The checkmark (✓) is a tick and it allows you to show approval to something or to mark an option. It’s also used to indicate that an item or text is correct or has been chosen, checked, or dealt with a tick. Many people use the square root symbol as a tick box but the two shouldn’t be confused. Since there isn’t any obvious way to insert a checkmark, you can use different codes or the character map on your Windows or Mac PC.

Microsoft Programs

If you’re on Microsoft programs such as Word, PowerPoint or Excel, you can insert a check mark using an Alt + X code. This can be used if you have a keyboard that doesn’t have a number keyboard and you’re on a Microsoft program like. To type a check mark, press 2713 + Alt + X.

Windows

If your keyboard has a number keyboard, then you can type a check mark using an Alt code – this consists of you pressing a few numbers whilst holding the Alt key. The numerical keyboard is on the right-hand side of your keyboard – most desktop keyboards have a numerical keyboard. If you’re using a laptop, you’ll only see the numbers in the top row of your keyboard and not on the right. To type a check mark, type 2713 whilst holding Alt.

If you have a laptop or keyboard without a numeric keypad, then you’ll need to use keyboard 7, 8, 0, U, I, O, J, K, L, and M. These keys are alternatives to 0-9 when Num Lock is activated. M=0, J=1, K=2, L=3, U=4, I=5, O=6, 7=7, 8=8, 9=9. If you haven’t got a numeric keypad:

1. Hold Fn + NumLk to enable Num Lock.

2. Hold the Alt key and type 0252. Remember which number corresponds to regular keypads without a numeric keypad. So 2=k, 7=7, 1=J and 3=L.

3. Let go of all the keys and you should see a check mark in your text.

Windows Character Map

If you’re confused by the Alt code, then you can just use the Map installed on your computer.

Character Map

1. Open the Start menu and open the Character Map.

2. In Font, select wingdings.

4. Look for the check mark at the bottom.

3. Select Copy to copy the symbol and then you can paste it within your text.

Mac

1. Go to the Finder > Emoji & Symbols.

Emoji

2. In the search bar, search for check mark.

3. Right-click the check mark and select Copy Character Info. This will add it to the keyboard.

4. Paste the check mark within your text.