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How to successfully add a tick or a cross in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel

If you use Microsoft Word and Excel on a regular basis, you will want to learn about all the different shortcuts that you can use to help make your day to day job easier. Also, if you are in the process of putting together Word and Excel documents or any other documents that require signatures you may wish to consider using an electronic signature solution from Advantage to help speed things up and save you valuable time.

With this in mind, in our latest tips and tricks article we are going to provide you with a number of methods to successfully add a tick or a cross in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Please note that the methods listed below will work with Microsoft Office 365 & Microsoft Word/Excel versions 2004 to 2016.

The Copy and Paste Method

This is one of the easiest and quickest ways of getting a tick or cross onto your Word document. To do this all you have to do is highlight one of the below ticks or crosses then copy and paste it where you need it.

Highlight the type of symbol you wish to use from the choices below:

✓  ✔  ☑  ✅  ✕  ✖  ✗  ✘

From here then simply use Ctrl+C to copy your chosen symbol and then Ctrl+V to paste it where required.

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The Symbol Command Method

If you don’t fancy the option above, then you can also use the Symbol Command to get the same result. In order to use this, you will need to make sure that you have Microsoft Excel installed to be able to use this function. To do this, in the main Excel menu, go to ‘Insert’ then go to ‘Symbol’ from here, pick the ‘Font’ option and then choose ‘Wingdings’. You will see that the tick mark will be located at the bottom of the list.

Another way of accessing this is by going to the ‘Start’ menu located under the ‘Character Map’ part (within System Tools). Select the ‘Font’ option again and pick ‘Wingdings’. After you have completed this action, use your mouse to hover over the correct symbol which you will see enlarges the symbol and from here you can select a variety of versions of the tick mark. Decide which one you want then copy and paste the icon where you need it within the text.

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The Tick Symbol Character Code Method

One of the last remaining ways of doing any of the above is through the use of the character code of the tick symbol. For this method, you will need to use the numerical keypad on your keyboard which will allow you to insert four different tick marks. You can do this in the following way:

Step 1: Choose the ‘Wingdings’ font.

Step 2: Now, through the use of the numerical keypad, hold down ‘Alt’ and pick one of the below numbers to enter:


  • ALT + 0252
  • ALT + 0254


  • ALT + 0251
  • ALT + 0253

NB: You will need to ensure that the Wingdings font has been selected in order to use the character codes above. After you have finished, you can change the font back to the original one.

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Next Steps?

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