When user is presented with a checkbox on a webpage. What can he/she do with it in order to place a little birdy inside it?

  • check (Please, check the checkbox...)
  • tick (Please, tick the checkbox...)
  • mark (Please, mark the checkbox...)
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    Uh, flip the bird? – Robusto Aug 18 '11 at 18:53
  • You answered your own question. All three can be used. My favorite is tick the checkbox. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Aug 18 '11 at 18:56
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    Related: Untick/Uncheck – Kit Z. Fox Aug 18 '11 at 19:13
  • Of course, whoever reviews the checkboxes later will have to check for ticks. – Sven Yargs Aug 31 '15 at 8:28

You could consider select too.

Please select the checkbox.

The meaning of checkbox reported by the NOAD is the following one:

a small box on a computer screen that, when selected by the user, is filled with an X to show that the feature described alongside it has been enabled.

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    Also "click", although "select" is more correct. – JeffSahol Aug 18 '11 at 19:12
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    If adhering to Microsoft style guidelines (documentation section at the bottom here) select and its opposite clear are the things you do with a check box (two words, for check box, in this style). Here's another example from a review of the Microsoft Manual of Style. Some authors and products follow these styles just to be consistent with what is familiar. – aedia λ Aug 18 '11 at 19:18
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    "Select" is ambiguous to me: it could also mean "give it focus" or "highlight it by holding the left mouse button and dragging". – Peter Taylor Aug 18 '11 at 19:29
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    Our internal style guide calls for "select" and "clear" as well. – unexplainedBacn Aug 18 '11 at 20:01

Consider "activate", which is described by oxforddictionaries.com as

Make (something) active or operative

The opposite operation would of course be to "deactivate" the checkbox.

protected by NVZ Jan 17 '17 at 14:55

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