| Creating checkboxes (small boxes with an "x" or check mark
inside them) and check marks
There are several ways to do this.
Use a standard Symbol, Check
outline, or the Checkbox.wcm macro
SYMBOL: The standard "x in a box" symbol is 5,25 -- accessible with
Insert, Symbol or <Ctrl+W>. There is
no corresponding "check mark in a box" symbol. For an empty box, you
can use 4,38 or 5,24.
OUTLINE: The standard Check Mark outline does not produce a
box, just a check mark. But if you use it it will automatically put a
check mark in front of every paragraph until you turn it off. (Outlines
can be toggled on and off as needed with a
keystroke, or customized.) Click on Insert,
Outline/Bullets & Numbering, Bullets, and select Check Mark,
then click OK. You can also instantly create a new outline in
the Bullets tab using the More Bullets button, and use the
standard "x in a box" symbol of 5,25. Be sure to save it to the default
template if you want to use in it new documents (click Options, Copy,
Default template, OK, while the new outline is still selected in
Bullets & Numbering).
MACRO: WordPerfect ships with a macro named checkbox.wcm.
It produces a clickable hyperlink text box that changes to a "x in a
box." You must have "Activate hyperlinks" toggled on in Tools,
Settings, Environment. There is no corresponding "check mark in a box"
symbol, just a small "x in a box." It is meant to be an interactive
tool, which lets a user turn a box into a checked box, then print the
Use a Text Box around a letter
This has the advantage of being quick
and easy to create.
- Type an
"x" or insert a check mark (e.g., symbol 5,52) into the
document with <Ctrl+W>.
the character or symbol in Reveal Codes.
- Click Insert, Text Box. This
puts a box around the selected character or check mark.
- Click outside the box to return to
Use Overstrike to create a
mark over a box
- Click on Format, Typesetting,
- Put the cursor in the Overstrike
dialog's field and press <Ctrl+W>. Choose the box symbol
(e.g., 4,38). Click Insert. Then choose symbol 5,51 (or 5,52).
Click Insert and Close. Then click OK on the Overstrike
dialog to return to the document.
- You can select just the [Ovrstk] code
in Reveal Codes and make a QuickWord out of
it so that you can create this symbol anytime you need it. See here.
Here's a variation that produces a
larger check mark in red.
- Click Format, Typesetting,
Overstrike, <Ctrl+W>, (symbol 4,48), Insert and Close. This
inserts the box part of the check box.
- Back in the Overstrike field, click
the Codes button and choose Large. The paired relative
size attribute codes are inserted next to the box symbol, and you are
immediately returned to the Overstrike field.
- Click Codes again and choose Redline
if you want the check mark to be red.
- Back in the Overstrike field, the
cursor should be between the paired codes you just inserted. Press <Ctrl+W>,
(symbol 5,51), then Insert and Close.
- Press OK to return to the
- You should see a large red check mark
inside the box.
One advantage of the Overstrike method
compared to the text box method above (which is very easy to create) is
that the combined symbol (box and mark) will resize itself to the
current font size. And once created, the [Ovrstk] code can be used as a
style or QuickWord for easy access when needed.
Tip: You could copy the [Ovrstk] code and use it as the symbol in
a custom Outline, similar to the Check Mark outline that comes with
WordPerfect. See here for information
about creating custom outlines.