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Add a check mark or tick symbol in Microsoft Word

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2024-05-29

Whether you're compiling a to-do list, designing a survey, or preparing presentation slides, incorporating check marks or tick symbols can significantly enhance clarity and visual appeal.

Microsoft Word offers several methods to insert these symbols, each suitable for different needs and preferences. In this tutorial, we'll explore various ways to add check marks or tick symbols in Word, so you can choose the one that best fits your scenario.

Note: These marks are static symbols. For interactive checkboxes that you can toggle on and off, refer to: How to insert check box form field in Word document.

Video: Add a check mark in Word

Add a check sign by using Kutools for Word

Kutools for Word offers a versatile Check Box utility that simplifies the process of adding various types of check marks or checkboxes to your documents.

  1. In your document, place the cursor where you want to insert a check mark.
  2. On the Kutools tab, click the Check Box button, and select a preferred check mark symbol from the dropdown.

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Insert a tick mark by using Alt codes for tick marks

Using Alt codes to insert tick marks in Microsoft Word is a quick and efficient method, though it does require memorizing specific numerical codes. Once you know the codes for your desired check symbols, you can quickly input them using the numeric keypad for immediate insertion into your document.

Note: This method requires a keyboard with an independent numeric keypad typically located on the right side. If your keyboard lacks one, the Alt codes will not function.

  1. In your document, place the cursor where you want to insert a check sign.
  2. While holding the Alt key, type 0252 on the numeric keypad. Tip: Release the Alt key after typing the code.

  3. Select the symbol that appears, and change the font to Wingdings to correctly display it as a tick.

Note: For inserting a checkmark within a checkbox , use Alt + 0254.

Add a check mark symbol by entering a custom AutoCorrect text shortcut

If you frequently use check mark symbols in your documents, setting up a custom AutoCorrect text shortcut can be a tremendous time-saver. This method allows you to insert check marks automatically by typing a predefined text string.

  1. Click Insert > Symbol > More Symbols.

  2. In the Symbol dialog box:
    1. Select the Font dropdown and choose Wingdings, then scroll through these symbols to find the check mark that suits your needs.
    2. Click the AutoCorrect button.

  3. In the AutoCorrect dialog box:
    1. Enter a unique text code that you will remember and use as a shortcut (e.g., "\tick") into the Replace field.
    2. Click Add to include this new AutoCorrect entry to the list.
    3. Click OK to save this text shortcut.

  4. Place the cursor where you want to insert the check mark, enter the designated shortcut text (e.g., "\tick"), and press the Spacebar, Word will automatically replace it with the check mark symbol.

Note: If you ever need to modify or delete your custom AutoCorrect entry, simply revisit the AutoCorrect, find your entry in the list, and make the necessary changes or use the Delete button to remove it.

Insert a tick mark by pressing a custom shortcut

If you often find yourself needing to insert check sign symbols in your documents and prefer keyboard shortcuts, this method will show you how to create a custom shortcut to enhance your productivity and save time. 

  1. Click Insert > Symbol > More Symbols.

  2. In the Symbol dialog box:
    1. Select the Font dropdown and choose Wingdings, then scroll through these symbols to find the check mark that suits your needs.
    2. Click the Shortcut Key button.

  3. In the Customize Keyboard dialog box:
    1. Place your cursor in the Press new shortcut key box, and press the combination of keys (e.g., Alt + T) that you want to assign as your shortcut. Ensure that this shortcut doesn't conflict with existing shortcuts, such as Ctrl + C for copying.
    2. Click Assign to set the chosen keystroke as the shortcut for inserting the tick mark.
    3. Click Close to dismiss the dialog.

  4. Place the cursor where you want to insert a tick sign, and press the assigned keyboard shortcut (e.g., Alt + T).

Note: To modify or delete your custom keyboard shortcut for a symbol, in the Symbol menu, select the symbol first and click Shortcut Key (as outlined in step 2). In the Customize Keyboard dialog, select the shortcut key in the Current keys list, and select Remove.

Insert a check mark by copying and pasting an existing one

A fast method for adding a tick mark to your Word document involves copying the symbol from another source and pasting it into your document.

  1. Choose the tick mark you prefer, and press Ctrl + C to copy it.
    (Here we have listed a variety of check and cross marks for you to copy, you can also copy one from another document or website: ✓ ✔ ☑ ✅ ✕ ✖ ✗ ✘)
  2. In your document, place the cursor where you want to paste the check mark, and press Ctrl + V.

Add a tick mark graphic

Inserting a tick mark graphic is ideal for adding visually distinct and larger tick marks, which can be particularly useful in presentations or where larger symbols are needed.

  1. In your document, place the cursor where you want to insert a check sign graphic.
  2. Click on Insert > Icons.

  3. In the search box, type "check" or "tick" or other text to filter the available graphics.

  4. Choose the desired graphic(s) and click Insert.


The selected graphic(s) is inserted into your document where your cursor is located.

Difference between a symbol and a graphic in Word
  Symbol Graphic
Nature A text character from a font like Wingdings. An image or icon treated as a graphic element.
Behavior Functions as text; easily formatted and aligns with other text. Manipulated like an image; offers visual flexibility but doesn't align with text as seamlessly.
Usage Best for text-heavy documents like lists and forms where alignment and consistent text formatting are needed. Ideal for presentations and documents requiring visual emphasis or decorative elements.

Create a check sign bullet list

If you want to create organized lists where each item is marked by a check sign, here’s how you can create a custom bullet list using check signs:

  1. Highlight the list items in your document.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the dropdown arrow beside the Bullets button, and select the check sign bullet.


Your list items now have check signs as bullet points.

Note: If the check mark is not listed in your Bullet Library, click the Define New Bullet command, and in the pop-up dialog:

  1. Select the symbol button.
  2. Enter or select the Wingdings font in the Font box.
  3. Select the preferred check sign symbol.
  4. Click OK in the Symbol dialog.
  5. Click OK in the Define New Bullet dialog.

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