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Can't see tick boxes to remove them from "docx" document file

asked 2020-09-05 19:35:21 +0200

tyebillion gravatar image

updated 2021-05-25 10:19:20 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I have a "docx" file which I did not write myself. However I did edit it in LibreOffice Writer. There is a section in the document with the instruction "tick relevant boxes". In LibreOffice I don't see any boxes to tick. Later I uploaded the document file to DocuSign and the tick boxes appear next to the instructive text when viewing the document in their web site. I would like to see the tick boxes in LibreOffice so that I can remove them from the document. I'm running version on Linux Mint 18.3.


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answered 2020-09-05 21:11:02 +0200

igorlius gravatar image

updated 2020-09-05 21:11:34 +0200


you could try enabling the Formatting Marks,

"View" -> "Formatting Marks" (CTRL+F10)

maybe these can help you identify the locations of the checkboxes

Hope that helps.

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I turned on the non-printing characters in Writer, still no sign of the tick boxes.

tyebillion gravatar imagetyebillion ( 2020-09-05 21:46:08 +0200 )edit

You could try saving the document as an odt and then re-exporting that as an docx. That might remove the checkboxes if those are not actually supported by the odt format.

igorlius gravatar imageigorlius ( 2020-09-05 23:40:11 +0200 )edit

It is strange but I cleared out the table cell where the tick boxes were hiding by pasting a plain cell there instead, and then re-entered all the text back into the cell. Lo and behold the tick boxes disappeared.

tyebillion gravatar imagetyebillion ( 2020-09-06 00:07:41 +0200 )edit

Great to hear that you found a solution to your problem.

igorlius gravatar imageigorlius ( 2020-09-06 11:25:41 +0200 )edit
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