How to Make a Check Mark with a Keyboard in MS Office

Add check marks to your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents

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 the 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 Microsoft 365, Excel 2019, Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Word for Microsoft 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010.

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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 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.

  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.

    Selecting the checkmark in Character Map.
  4. Select AutoCorrect. The AutoCorrect dialog box will open.

  5. Type the word or phrase you want to replace with a check mark whenever you type it. In this example, ckmrk is used.

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  6. Select Add, then select OK to add the AutoCorrect entry and close the dialog box.

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