  5. Hit OK

My version of Word for Mac is 16.10.

  • This converts the document to a non-editable form. Protecting the document is actually more work then the steps I have to do now ...
    – Matteo
    Jan 24 '18 at 15:59
  • Gotcha. Didn't realize it would create more work for you. I should have asked for more context.
    – Jerry
    Jan 24 '18 at 16:00
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    Actually, this is the answer: the check boxes only work once you "Protect the Form". In the Developer tab, the last item on the right is 'Protect Form'. Select that and your check boxes will work on click. If you do not want to protect the entire form, you need to put in Sections that are not protected. answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/…
    – cmason
    Jan 24 '18 at 16:32

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