Insert or Type a Check Mark or Tick Mark Symbol in PowerPoint

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated August 24, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

You can insert or type a check mark or tick mark symbol in a PowerPoint presentation as a bullet, symbol character or icon. Check marks can be inserted using built-in commands or keyboard shortcuts.

In this article, we’ll review 4 ways to insert a check mark symbol in PowerPoint in Normal View:

  1. Insert check marks as bullets
  2. Use the Insert Symbol command
  3. Use an Alt code shortcut by pressing Alt and then entering a number sequence
  4. Insert check mark icons

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1. Inserting a check mark on a slide by inserting bullets

If you want to insert a check mark at the beginning of one or more paragraphs on a PowerPoint slide, you can apply custom bullets using the Wingdings font (or a similar font).

To insert check marks as custom bullets to paragraphs in a text box or placeholder:

  1. Display the slide on which you want to insert check mark(s).
  2. Select the paragraph(s) in a text box or placeholder to which you want to add check marks (at the beginning of the paragraph).
  3. Click the Home tab in the Ribbon.
  4. In the Paragraph group, click the arrow beside the Bullets. A drop-down menu appears.
  5. Click Bullets and Numbering. A dialog box appears.
  6. Click Customize. A dialog box appears.
  7. Select Wingdings from the Font drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can select another font such as Wingdings 2 or Segoe UI Symbol.
  8. Scroll through the list of symbols until you find the check mark symbol you want to use and then click it.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Change the size and color of the bullet (check mark) if necessary.
  11. Click OK. The check marks will be added at the beginning of the paragraph(s).

The Bullets and Numbering dialog box (below) offers multiple options for changing bullets:

Bullets and Numbering dialog box in PowerPoint to insert check marks.

In the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, you can also select Picture and then navigate to a picture you want to use as a bullet and then double-click it.

You can also apply bullets in layouts in Slide Master View so that every slide using that layout would use custom bullets. Bullets can be added to level 1 paragraphs, level 2 and so on.

2. Inserting a check mark on a slide using Insert Symbol

If you want to add a check mark in a line of text, at the end of a line of text, in a cell in a table or in a shape, you can use Insert Symbol.

To insert a check mark using Insert Symbol in PowerPoint:

  1. Display the slide on which you want to insert a check mark.
  2. Position the cursor in the text box or placeholder where you want to insert a check mark. You can also click in a cell in a table or click a shape.
  3. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
  4. In the Symbols group, click Symbol. A dialog box appears.
  5. Select Wingdings from the Font drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can select another font such as Wingdings 2 or Segoe UI Symbol.
  6. Scroll through the list of symbols until you find the check mark symbol you want to use and then click it.
  7. Click Insert.
  8. Click Close.

Once the check mark has been inserted, you can change its size or color using the Home tab in the Ribbon or by right-clicking and selecting formatting options from the mini-toolbar.

In the example below, Wingdings is selected in the Symbol dialog box (this is the same dialog box that appears when you customize bullets):

Insert Symbol dialog box in PowerPoint to insert a check mark.

3. Inserting a check mark using an Alt keyboard shortcut

You can press the Alt key in combination with numbers on the numeric keypad to insert a check mark symbol.

To insert a check mark symbol on a PowerPoint slide using Alt:

  1. Display the slide on which you want to insert a check mark.
  2. Position the cursor in a text box, placeholder, table cell or shape where you want to insert a check mark symbol.
  3. Press Alt + 0252 or Alt + 0254 on the numeric keypad. If the sequence doesn’t work, press NumLock on the numeric keypad. PowerPoint will insert a different character.
  4. Select the character, click the Home tab in the Ribbon and select Wingdings from the Font drop-down menu.

4. Inserting a check mark using icons

Starting in PowerPoint 2016, you can insert icons on your PowerPoint slides. These icons include check marks. Icons are inserted as graphics which can be moved around on the slide. They are not inserted inline within text.

To insert a check mark icon (in 2016 and later versions):

  1. Display the slide on which you want to insert a check mark.
  2. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Illustrations group, click Icons. A dialog box appears.
  4. In the Search box, type check mark. The dialog box will display suggested icons.
  5. Click the check mark you want to use.
  6. Click Insert.
  7. Click Close.

The Insert Icon dialog box displays a gallery of icons as follows (screenshot from 365):

Insert icon dialog box in PowerPoint with check mark selected.

After inserting an icon, you can move it and apply formatting to it. These icons are provided by Microsoft and are available as part of Stock Images if you have a 365 subscription.

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