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Learn how you can insert a check mark or tick mark in PowerPoint for Windows. PowerPoint check mark symbols allow you to mark a task as completed easily.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: PowerPoint for Windows
OS: Microsoft Windows
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Do you want to insert a check mark, which is also called a tick mark or a tally mark, in your PowerPoint slides? Very often, this symbol indicates a task that’s done, an answer that’s correct, or something that’s checked or verified. You may want to add this check or tick symbol as part of your regular text in text placeholders and boxes, shapes, tables, and even charts. Fortunately, it is very easy to complete this task in most versions of PowerPoint for Windows. There may be slight differences, depending upon whether you are using a newer or older version of PowerPoint, but even then, the process is very similar. Using one of these options, you will be able to add a check mark or tick mark in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint Check Mark
Do you want to insert a check mark, which is also called a tick mark or a tally mark, in your PowerPoint slides? Very often, this symbol indicates a task that’s done, an answer that’s correct, or something that’s checked or verified. You may want to add this check or tick symbol as part of your regular text in text placeholders and boxes, shapes, tables, and even charts.
Fortunately, it is very easy to complete this task in most versions of PowerPoint for Windows. There may be slight differences, depending upon whether you are using a newer or older version of PowerPoint, but even then, the process is very similar. Using one of these options, you will be able to add a check mark or tick mark in PowerPoint.
We will look at four ways to add a check mark in PowerPoint for Windows:
- Use an Alt key combination
- Use the Symbol dialog box
- Use the Character Map program
- Create an AutoCorrect entry to use often
Add Check Marks in PowerPoint for Mac, or for the Web?
Do you want to add the check mark symbol in non-Windows versions of PowerPoint? You can learn more in our tutorials to add Check Mark in PowerPoint for Mac or Check Mark in PowerPoint for the Web.
Also, these same techniques also work in Word and Excel too.
1. Use an Alt key combination
Some years ago, it was easy to add a check mark using an Alt key combination with some numbers in PowerPoint. However, this is no longer true, because when you press the Alt key, and type numbers, commands on the Quick Access Toolbar get activated.
The solution is to use Notepad with the Alt key trick, and then paste the resultant content from Notepad to PowerPoint. This trick works as long as you have a separate number pad on your keyboard:
- Launch Notepad, as shown in Figure 1, below. You'll notice that we clicked once within Notepad to establish an insertion point.
Figure 1: Click once within Notepad
- Now, hold the Alt key while you type 0252 on the number pad of your keyboard to insert an ü (u umlaut) character, as shown in Figure 2, below. You'll have to type the numbers in quick succession while holding the Alt key.
Figure 2: Add an ü (u umlaut) character in Notepad
- If you are using a laptop computer that does not have a number pad, then you can usually press the Num Lock key and use alternate characters printed on the keyboard, usually in another color.
- You can also use Windows' On-Screen Keyboard app.
No Number Pad?
Figure 3: Copy from Notepad and paste the u umlaut character in PowerPoint
Figure 4: With the u umlaut character selected, change the font to Wingdings
Wingdings, Wingdings 2, and Dingbats
2. Use the Symbol dialog box
To access the check mark character from the Symbol dialog box, follow these steps:
- In PowerPoint, click within any text container object to place your insertion point, as shown in Figure 5, below.
Figure 5: Place your insertion point
- Now access the Insert tab of the Ribbon,and click the Symbol button, as shown in Figure 6, below.
Figure 6: Click the Symbol button
- Doing so brings up the Symbol dialog box, that you can see in Figure 7, below.
Figure 7: The Symbol dialog box
- Make sure you change the font to Wingdings in the Font dropdown list, highlighted in green in Figure 7, above. Scroll down the preview area to find the check mark character, shown highlighted in red within Figure 7, above. You then press the Insert key, highlighted in blue to place your check mark in PowerPoint.
- Double-click any character to quickly add it to your insertion point in PowerPoint. You can double-click characters in quick succession, one after the other, to add multiple characters to your insertion point on the slide.
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3. Use the Character Map
Character Map is not an option within PowerPoint, but a small program that is built-in within Microsoft Windows. To bring up Character Map, you can bring up the Run dialog box from the Windows Start menu, as shown in Figure 8, below.
