Insert or Type a Check Mark or Tick Mark Symbol in Google Docs

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated November 1, 2021

Applies to: Google Docs® (Windows or Mac)

You can insert or type a check mark or tick mark symbol in a Google Docs file in several ways. Check marks can be inserted using built-in commands or you can create a Substitutions shortcut. It's important to note that there is a difference between inserting a static check mark and inserting a clickable check box in a Checklist.

In this article, we'll review 4 ways to insert a check mark or tick mark in a Google Docs file:

  1. Insert check marks as bullets
  2. Insert a clickable check box in a Checklist
  3. Insert a check mark in a line of text or in a table using the Insert special characters dialog box
  4. Create and use a Substitutions shortcut

First, you will need to log in to your Google Drive account at drive.google.com and then open the document in which you want to insert the check mark(s).

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1. Inserting a check mark by inserting bullets

If you want to insert a check mark at the beginning of one or more paragraphs, you can apply custom bullets.

To apply check marks as custom bullets to paragraphs:

  1. Select the paragraph(s) to which you want to add check marks.
  2. Click Format in the menu. A drop-down menu appears.
  3. Select Bullets & numbering, then List options and then More bullets from the sub-menu. The Insert special characters dialog box appears.
  4. In the Search box, type check mark. Check marks will appear on the left.
  5. Click the check mark you want to use.
  6. Click Close (X on the top right of the dialog box).

The check marks will be added at the beginning of the paragraph(s).

The Format menu in Google Docs can be used to add More bullets such as check marks:

Bullets and numbering command in Google Docs to add more bullets such as check marks.

In the Insert special characters dialog box, you can click the check mark or other character you want to insert:

Insert special characters dialog in Google Docs to add a check mark or tick mark.

2. Inserting a clickable check box in a Checklist

If you want to insert a check box that you can click to add a check mark at the beginning of one or more paragraphs, you'll need to create a Checklist. This is a great feature for To Do lists.

To insert a clickable check box at the beginning of one or more paragraphs:

  1. Select the paragraph(s) to which you want to add the clickable check box.
  2. Click Format in the menu. A drop-down menu appears.
  3. Select Bullets & numbering, then List options and then Checklist from the sub-menu. A check box will be added at the beginning of each paragraph.
  4. Click the box to add or remove a check mark in the box.

3. Inserting a check mark using Insert special characters

You can insert a check mark, as well as other symbols, anywhere in a line of text or in a table using Insert special characters.

To insert a check mark in a Google Docs document using Insert special characters:

  1. Position the cursor in the document where you want to insert a check mark.
  2. Click Insert in the menu. A drop-down menu appears.
  3. Click Special characters. A dialog box appears.
  4. In the Search box, type check mark. Check marks will appear on the left.
  5. Click the check mark you want to use.
  6. Click Close (X on the top right of the dialog box).

4. Inserting a check mark using a Substitutions shortcut

To add a check mark in Google Docs to use as a Substitutions keyboard shortcut:

  1. Position the cursor in a document.
  2. Click Insert in the menu. A drop-down menu appears.
  3. Click Special characters. A dialog box appears.
  4. In the Search box, type check mark. Check marks will appear on the left.
  5. Click the check mark you want to use.
  6. Click Close (X on the top right of the dialog box).
  7. Select the check mark and press Ctrl + C or Command + C to copy it.
  8. Click Tools in the menu. A drop-down menu appears.
  9. Click Preferences. A dialog box appears.
  10. Click the Substitutions tab.
  11. Click in the With box and press Ctrl + V or Command + V to paste the check mark.
  12. Click in the Replace box and enter the combination of letters and symbols you want to replace such as (c1).
  13. Click OK.

Below is the Preferences dialog box in Google Docs with an entry for a check mark.

Using the Substitutions dialog box in Google Docs to add a keyboard shortcut for a check mark.

To use the entry in a document, type the entry and then press the Spacebar.

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You can insert or type a check mark or tick mark symbol in a Google Docs file in several ways. Check marks can be inserted using built-in commands or you can create a Substitutions shortcut. It’s important to note that there is a difference between inserting a static check mark and inserting a clickable check box in a Checklist.
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