I am using the checkbox feature in Google Sheets and I have another checkbox that I would like to be ticked when the original one is ticked.

I tried using the formula where the original checkbox is A1 and the secondary checkbox is B4 I would enter the formula =A1 in the B4 formula field, however, this just inserts the value true not a ticked checkbox.

  • can you provide a copy of your sheet?
    – user0
    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:55
  • Will you need that the "another checkbox" works as a checkbox or just that looks as a checkbox? Jul 18, 2018 at 14:09

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This can't be done via "standard" means. Formulas are not permitted as custom checked/unchecked values.

here is one of many methods of how to fake it:

  • decide on cell height / width / color / background color
  • insert checkbox
  • zoom in via browser zoom CTRL + +
  • take a screenshot (ticked and unticked)
  • photoshop it (count for the frame around checkbox)
  • upload it (preferably on your Google Drive to minimalize update lag response)
  • and then use a simple IF statement to insert those images based on another checkbox


The image answer got me thinking and this seems to work best.

  • Insert a checkbox in each cell you want them located

  • Use your arrow key to move to the box you want to be linked You will notice the formula box shows FALSE if unchecked

  • Type the following into the cell, A1 representing the controlling box location


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