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I love Google Docs, Sheet and Keep.... But one of the thing that either make me sad or infuriate me depending on the time of the day is that even if all google apps support checkboxes in some degree, none support them well.

Multiple times a hierarchical checklist in a doc is all I would really need. I want to write a top section that potentially may no be a checkable item (ex: Project 1 - Description of the project) . Then I wanted to put down the breakdown structure of the project. Ideally, like a bullet list in Doc you can have as many level you want, but if I really have to pick limit  I think 4 levels, including the project title should be enough.
I need to be able  to add images under a point and would also be a nice to have a way  to add attachments.  

So what can I use?

  • Keep is the closest one to what I really want: it has hierarchal checkbox, it is easy to ident a level and move stuff around in the the list with drag and drop. But it has a few problems:
    • Only 2 levels of hierarchy. Considering that a note can only be a checklist OR text so it cannot have a flat "section" header between lists, it is largely insufficient. 
    • It does not support images under the bullet points
    • It is even too easy to add and remove the  indentation  in fact almost every time I want to add an item in the middle of a list I end up changing the indentation an unintended way
  • Sheet. It support everything but :
    • editing and changing indentation is not easy (especially on mobile):
      •  Adding a new item imply adding a row. 
      • A CR does not create a new line if you are in the process of adding a few. 
      • Changing indentation require selecting, copy and pasting cells in a row
  • Doc. A hierarchical bullet point list is also so close to what would be the ideal solution.

The easier solution is:
  •  Add a new type of "checklist" bullet point in Docs. It would be a checkbox that when the empty checkbox is clicked turns in a checked checkbox and vice versa. 
  • Otherwise "Keep" could be enhanced.
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Hi, Chris,
 
Thanks for sharing your insights and suggestions. I encourage you to submit this feature request to the developers using the in-product feedback tools (instructions below). Although they aren't able to respond to feature requests directly, feedback submitted this way will go directly to the development team, and the more people who request a feature like this, the more likely it will be implemented. Note that this forum is staffed almost exclusively by volunteers (even the Product Experts are all volunteers), not Google employees, so unless you submit in-product feedback, it is very unlikely to be seen by the people who can make that decision.  
  • For Docs/Sheets/Slides: You can send feedback from the Help menu > Report a Problem.
  • For Mobile: To submit feedback from the mobile app, touch the menu in the top-left of the app (top-right in a file), touch Help & Feedback, and then choose Send Feedback to write and submit your report.
  • For Forms: The Report a Problem option is found at the  Button in the lower right of the Forms editor or from the menu in the upper left select Help & Feedback then Send Feedback at the bottom of the window that opens up.
  • For Keep: You can send feedback by selecting the Gear Icon in the upper right then selecting Send Feedback.
  • For Drive: You can send feedback by selecting the  Support Button in the upper right then selecting Send Feedback.
~Jo
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Do I understand that I can't create functional or fillable checkboxes in Google docs??? Please tell me I am wrong and show me how to do it.  Like Chris, I often need a simple checklist that my team can mark as completed.  If there is another solution please let me know.
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Hi, Laura,

Do you want check boxes that will be in a printed document that can be checked by hand, or do you want boxes that can be checked digitally?

~Jo
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Jo, Thanks for your reply! I’m wanting check boxes that can be checked digitally. If that can be done, that would be fantastic! Basically I’m looking to create an online form with check boxes that can be checked online or on the computer/laptop etc 

I appreciate your help!

Laura
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Hi, Laura,
 
Unfortunately, Docs doesn't offer that capability at this time. However, you might want to check out Google Forms instead, as that might be a better fit for you.
 
~Jo
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I regularly need to create simple checklists in Docs to share with my team, with checkboxes that can be filled in digitally.  In Google Keep you literally click one button and your entire list has checkboxes applied, I wish the same were true for Docs!
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Hi, Eric,
 
To help influence future feature changes or additions in Docs, I encourage you to provide feedback about this directly to the Docs team by following these steps:
  1. Open a document. 
  2. Click Help > Report a problem
  3. Enter your feedback.
Although the product team is unable to respond to individual users directly, they review this feedback regularly and use it to help improve the product over time. Google doesn't check the help forums for user feedback, so it's important that you use the in-product tool. The more users who request this capability via in-product feedback, the greater the chances are of the team considering it.
 
~Jo
Google Product Expert Volunteer (not a Google employee)
 
 
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I would like to add a critique as well. I had to get creative in utilizing a checkbox so I put in the bulletted check list, but I cannot re-align the list to the left. Then because I am not using a list that goes straight down, I am using multiple options per row, I had to create multiple cells in a table. 

But now I cannot change the indent level of my list. It's taking up too much space by indenting in each cell, and I cannot adjust the indent level.

I cannot find a good way to do this, so I appreciate any thoughts on that.

Thanks.
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Kyle, are you referring to Google Docs, Sheets, or Keep?

~Jo
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Thank you, Sana! It worked and is pretty easy.
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