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How do I add a check box?

I see that I can add a task with a checkbox but I just want the checkbox. As soon as I delete the text next to it the checkbox disappears when I click publish!

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1. Try manually typing in [] and then hit space.

2. If you are creating the page from a template, the following code populates a checkbox:


I am trying to create checkboxes but do not want them to be tasks. Any ideas?

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Same suggestion for the issues comment boxes

[] Worked for me!

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[] works! Many thanks)

Can not work now :'(

Worked for me. Thank you!

Sharon Tan Community Manager Mar 23, 2021

Hey there! Confirming this: our new Confluence Cloud editor supports markdown, where typing [ and ] followed by a space at the beginning of a line creates a checkbox.

You can get to a list of the markdown shortcuts in-app at if you’d like.

I want a checkbox that doesn't save a version of the page every time i check it?

Has anyone found a work around for the addition of a checkbox in an article?

if you type square braces "[]" and hit space it populates a checkbox. 

That link is four years old. It says to use a macro that is no longer available. 

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@Suren Raj Hi. Do you have any other solutions besides the outdated one that was linked? above

The goal is to insert a checkbox that is not for assigning tasks and is not editable in the View mode. 



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"[" + "]" + "<space>"


This is however editable within ViewMode as well.

Using :check_mark: and :cross_mark: here

:black_square_button: shows the check box.   But, what's the point.  We want to create a checklist for the user to mark when going through a process......... so, it is for show, not for use.

seems the action item one is for dynamic use

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I clicked on the 'Action Item' button on top of the page and it worked! This applies to those who are looking to let anybody tick the box as they work on the pages.

we want an html checkbox... not an action item that saves a new revision of the page every time someone clicks it!

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I use a Status element with a grey background with text
* X for checked
* _ for unchecked

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