4 Ways To Insert A Tick or A Cross Symbol in Microsoft Word And Excel [How To]

There is more than one way of inserting a tick symbol i.e. checkmark into a Microsoft Word and the methods we have listed below applies to Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft Word 2013, Microsoft Word 2011, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Word 2008, Microsoft Word 2004 and Microsoft Office 365.

How to Insert A Tick or A Cross Symbol in Microsoft Word And Excel

1st Method: Copy and Paste – ✓  ✔  ☑  ✅  ✕  ✖  ✗  ✘

All you need to do is highlight, copy and paste the symbol (tick or a cross) you want from above. To do the Copy operation, highlight the symbol and press Ctrl + C. Now, to paste it, select where you want the symbol and press Ctrl + V

2nd Method: Font Shortcuts

One of the most common methods is to use either the “Wingdings 2” font or the “Webdings” font. One can easily find them from the drop-down menu and you will be able to choose from a few different styles of tick marks. Afterwards, make use of the following key shortcuts to get the desired result.

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3rd Method: Symbol Command

One can also make use of symbol command for this purpose. But, before you do that, make sure the Microsoft Excel is installed on your PC. Find the “Symbol” tab by accessing the “Insert” menu. From there, choose the “Font” option and select “Wingdings”. The tick mark will be found at the bottom of the list.

The same can be accessed from the “Start” menu under the “Character Map” section (within System Tools). Select Font option and choose Wingdings. When you hover the mouse over the correct symbol, it will appear larger and you will have the ability to select different versions of the check mark. Finally, copy and paste the icon to the relevant location within the text.

4th Method: Tick Symbol Character Code

The final method for this post. This requires numerical keypad to be present on your keyboard. With a series of code, you can insert four different tick marks. First, change your font to Wingdings. Then, hold down the Alt and enter any one of the following combination of numbers:


  • ALT + 0252
  • ALT + 0254


  • ALT + 0251
  • ALT + 0253

Don’t forget to change the font to Wingdings to make it work. Later on, you can switch back to any other font.

NOTE: Methods might vary depending upon the version of Microsoft Word that you have installed