How to Make a Powerpoint Check Mark

The steps in this article are going to show you how to insert a check mark into a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation.

  • The check mark symbol that you are adding with these steps is actually a symbol found in the Wingdings font.
  • ​If the check mark seems to be too small, then simply select it the same way that you would select other text, then increase the Font size using the dropdown menu in the Font section on the Home tab.
  • You can use a similar method if you want to add a check mark symbol in other Microsoft Office applications like Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel.
Yield: Adds a Powerpoint check mark to a slide

How to Insert a Check Mark in Powerpoint

how to create a Powerpoint check mark

Find out how to insert a check mark in Powerpoint by using a symbol that is part of the Wingdings font.

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Powerpoint presentation

Tools

  • Microsoft Powerpoint

Instructions

  1. Open the Powerpoint file.
  2. Choose a slide for the check mark.
  3. Add a text box to the slide by going to Insert > Text Box.
  4. Click the Insert tab.
  5. Select the Symbol button.
  6. Choose Wingdings from the Font dropdown menu.
  7. Scroll down and click the check mark symbol.
  8. Click the Insert button.

Notes

You can also insert a check mark with a keyboard shortcut. Press Alt + 0252 inside a text box, which will add an umlaut symbol. You can then highlight that symbol and switch to the Wingdings font from the Font dropdown menu on the Home tab. Note that you must use a number pad for those numbers, though. It won't work with the numbers above the letter keys.

A Microsoft Powerpoint presentation is a document whose primary purpose is to inform, while also being visually appealing.

Due to this nature, it’s helpful to include things like clipart, pictures, videos, and symbols in your Powerpoint slides.

One such item that you might want to include in one of your PPT slides is a check mark character. But adding one of these symbols isn’t as simple as you would probably hope.

Fortunately it’s possible to put a Powerpoint check mark into one of your Powerpoint slides by using an option on the Insert tab in the application.

How to Insert a Check Mark in Powerpoint

The steps in this guide were performed in the Microsoft Powerpoint for Office 365 version of the application, but will also work in similar versions of Powerpoint such as Powerpoint 2016 and Powerpoint 2019.

Step 1: Open your Powerpoint file.

Step 2: Select the slide where you wish to add the check mark.

Step 3: Click inside an existing text box, or add a new text box by clicking the Insert tab at the top of the window, then clicking the Text Box button.

add a text box in Powerpoint

Step 4: Click the Insert tab again.

click the Insert tab

Step 5: Click the Symbol button in the Symbols group on the ribbon.

click the Symbol button

Step 6: Click the Font dropdown menu, then choose the Wingdings font.

choose the Wingdings font

Step 7: Scroll down and click the check mark symbol, then click the Insert button. Alternatively you could double-click the check mark symbol and insert it as well.

how to insert a Powerpoint check mark

Note that there is also a check mark inside a check box, if you would prefer to use that symbol instead.

When you select the check mark on the Symbol dialog box, there is a value of 252 in the Character Map field at the bottom of the window. This is important to note if you like to use keyboard shortcuts.

The keyboard shortcut for the check mark symbol is Alt + 0252. That number sequence of 0252 must be entered on a number keypad. You can’t use the numbers above the letters on the keyboard. Technically this is going to insert an umlaut character, but selecting that character and switching to the Wingdings font will change it to the check mark symbol.

Check out some of our other Powerpoint tutorials, such as this one about how to switch your Powerpoint presentation to the portrait orientation.