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Hi Friends,

how to know check box is checked or not in excel but not using macros.
Can anyone plz help me on this?

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Hello @Ashwini_Ashu ,

There may be other solutions, but I will give this a shot. I could not get the standard UI automation activities to get me the “checked” attribute of the checkboxes. So, I switched to OCR and came up with this pattern which seems to be repeatable using the Tesseract OCR engine with the settings as shown below.

After testing multiple times, the engine came back consistently with the following pattern:

  • A checked box was scraped as [7 Item 1
  • An unchecked box was scraped as [— Item 3

And so, I scraped the full region of the check boxes and it came back with the correct results. In this screen grab below you can see that only Item 3 appears differently because it is unchecked.


For this to work reliably, see the conditions below. Prototype Excel file attached for you to test this on your end to see if you can get consistent results.

Book-Checkbox.xlsx (20.5 KB)


  1. Works only with Tesseract OCR Engine .
  2. If you enable Developer mode by adding the Developer tab and edit each of the checkboxes, the Special effect property must be set to the default “Sunken effect” as shown below.

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