Insert a check mark symbol

You can easily insert a check mark symbol in your Word documents 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

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Insert a symbol by using the Symbol command

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click Symbol.
  2. In the Symbol dialog box, on the Symbols tab, in the Font box, click Wingdings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the list, where you will find several common check mark symbols. Double-click the symbol that you want.

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Insert a symbol by using its character code

You can also use the character code of the symbol as a keyboard shortcut. For example, to insert the check mark symbol, change the font to Wingdings, and then press and hold ALT while typing 0252 on the numeric keypad.

 Note   You must use the numeric keypad and not the keyboard to type the numbers. Make sure that the NUM LOCK key is on if your keyboard requires it to type numbers on the numeric keypad.

Symbol Character Code
X symbol ALT+0251
Check mark symbol ALT+0252
X in box symbol ALT+0253
Checked box symbol ALT+0254

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

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Insert a symbol in Word by using AutoCorrect

AutoCorrect requires that you first define the AutoCorrect text and symbol.

  1. On the Insert menu, click Symbol, and then click the Symbols tab.
  2. In the Font box, click Wingdings, and then scroll to the bottom of the list.
  3. Select the symbol that you want, and then click AutoCorrect.

The selected symbol will automatically appear in the With box.

  1. In the Replace box, type a word or phrase that you want to associate with the check mark symbol — for example, type check1.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Click OK.
  4. In your documents, when you want to use the check mark symbol that you just defined, type the replace word that you used in step 4.

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Applies to:
Excel 2010, Word 2010