While your Microsoft Word documents may often be things that contain a lot of words or numbers for school or work, you may occasionally need to create something that needs some symbols or pictures in it.
One of the more commonly-needed symbols is a check mark, such as when you are including a checklist in your document.
Our guide below will show you how to insert a check mark symbol in Word using a “symbols” menu in the application.
How to Make a Check Mark in Word 2013
- Open the document.
- Choose where to put the check mark.
- Select Insert.
- Click Symbols, then More Symbols.
- Choose the Wingdings font.
- Click the check mark symbol.
Our guide continues below with additional information on putting a check mark symbol in Word, incluidng pictures for these steps.
Microsoft Word 2013 has a rather large library of symbols like the square root symbol that you can insert into a document, and the check mark is one of the symbols that is available.
The check mark symbol is part of the Wingdings font, and behaves similarly to any other letter or number that you might include in your document.
Since the check mark is a normal character as far as Word is concerned you can customize it in a variety of ways, making it more flexible than adding a picture of a check mark to your document instead.
Our tutorial will show you how to insert a checkmark into a Word document, as well as how to change its appearance, or copy and paste the check mark into a different location within the document.
If you would like to add check marks to your slideshows too, then our check mark Powerpoint article can show you how.
How to Add a Check Mark to a Document in Word 2013 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article will show you how to locate and insert a check mark symbol into a document. The check mark is a symbol that is included with Word 2013 by default, so any computer that has a copy of Microsoft Word 2013 installed should be able to follow these steps to put a check mark into a document.
These steps will show you how to add a check mark symbol in a Word document.
Step 1: Open the document in Word 2013.
Double-click your Word document file, or create a new document.
Step 2: Click in the document at the point where you wish to insert the check mark.
Place your cursor where you want the checkmark.
Step 3: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.
Select the Insert option.
Step 4: Click the Symbol button at the right end of the ribbon, then click the More Symbols option.
Choose Symbols in the Symbols group, then select More Symbols.
Step 5: Click the Font drop-down menu, then scroll to the bottom of the list and select the Wingdings option.
Choose the Wingdings font.
Step 6: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the grid of symbols, then click the check mark symbol.
Choose a checkmark symbol, then click the Insert button.
Note that there is also a symbol of a check mark inside a box, if you would prefer to use that one.
Once you have finished adding check marks to your document, you can click the Close button on the Symbol window.
Note that you can select a check mark in your document and copy and paste it the same way that you would copy or paste any other text.
More Information on How to Put a Check Mark in Word
- If you select the check mark in your document, you can make it smaller or larger by adjusting the font size. You can also adjust the color, too.
- If you want to make the check mark really big, but the 72 pt font size isn’t enough you can choose to manually enter a font size instead. Learn more about bigger font sizes here.
- Instead of using the copy and paste commands on the right-click menu or in the ribbon, you can also copy a selection by pressing Ctrl + C on your keyboard, and paste by pressing Ctrl + V on your keyboard.
- You can use the same method if you need to insert a check mark into an Excel spreadsheet as well.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Microsoft Word Checkmark Symbols
Where do I find the Symbol dialog box?
You can open the window with the tick mark or check mark symbol by selecting the Insert tab at the top of the window, click Symbol, then choose the More Symbols option.
How do I make a keyboard shortcut for a check mark in Word?
While there isn’t a default shortcut key combination for a tick symbol in Microsoft Word, you can create your own keyboard shortcut.
Click Insert > Symbol > More Symbols > choose the Wingding font, then scroll down and select the checkmark.
You can then click the Shortcut key button, which will open a Customize Keyboard dialog box.
Here you can click inside the Press new shortcut key field and press the keys on your keyboard that you would like to assign as the “insert check mark” keyboard shortcut.
Once you have created it, simply click the Assign button.
After you click Assign you should be able to go into your document and press Alt or press Ctrl and whatever combination of keys you specified for your shortcut.
Note that you may have more luck using a combination of keys that involves the Alt key, as Microsoft Office has a lot of existing character code keyboard shortcuts already, so it’s tough to pick an empty option.
Where do I select Wingdings font to find the check mark symbol?
After you select the Insert tab at the top of the Word window, you can click the Symbols button and then the More Symbols option.
This should open a new window where the Symbols tab is selected.
You can then choose the Font dropdown menu and select the Wingdings font.
You can also select the Segoe UI Symbol font as an alternate symbols option, as that font also offers a large selection of symbols that you can add to your document, including its own checkmark.
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