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I'm struggling with Checklists and Check Boxes
Using the square brackets shortcut initially gives me a Checklist, repeating then gives me a Checkbox (formatted slightly below the Checklist) see image.
Using Insert Checkbox then 'Return' to create a new line appears to convert the Checkbox to a Checklist. This is hugely frustrating. I just want multiple rows of Checkboxes. Any idea how to do this easily?
TIA

 

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In truth, Evernote has attempted to deprecate the checkboxes in favour of checklists.  Boxes are intended (now) to be single check box in the middle of text.  If you put a BOX at the start of a line it will convert to a LIST. If not immediately then when you return to the note later.  If you put a box in the middle of some text (including inside a LIST) then it will stay as a box.

Best way forward at the start of a line is to type a character such as a . or - followed by [].

There are a number of threads with various workarounds that different folk use. This is a workflow that I decided I had to come to terms with since nothing looks likely to change in the near future.

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I haven't typically used 'boxes or 'lists,  so thanks for the question - you made me look into it!  The simple answer seems to be to type the text you want to be check listed or boxed and then choose which effect you want to apply.  One is under the '+' menu,  the other under '...' - the appropriate boxes will magically appear against your text.

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Who is using checkboxes for checklists is simply working against the system default.

One must not like them, but they are here to stay. Better make your peace with this way of formatting checklists, and move on to a more productive use of time and effort 

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9 minutes ago, kjm4321 said:

You are of course perfectly entitled to your opinion. Your post is however not helpful or constructive.

Whatever - who thinks about my post, can save a lot of fruitless effort.

And this IS helpful and constructive.

Beside this my personal assumption is that EN will not change the checklist / checkbox design even the slightest. Running against it is likely running head first into a wall.

If this was helpful and constructive you can decide for yourself.

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On 7/4/2022 at 7:11 AM, PinkElephant said:

Who is using checkboxes for checklists is simply working against the system default.

One must not like them, but they are here to stay. Better make your peace with this way of formatting checklists, and move on to a more productive use of time and effort 

Well, an elephant never forgets, so you have the advantage of remembering the lessons you've learned from the past. Some of us (definitely including me!) are more like bulls or pigs--at least in English idiom, where we speak of a stubborn person being bull-headed or pig-headed. We refuse to learn lessons! I will keep putting that little . before a [] because I want a box not a list! I will make the wall remember me, since I refuse to remember it! 😁

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I totally agree, this is a very frustrating trait - to convert to a checklist upon the return key.  Just turn that off and lets us insert the next checkbox we want.  Why do you "have to" convert to a checklist?  I can do that by selecting a checklist from the start.

I keep a shopping list of all the typical items I buy at Costco and then I check the ones I want to buy this trip.  I don't want the strike-out as it makes it seem that I have already purchased that off my list, not that it is pending.  Thus I use checkboxes and check the items I want that trip, then on my phone, I uncheck the box when it is in my cart.

Just disable the "conversion" behavior, easiest code change ever.

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@PuddinHead, please be aware that these are mainly user-to-user forums, not direct feedback to Evernote. You would need to contact support to register your opinion with them. For the record, I agree that the auto-conversion is not desirable and results in a kind of formatting that not everyone wants to use. I will say that your use is kind of the inverse of the usual way of doing a checklist; but I will also say, so what, this is something where Evernote should be more flexible. (See the previous elephantine exchange about who should be flexible, EN or the users.:) )

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@PuddinHead, My Costco shopping list (and many other lists) work just like yours. I also have many other one-time lists that work the normal way, and checklists work fine for these.

@Boot17, On my android version, the bulleted lists with checkboxes always get converted to checklists when I add an item to the bottom of the list. However, the method works for numbered lists and seems to stick better. I notice that it also works for checklists (i.e., add a checkbox to the selected checklist, and each item in the checklist gets a checkbox in addition to the checklist box). This might be the useful for some lists, if you can remember which of the 2 boxes you want to check.

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