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, 2011 at 5:17
  • "tick" to mean "check mark" has British origins. I can see why Australians would use it over check.
    – Sun
    Dec 18, 2014 at 18:29
  • Just for context, the reason I'm here is Android Studio doesn't recognize both Untick and Uncheck. Mar 30, 2018 at 10:49

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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.

  • Clever use of Google search. Aug 18, 2011 at 22:08

Both would be understood. I would say uncheck is more common. Don't think I've ever heard "untick" used.


I am not Canadian, but I always use "untick" rather than "uncheck". It can be a bit annoying because most online dictionaries don't recognise it, despite it being in common use online.

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