How to insert check mark and x mark in Word

Word 2016
The check mark symbol (also known as a checkmark or tick mark) has different meanings in different cultures: as a sign of agreement, confirmation, to indicate the concepts "yes" or "correct"; and as a sign of refusal, reject, to represent the notions of "no" or "wrong".

The X mark symbol 🗴 (also known as a cross, cross-mark, x sign, ex symbol) is often used in documents as a sign of refusal, reject, to indicate the concept "no" or "wrong"; or as an indicator of a completed task, a finished step, etc.

Note: Be careful when using these symbols in your document! In some countries, the check or mark is commonly used to indicate something wrong, incorrect. Another symbol can be used instead of the checkmark, such as the O mark, the plus symbol +, the letter R, etc.

The check mark symbol can also be mistakenly used in place of the square root symbol, or as a bullet for the manually created bulleted list.

We strongly recommend avoiding misusing symbols; see the appropriate tips to make perfect documents.

A tick mark and X mark can be inserted in a document Word using several different ways:

The standard way: using the Symbol dialog box:

To open the Symbol dialog box, do the following:

   1.   On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, select the Symbol button, and then click More Symbols...:

More Symbols in Word 365

   2.   On the Symbol dialog box:

  • From the Font dropdown list, choose the Wingdings font,
  • Choose a symbol you need:
    • A check mark symbol (or a square with check mark symbol):
      Tick mark in Symbols Word 365
    • An X mark symbol (or a square with a cross symbol):
      X mark in Symbols Word 365
  • Click the Insert button to insert the symbol to the current cursor position.
  • Click the Cancel button to close the Symbol dialog box.

Note: You can also select the Segoe UI Symbol font to choose other types of a symbol, for example:

  • A checkmark:
    Tick mark in Segoe UI Symbol font in Word 365
  • An X mark:
    X mark in Segoe UI Symbol font in Word 365

   II.  Using a shortcut key:

In Microsoft Word, you can use Unicode to insert any of the used symbols:

Unicode Symbol
The checkmark symbol Type 2713 and immediately press Alt+X
The Ballot box with check symbol Type 2611 and immediately press Alt+X
The X mark symbol Type 274c or 274C (does not matter, uppercase or lowercase) and immediately press Alt+X 🗴
The Ballot box with X symbol Type 274e or 274E (does not matter, uppercase or lowercase) and immediately press Alt+X 🗵

The quicker way: creating a shortcut key:

Microsoft Word offers a pre-defined shortcut key for popular symbols such as checkmark, or X mark.

To open the Symbol dialog box, do the following:

   1.   On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, select the Symbol button, and then click More Symbols....

   2.   On the Symbol dialog box:

  • From the Font dropdown list, choose the font from which you want to insert a symbol (for this example, the Wingdings font),
  • Choose the symbol (for example, the check mark symbol),
  • Click the Shortcut Key... button:
Shortcut Key button in Symbol Word 365

   3.   On the Customize Keyboard dialog box, in the Press new shortcut key field, type the key combination you want to use for the symbol (e.g., for the checkmark sign the combination Alt+O,K), and click the Assign button:

Customize Keyboard in Symbols Word 365

Note: Be careful! You can reassign the assigned already shortcuts in Word. Be sure that after Current assign to: there are no active Word commands. In any case, you can reassign any existing function in Word to a different key.

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