Numbers is more than a simple spreadsheet application. You can do things like create a form for data entry and insert interactive charts, in addition to tracking. Another great feature is the ability to add controls like check boxes, star ratings, pop-up menus, sliders, and steppers. These items give you easy ways to do data entry, fill out forms, and analyze your data.

Here, we’ll show you how to add each of these controls and adjust their settings to fit your needs. So if you want to add a check box, slider, star rating, or similar control in your next Numbers sheet, here’s how.

Controls in Numbers

Add a control to Numbers on Mac

Each of the controls we’ll cover are inserted the same way. So open your Numbers sheet and do the following.

1) Select a cell to add a control.

2) Click the Format button on the top right.

3) Pick the Cell tab at the top of the sidebar.

4) Click the Data Format drop-down box and choose the control from the bottom of the list.

Numbers Data Format Choose a Control on Mac

Add a check box

A check box is the simplest control to work with and use. It’s ideal if you’re creating your own checklist in Numbers. But you can also use it when creating a form for others to complete.

Select Checkbox in the Data Format list and that’s all there is to it. Click the check box to mark and unmark it.

Numbers Data Format Checkbox on Mac

Add a star rating

We see star ratings everywhere, in Apple Music for songs and on the App Store for apps and games. You can rank an item on a scale using stars. Numbers makes this control easy to use as well. A star rating defaults to a five-star scale.

Select Star Rating in the Data Format list and you’re done. To use the rating, click one of the five dots starting on the left to set the rating. So if you want to rate something with four stars, click the fourth dot from the left.

Numbers Data Format Star Rating on Mac

Add a slider or stepper

Sliders and steppers are similar. They allow you to pick a value from a range you set. And you can use them in conjunction with charts or other data see the changes as you adjust the values. With a slider, you move a button up and down to choose from a range of values. With a stepper, you use the arrows to move up and down a set number of increments at a time.

Numbers Slider vs Stepper

Select Slider or Stepper in the Data Format list and adjust the settings.

Enter the Minimum and Maximum values and the number of Increments. Set the Format for a number, currency, percentage, or fraction. Select a Decimals setting and display for negative numbers. And finally, check the box if you want a Thousands Separator.

Numbers Data Format Slider on Mac

Add a pop-up menu

A pop-up menu gives you a handy way to select items from a list. As examples, you can choose a color or size for a product, currency for a donation, or name from a list of employees.

Select Pop-Up Menu in the Data Format list and add the list items in the text boxes that appear. Use the plus and minus buttons to add and remove items and the drop-down box to show the first item in your list or a blank for None.

Numbers Data Format Pop-Up Menu on Mac

Add a control to Numbers on iPhone and iPad

You can add each of the same controls to your sheet in Numbers on iPhone and iPad.

1) Select a cell to add a control.

2) Tap Format (paintbrush) at the top.

3) Pick the Format tab in the pop-up.

4) Choose the control you want to use. For a slider, stepper, or pop-up menu, tap the Info icon to adjust the settings as described above for Mac.

Numbers Data Format Choose a Control on iPhone

Wrapping it up

Whether you want to speed up data entry or experiment with your charts, these controls can help you do it. Are you going to add a check box, slider, or pop-up menu to your Numbers sheet? Let us know!