Figure 8: Bring up Character Map from the Run dialog box
Next type in "charmap" without the quotes, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 8. Now click the OK button.
This will bring up the Character Map program, as can be seen in Figure 9, below.
Figure 9: Character Map
Now follow these steps:
- Click the Font dropdown list, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 9, above. Choose the Wingdings font.
- Now, locate the check mark symbol, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 10, below.
Figure 10: Advanced view in Character Map
- Now, click the Select button, highlighted in blue within Figure 10, above.
- Now the Copy button is available, as seen highlighted in red within Figure 11, below. You can click the Copy button, and navigate to PowerPoint or any other open application, and paste it there.
Figure 11: Copy from the Character Map
- When you paste, you may not see the check mark (tick mark) as expected. You may see the ü umlaut character in PowerPoint. To see the check mark (tick mark), please select the ü umlaut character, and change the font to Wingdings.
Sometimes, you may find that the font size of your pasted check mark character in PowerPoint may be different that the nearby text. In that case, make sure you match the font size of the text pasted.
4. Create an AutoCorrect entry
Finally, you can create an AutoCorrect entry that lets you add a check mark quickly, with a shortcut. To do so, follow these steps:
- In PowerPoint, click the File button to bring up Backstage view. Then click the Options link to bring up the PowerPoint Options dialog box that you see in Figure 12.
Figure 12: PowerPoint Options
- Select the Proofing tab in the sidebar and click the AutoCorrect Options button, as highlighted in red within Figure 10, above.
- You can also access the AutoCorrect dialog box shown in Figure 13 with a keyboard sequence. To do so, press both the Alt and T keys together, and next press A. You can find more such keyboard sequences in our Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint 365 for Windows page.
- Doing so will bring up the AutoCorrect dialog box, as shown in Figure 13, below. Select the AutoCorrect tab, and type in your shortcut in the Replace box, highlighted in redwithin Figure 13. We typed _/, that is an underscore followed by a slash.
Figure 13: AutoCorrect dialog box
- In the With box, we typed in an u umlaut. You can use any technique, or just copy this character (ü). Paste this character within the With box, highlighted in blue in Figure 13. Next, click the OK button, highlighted in green.
- This action will bring you back to the PowerPoint Options dialog box. Click the OK button.
Tip: Access AutoCorrect Options
Now, whenever you type _/, PowerPoint will replace these characters with an u umlaut. In case you don't want the _/ characters to be replaced with an u umlaut, press Ctrl + Z to undo. To see the check mark (tick mark) rather than the u umlaut, change the font to Wingdings. Also, do note that any AutoCorrect entry you create will work in all Microsoft applications, such as Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
As you learned, there is not one but four ways that you can use to insert a check mark or a tick mark within your slides in PowerPoint for Windows. Do use the way that works best for you, and wish you all success in your presentations.
People Also Ask:
Is there a check mark symbol in PowerPoint?
If you want to add a check mark, you can use the Insert Symbol option. You can do this within a line of text, at the beginning or end of a line of text, in a cell for a table, or in a PowerPoint shape.
How do I type a tick in PowerPoint?
You can easily insert a check mark, also known as a tick mark in Word, Outlook, Excel, or PowerPoint. These static symbols are the perfect way to show your audience that you mean business. Simply place the cursor where you want to insert the symbol and follow steps on this page, and voilà!
What is the Alt code for a check mark?
Adding a check mark to a document, spreadsheet, presentation slide, or web page can be done in a few different ways. The easiest way to create a check mark is by pressing and holding Alt, then typing 0252 on the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard.
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Position the cursor in a text box, placeholder, table cell or shape where you want to insert a check mark symbol. Press Alt + 0252 or Alt + 0254 on the numeric keypad. If the sequence doesn't work, press NumLock on the numeric keypad.What is the ✔ symbol? ›
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- Select the cell in which you want the check mark symbol.
- Click the Insert tab in the ribbon.
- Click on the Symbol icon.
- In the Symbol dialog box that opens, select 'Segoe UI Symbol' as the font.
- Scroll down till you find the check mark symbol and the double click on it (or click on Insert).