How to Make a Check Mark on a Keyboard

Add check marks to your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents

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There are multiple ways to insert a check mark (sometimes referred to as a tick mark) in Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel worksheets. Learn how to make a check mark on keyboard using character codes, from the Insert tab of the ribbon, and by copying it from the Windows character map. Other options include creating your own keyboard shortcut or AutoCorrect entry to use whenever you need to add a check mark.

Instructions in this article apply to Excel for Office 365, Excel 2019, Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Word for Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010.

How to Make a Check Mark on Keyboard

ASCII and Unicode codes include symbols and special characters, such as check marks or tick marks. When you know the character code for the symbol or character you want to insert, you can add it with a keyboard shortcut using the character code.

  1. Open the Word document, PowerPoint presentation slide, or Excel worksheet in which you want to add a check mark. Alternatively, open a new, blank document, worksheet, or presentation.

  2. Place the cursor on the file where you want to add the first check mark.

  3. Type "221A," press and hold the Alt key, then type "X." A check mark will appear.

How to Add a Check Mark from the Insert Tab

When you want to add a check mark on the fly, accessing symbols from the Insert tab in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel is fast and simple.

  1. Open the Word document, PowerPoint presentation slide, or Excel worksheets in which you want to add a check mark. Alternatively, open a new, blank document, worksheet, or presentation.

  2. Place the cursor on the file where you want to add the first check mark.

  3. Select Insert > Symbol > More Symbols. The Insert Symbol dialog box will open.

    Screenshot of Symbol on the Insert tab in Word
  4. Select a font on the Symbols tab. Wingdings 2 is selected in this example.

    Screenshot of WingDings 2 in Font box of Insert Symbol dialog

    Not all fonts have the same characters in them, so it's important to use the right font to find a check mark or other symbol or character.

  5. Select the check mark in the gallery of symbols.

    Screenshot of check mark in Insert Symbol dialog box in Word
  6. Select Insert to add the check mark and close the Insert Symbol dialog box.

How to Copy and Paste a Check Mark from the Windows Character Map

You can find and use check marks and other special characters in the Character Map app built into Windows.

  1. Type "character map" in the Windows Search or Start Search box and select Character Map when it appears in the results. The Character Map application will open.

    Screenshot of Character Map in Windows search results
  2. Select a font in the Font box.

    Screenshot of Font box in Character Map window
  3. Select the check mark symbol, choose Select, then select Copy.

    Screenshot of check mark symbol, Select and Copy
  4. Position the cursor where you want the check mark to appear in your Office file.

  5. Press Ctrl+V or select Paste in the Clipboard group of the Home tab. Alternatively, drag the check mark from Character Map into an open document.

How to Assign a Keyboard Shortcut for Check Marks in Word Documents

If you use check marks frequently in Word, create your own keyboard shortcut to add check marks using the keyboard.

  1. Select Insert > Symbol > More Symbols. The Insert Symbol dialog box will open.

    Screenshot of Symbol on the Insert tab in Word
  2. Select a font in the Font box.

    Screenshot of Font box in Character Map window
  3. Select the check mark in the symbols.

  4. Select Shortcut Key. The Customize Key dialog box will open.

    Screenshot of Shortcut Key button in Insert Symbol dialog box
  5. Select Press New Shortcut Key and press a shortcut key combination.

    Screenshot of Press New Shortcut Key field in Customize Keyboard dialog

    Choose a shortcut key combination that you will easily remember. Ctrl + . is used in this example.

  6. Check the Currently Assigned To box. If it reads "Currently Assigned to," the shortcut is already in use. If it says "[unassigned]," the shortcut is available for use.

  7. Select Assign to assign the keyboard shortcut to the check mark symbol and begin using it in Word.

How to Create an AutoCorrect Entry for the Check Mark Symbol in Word

Since the AutoCorrect list applies across all Office programs that support the AutoCorrect feature. When you add an entry, it will apply to other applications.

  1. Select Insert > Symbol > More Symbols. The Insert Symbol dialog box will open.

    Screenshot of Symbol on the Insert tab in Word
  2. Select a font in the Font box.

    Screenshot of Font box in Character Map window
  3. Select the check mark in the list of symbols.

  4. Select AutoCorrect. The AutoCorrect dialog box will open.

    Screenshot of AutoCorrect button in Insert Symbol dialog box
  5. Type the word or phrase you want to replace with a check mark whenever you type it. In this example, "ckmrk" is used.

    Screenshot of ckmrk in the Replace box of the AutoCorrect dialog
  6. Select Add, then select OK to add the AutoCorrect entry and close the dialog box.