Insert a check mark symbol

You can easily insert a check mark (also known as a "tick mark") symbol in your Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel workbooks. The Wingdings® font that most Microsoft Windows® users have installed enables you to choose between several symbols that can be used as a check mark. The most common symbols include:

Check mark symbol X symbol Checked box symbol X in box symbol

These marks are static symbols. If you're looking for a more interactive check box see: Add a check box or option button (Excel) or Make a checklist in Word.

Insert a check mark using the Symbol button on the ribbon

  1. Make sure your cursor is at the place in the file where you want to insert the symbol.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click Symbol > More Symbols.

  3. On the Symbols tab, in the Font drop-down menu, click Wingdings.

  4. Scroll to the bottom of the list, and double-click the check mark symbol. The symbol will be inserted in your file. You can click Close now unless you want to insert additional symbols.

    List of the special characters available as part of the Wingdings font.

Insert a check mark using character code

You can also use the character code of the symbol as a keyboard shortcut.

Note: You need to use the numeric keypad on your keyboard to type the numbers; this won't work if you use the numbers across the top of your keyboard. Make sure that Num Lock is on when you type the numbers.

  1. On the Home tab, in the Font group, change the font to Wingdings.

  2. Press and hold the Alt key, and type the character code.

    The following table lists the character codes for the most common check marks:

    Character codes for the common check mark symbols.

Important: Don't skip step #1 otherwise you probably won't get the right character when you enter the code.

Make sure you change the font to your previous font after inserting the symbol.

Insert a check mark using AutoCorrect

To insert a symbol quickly without accessing any menus, assign a keystroke or text to the symbol. This is especially handy if you plan to insert the check mark often and don't want to have to go thru the Symbols command on the ribbon each time.

The steps are slightly different in Excel or PowerPoint vs Word so select the product you're using from the drop-down control below:

  1. On the Insert tab, click Symbol > More Symbols.

  2. On the Symbols tab, in the Font drop-down menu, select Wingdings.

  3. Scroll down the list, and click the symbol you want to use.

  4. Click AutoCorrect.

    The symbol you select will automatically appear in the With box.

  5. In the Replace box, type a word or phrase that you want to associate with the check mark symbol, for example, type check1.

    In the AutoCorrect tab, in the Replace box, type a word or phrase that you want to associate with the check mark symbol.
  6. Click Add > OK.

  7. Whenever you want to use the check mark symbol that you just defined, type the word that you used in step 5 to add the symbol.

Tip: If the character inserted is not the one you wanted, try highlighting the character that was inserted and make sure the font of that character is Wingdings.

In Excel and PowerPoint you have to insert the symbol once, copy it, then add the AutoCorrect rule. Once you've completed step 8, below, you can delete the symbol you inserted to create the rule, if you want to, so don't worry too much about where you insert it.

  1. On the Insert tab, click Symbol > More Symbols.

  2. On the Symbols tab, in the Font drop-down menu, select Wingdings.

  3. Scroll down the list, and double-click the symbol you want to use to insert it in the file. Close the symbols dialog box.

  4. Select the inserted symbol in your workbook, and click Copy from the Home tab of the ribbon. (or press CTRL+C).

  5. Click File > Options > Proofing >AutoCorrect Options.

  6. Click the With box and press CTRL+V to paste the copied symbol into the field.

  7. In the Replace box, type a word or phrase that you want to associate with the symbol, for example, type check1.

    In the AutoCorrect tab, in the Replace box, type a word or phrase that you want to associate with the check mark symbol.
  8. Click Add > OK.

  9. Whenever you want to use the check mark symbol that you just defined, type the word that you used in step 7 to add the symbol.

Tip: If the character inserted is not the one you wanted, try highlighting the character that was inserted and make sure the font of that character is Wingdings.

See Also

Add a check box or option button (Form controls)

Make a checklist in Word

Insert a symbol or special character

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