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I am frustrated by Evernote's agressive conversion of checkboxes to checklists. There are plenty of case where checking checkbox does not imply 'done' and does not warrant crossing the item off the list. It's a nice feature for one use case, but it is pretty annoying for all the other use cases. Even when making a checklist (say for a work procedure), I find the strikethrough redundant and unhelpful. The checklist serves as a record of operations, and I actually want to be able to read it even after the boxes are checked. I might very well wish to edit it for the next time I perform that procedure, and the strikethrough interferes.

Probably the best solution would be to have an option on the checklist to turn off the strikethrough.

In the meantime, I have seen that some people have found some workarounds that prevent their checkboxes from being turned into checklists. I like to use bulleted lists with various indent levels and add checkboxes to those. Putting a space before the checkbox was offered as a workaround that prevented the instant conversion of the whole list to a checklist, and that still works, but the next time I open Evernote, even those are converted to checklists.

Does anyone have a workaround that will stick?

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42 minutes ago, N Allen said:

Probably the best solution would be to have an option on the checklist to turn off the strikethrough.

Agreed

43 minutes ago, N Allen said:

I like to use bulleted lists with various indent levels and add checkboxes to those

Not tried that before but when I tried the "space before" hack it looked OK but when I came back to it not only had it converted the checkboxes to a checklist but the bullets had disappeared as well. The same thing happens if you don't bother with the bullet points but just indent with a tab then add space[].

Tables don't destroy the checkboxes but that is long way from what you are wanting.

 

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I should add that while turning off the strikethrough would be nice, it would still leave me frustrated. I often use bulleted lists with an occasional checkbox. Currently the whole thing will get converted to a checklist.

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19 minutes ago, John Canning said:

I've found that if I have one item in my list that does not have a checkbox, then the list does not get turned in to a checklist.

Interesting!

When entering items using the [] shortcut, having a previous item or items without a checkbox does not prevent the conversion of the entire list to a checklist, but I agree that it does prevent the autoconversion on reopening.

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FYI, based on Forum feedback here I added a space before each checkbox on my shopping lists. Seemed to work when I was in the note, but when I returned later to the same note, all of the leading spaces were stripped out and the automatic checklist issue had returned. I found that adding a dash before each checkbox did the job, and looks pretty OK.

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