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I'd be grateful if any Canadian speakers can tell me: in the context of an option in a computer dialog box/menu, which of the words "untick" vs "uncheck" is most commonly used (or are they used interchangeably)?

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I'm in Australia and we would never say uncheck, only untick. You tick boxes here, not check them. –  user11960 Aug 15 '11 at 5:17
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Uncheck is far more common. Anecdotally, I have rarely seen the word untick while I fairly regularly hear and use the word uncheck.

But, to demonstrate it better, do a google search for untick with Canadian location. It lists 16,200 results. By contrast, searching for uncheck with Canadian location returns 695,000 results.

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Clever use of Google search. –  Kyle Aug 18 '11 at 22:08
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Both would be understood. I would say uncheck is more common. Don't think I've ever heard "untick" used.

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