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I'd like to print some large A4/A3 sized checklists on paper for people to tick out. Is there any tool that just helps me to churn these out like bullet points in a minute and not have to spend half an hour on things like sizing and formatting?

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You can just get a template for whatever size you want on whatever program you use. – Raystafarian Sep 4 '13 at 0:22
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Tweak Your Usual Text Processor

Why not just change the bullet style in Word to be an empty square? It can be changed to a variety of symbols, including an empty square that would be good enough to be used as tickboxes.

Other WYSIWYG editors can do the same, of course.

Online Tools

  • Printable Checklist

    A search on google gave me this as first results, which lets you create a checklist as easily as you'd hope it would be, and doesn't require to create an account or anything fancy. It's not as keyboard-driven as I'd hope though. So I looked for alternatives.

  • Remember the Milk

    The once-cool-kid-on-the-block star TODO-list web-app also allows you to export for print purposes.

  • Google Tasks

    Simple and easy to use, and if you already have a gmail account you're already all set: just go to your inbox, and click on the "Mail" menu, which offers you choices for "Mail". "Contacts" and "Tasks". The task-list then has an action to print the lists. (Pro tip: use the full-screen Google Tasks Canvas).

    (Side note: this reminded me of the new Google Keep app... which strangely enough doesn't seem to have a print feature, and using the browser's normal print dialog doesn't look too good.)


    Actually haven't tried because I didn't want to create an account, but I guess it looks good and worth a shot.

For the record, my personal preference for online tools would go to Google Tasks, though I don't really use it much anymore (I keep my TODO list in issue trackers or in plain text files now). The Google Calendar integration can be handy at times as well.

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Ah, this works fine. Didn't notice Printable Checklist in my searches for some reason, and works good for a one-off checklist. Google Tasks works great as a stored alternative too.. and since a lot of company emails use Gmail, it's easy to keep those checklists stored somewhere easy to find. – Muz Sep 6 '13 at 3:43

Evernote lets you create a checklist with almost no effort. Select the checkbox one time, it will be autoinserted on the next line. In effect, you just type the entries. Printing is easy and straightforward.

Another option I've used is to spend a little time up front creating a checklist template in Word or OpenOffice. Once I've invested that time, setting up the formatting, fonts, checkboxes, etc. creating new checklists is quick and easy.

This one is more of a hack, but has been useful to me in the past. Use Outlook Tasks - you can enter each checklist entry as a new item, all within the same category. Print one category's tasks, and if you've picked the print format correctly, it will come out as a checklist.

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Make an HTML page with <INPUT> type checklists. You can do that in a text editor very quickly, e.g:

<input type="checkbox">Number 1<br>
<input type="checkbox">Number 2

For a traditional program, CNet recommends a very simple software called My Checklist. It has functionality for printing checklists. A word of caution though: CNet (usually a trustworthy source) claims that "My Checklist downloads and functions without issues", but there have been user reports of adware problems.

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