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5 ways to create a checklist in SharePoint and Office 365

Posted on September 5, 2018

A frequent request that I get from my clients is the ability to create and track some sort of checklist in SharePoint.  Maybe you have a project checklist or something repeatable employees have to adhere to day in and day out. Maybe you desire consistency in operations. Whatever the reason is – the checklist is a great way to standardize and track repeatable activities. With this post, I would like to explain different ways you can build checklists in SharePoint and Office 365.

Option 1: Custom list with yes/no checkbox

The first option that I like to use is the modern SharePoint custom list. Not only you can build your form quickly by creating new columns and metadata, but you also get all the bells and whistles, courtesy of SharePoint list. You get versioning, views, ability to sort and filter. Moreover, most checklists contain simple YES/NO checkboxes. The modern interface of a custom list allows for a very cools way to fill in this info.

checklist in SharePoint and Office 365

checklist in SharePoint and Office 365

On top of that, you can use item-level permissions to assure users only edit own entries.

Option 2: SharePoint Task List

Another option to build a checklist is to use a Task list web part. Used mostly for project scheduling, you can also use it to create checklists. Also, you can enable email notifications and create subtasks as well. I cover all these features in great detail in this post.



Option 3: Planner tasks

If you want to manage tasks for a checklist via a cool, modern and visual interface, you might want to consider creating a plan in Planner. One thing to bear in mind is that Planner is part of Office 365 Group, so you won’t be able to create just a plan for a checklist, you will get the whole package that comes with Office 365 Groups (SharePoint Site, distribution list, calendar, Teams and so on). To familiarize yourself with Planner, click here.


Option 4: Planner task with checklist inside

Another option that is similar to the one above, but with a slight variation, is to use the Planner checklist option. In the option above we used each task in Planner as a single checklist item/task. This option is different. Each task within Planner allows you to build a checklist inside of a task.


Option 5: OneNote checklist

Another option is to track checklist via OneNote. Besides being a superb note-taking application, OneNote also allows you to build cool-looking checklists as well that users can check off with a click of a mouse. This is done using To Do Tag functionality.


To read more about OneNote, click here.

How to replicate checklist tasks

All of the above options provide a great and unique way to capture checklist tasks. However, with checklists, you usually need to replicate them often. Here is how to replicate the checklist for all of the options I outlined above.

To replicate Custom Lists and Task lists (Options 1 & 2)


To replicate Tasks and Task checklist in Planner (Options 3 & 4)



To replicate Checklist To Do in OneNote (Option 5)


About Me

I’m Greg Zelfond, a U.S. based SharePoint consultant, and I provide affordable out-of-the-box SharePoint consulting, training, and configuration assistance to small and medium-sized businesses all over the world.

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