Here’s How to Insert Check Mark in Word (5 Simple Ways)

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Microsoft Word is one of the most popular word processing tool out there. It has advanced features, letting you to do almost anything to improve your productivity about writing a document, and even brochure. One of the thing that makes Word popular is ability to add symbols, including check mark. Here’s how to insert check mark in Word in 5 simple ways.

Well, Microsoft Word has many symbols you can put to your document. Symbols create different sense than just words. It has meaning that mostly can’t be described by just words, even if it is possible, it will be many words. To make your writing effective, you need symbols, and one of them you want to use is check mark, which is easy to add in Word.

Check mark in Word is tied to font, just like many other symbols. This means some fonts don’t provide a check mark symbol specifically for those fonts. It is still unclear why, but the only font we recommend for you to add check mark in Word is Wingdings. That font has a check mark with different styles.

This means, you have to switch from one font to another while putting a check mark in Word. But don’t worry, that doesn’t cost more effort than creating a new cup of coffee. It just takes a few clicks to make a check mark in Word that can enhance your writing.

So, what are those check marks? What kind of check marks can you add to Microsoft Word?

In summary, there are only two kind of check marks: bullet check mark and check mark from Symbol that isn’t necessarily used the same way as bullet check mark.

But, those kind of check marks can be added in Word by 5 different methods. You can do these things in almost all Microsoft Word version, from Microsoft Word 2007, Word 2010, Word 2013, Word 2016, and Word 2020. You can do these in Windows 10 and Mac (with some limitation due to some features aren’t available in Mac). You can also apply these on Word Online.

Here’s how to add a check mark in Word.

How to Add a Check Mark in Word by Keyboard Shortcut

This is easy way to add a check mark in Word. The only thing you need is to select a font that allows you to add a check mark and then pressing a combination of keyboard button that lets you add different style of check mark symbols.

Choose Wingdings font. This is one of the most popular font used to add a check mark in Word. You can also choose any other series of this Wingdings font, like Wingdings 2.

Now, press one of these keyboard shortcuts to add the desired check mark style you want:

  • Shift+P = ✓
  • Shift+R = ☑

That is easy, right? Well, there are more method to come on adding a check mark in Word. Keep reading.

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How to Insert Check Mark in Word by Copy-Paste

This is probably the easiest way to insert check mark in Word. You can add check mark by just copying from other external apps or websites. Then, paste that check mark in your Microsoft Word document.

This is easy and doesn’t cost more time. You can simply copy one of these check marks and paste them in your Word document:

✓ ✔ ☑ ✅ ✕ ✖ ✗ ✘

You can also copy by just pressing CTRL+C, and paste by pressing CTRL+V in your keyboard. This can save more times especially if you only need to insert check mark in Word for one time.

How to Make a Check Mark in Word by Adding Symbol Manually

Microsoft Word has symbols feature, and almost everyone know it. But, does everyone know that there’s check mark symbol independent from bullet that you can find in Symbols? Well, some people just don’t. Simply not everyone use this feature only to make a check mark in Word.

The feature is located at Insert tab on the ribbon. It makes it easy for people to add equation or symbol. One of the symbol is a check mark. But, you won’t find that check mark symbol easily in Word’s Symbols feature.

There are thousands of symbols you can find there, but don’t worry. You can use character code to easily find that check mark symbol. The code is 252.

Now, open your Microsoft Word. You can create a blank document or even opening an already existing Word document file.

how to insert check mark in word

Now, go to Insert. Click Symbols. If you often make a check mark in Word regularly, you will it is easy to add a check mark in Symbol group among with other symbols like Copyright or dollar sign.

But, some people don’t use this often, thus you have to click More Symbols to find that check mark symbol you want to add to Microsoft Word.

how to make a check mark in word

At the dialog box, on the Font, enter Wingdings as your font. This is one of the most popular font used to make a check mark in Word.

how to add a check mark in word

Now, at the bottom, you will see From. This is where you want to generate font from, you can choose Symbol (decimal). You need to type 252 at Character code, that is the easiest shortcut for you to quickly find that check mark symbol you desperately want to add in Word.

how to put check mark in word

Let’s click Insert and you will immediately see that check mark. You can also add any other types of check mark symbol nearby the 252 check mark character.

check mark in character map windows 10

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How to Put Check Mark in Word by using Character Map

You probably never heard this feature, but this feature is helpful for someone who works regularly with different character styles and symbols like check mark. This feature work similarly to Symbol dialog box in Microsoft Word. The only thing that distinguish them is that this app is independent from Microsoft Word.

In Windows 10, you can search character map directly in the search bar. In Windows 7, you can easily search it through Start menu.

searching for character map app for symbol

Once you open the Character Map app, you can clearly see many fonts and symbols to choose there. First, choose Wingdings as your font. Then, scroll through the bottom and you will see some check mark symbols. Click desired check mark, and click Select.

searching check mark symbol for microsoft word

Once you’ve selected, now click Copy to copy that check mark that you will paste on to Microsoft Word.

copying microsoft word check mark symbol

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How to Do a Check Mark in Word as Bullet List

There’s another way to do a check mark in Word. Microsoft Word has offered Bullet Library for long time. It has many type of bullet you can choose, and one of them is check mark bullet.

This check mark bullet can be a list of checked stuff you want to write in Microsoft Word. This is exactly the same as other check mark symbols, but this one is specified for bullet that people use as a list of things.

Here’s how to do a check mark in Word as bullet:

Open your Microsoft Word. Go to Home tab. Then, click Bullet Library on the arrow-down icon. You will see a bullet list. Click on the check mark bullet.

check mark symbol in bullet form

You can also convert the Word document as JPEG image with those check marks.


Microsoft Word has some methods for you to insert check mark in Word. You can literally type a check mark easily by just pressing a keyboard shortcut, put check mark from Symbol and search it manually, get a check mark through another app like Character Map, or you can even just copy and paste from this website.

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