Insert a check mark

You can use check marks in PowerPoint to highlight the key points of your presentation. These symbols break up the text in your slides and keep your information organized and your audience on track. The simplest way to insert a check mark is by using the Wingdings font.

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Insert a check mark from the toolbar

  1. Place your cursor in the text box on your slide.

    Note: To insert a check mark this way, your cursor must be within a text box. Be sure to place your cursor where you want the check mark to appear.

  2. On the Ribbon, click the Insert tab, and then click Symbol.

    The Symbol icon is on the Insert tab.
  3. In the Symbol dialog box, click to open the Font drop-down menu. Select Wingdings.

    In the Symbol dialog box, you can scroll in the Font menu to find the font you want.
  4. Use the scroll bar on the right side of the Symbol dialog box, and scroll to the last row of symbols. Click either the standalone check mark or the boxed check mark.

    Tip: You can also find these symbols by typing in the individual character codes, 252 for a check mark or 254 for a checked box, in the Character code box at the bottom.

    The Character code field is another way to identify a symbol.
  5. Choose the check mark you want to use, and click Insert. The check mark appears in the text box where you placed your cursor.

    Tip: PowerPoint saves your previous symbols for easy access. Click Insert > Symbol, and find your check mark under Recently used symbols at the bottom of the Symbol dialog box.

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Insert a check mark using a keyboard shortcut

You can insert a symbol using a keyboard shortcut. Your computer must have a 10-key numeric keypad. Also, be sure to enable Num Lock if your keypad requires it to type numbers.

  1. Place the cursor within the text box of the slide in which you want to add the check mark.

  2. On the Home tab, click the Font drop-down menu, and select Wingdings.

    On the Home tab, you can use the Font drop-down menu to find the font you want.
  3. On your keyboard, press and hold the Alt key, and type the code for the symbol you want to enter:

    • Type ALT+0252 for a check mark Check mark .

    • Type ALT+0254 for a checked box Checked box .

    Tip: You can use these same steps to insert any number of symbols into your PowerPoint presentations.

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Insert a check mark or a checked box in a bulleted list

You can also use check marks and checked boxes in a bulleted list.

  1. Place the cursor within the text box.

  2. On the Home tab, click the Bullets icon to open the drop-down menu.

    The Bullets icon is on the Home tab.
  3. Click Bullets and Numbering.

    In the Bullets dialog box, click Bullets and Numbering at the bottom.
  4. In the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, click Customize. This opens the Symbol dialog box.

    In the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, click Customize.
  5. In the Symbol dialog box, click to open the Font drop-down menu, and select Wingdings.

    In the Symbol dialog box, you can scroll in the Font menu to find the font you want.
  6. Using the scroll bar on the right, scroll down to the last row of symbols. Select the check mark or checked box symbol, depending on which one you want. Click Insert.

  7. In the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, click OK to insert the symbol into your slide.

Note: You can also create a bulleted list for text that is already in your slide. To do this, highlight your text, and click the Bullets icon.

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