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How to Insert a Check Mark or Check Box in PowerPoint

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Add a check mark to your PowerPoint presentation by selecting the down arrow next to “Bullets” and choosing a check mark bullet style. Or insert check marks directly with the shortcut Alt+0252 or Alt+0254. To add a clickable checkbox, open the PowerPoint Developer tab and choose “Checkbox.”

If you want to place a check mark icon or add a clickable check box to your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, all you have to do is press a keyboard shortcut or use one of the menu options. We’ll show you how to do this on your slides.

Add a check mark in PowerPoint

To add a check mark symbol to your slides, use one of the six methods listed below. The style of the check mark will vary slightly depending on the method you use, so try different methods and see which one you like best.

Use a bulleted list

One way to display check marks, especially in lists, is to use PowerPoint’s bulleted list option. Here, you list your items, and each item has a check mark next to it.

To use this method, on your slide, select the location in the text where you want to add a check mark.

Next, on the PowerPoint ribbon at the top, select the “Home” tab. Then, in the “Paragraph” section, click the down arrow icon next to the “Bullets” icon.

In the bullet menu that opens, choose the bullet list with check marks.

In your chosen place on your slide, you now have a check mark icon. You can leave the check mark there or add text along with the symbol. Add additional check marks by simply pressing the Enter key.

Added bullet check marks to slide.

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Use a keyboard shortcut

If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, there’s a hotkey you can use to add checkmarks to your slides.

To use it, first, place your cursor where you want to add a check mark on your slide.

Note: While using the numbers in these keyboard shortcuts, make sure to use the number pad on your keyboard. Hitting the numbers on the top row of your keyboard won’t work.

Then on your keyboard, press Alt+0252. This will add a check mark symbol.

Press Alt+0252.

To add a symbol where the check mark is inside a box, then on your keyboard, press Alt+0254.

Press Alt+0254.

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Copy and paste the check mark

If you’re in a hurry and want to quickly get a checkmark on your slides, find the checkmark symbol somewhere (online or in a document), copy it, and paste it onto your slides.

You can find the check mark symbol on Google by simply searching for “check mark symbol”. Once you find it, copy it to your clipboard.

Copy the check mark symbol to the clipboard.

Return to your PowerPoint slide, right-click the location where you want to add the symbol, and choose “Keep Text Only” in the “Paste Options” section.


You now have your symbol copied onto your slide.

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Using the symbol menu

PowerPoint has a symbols menu that contains various symbols that you can add to your slides, one of which is a check mark symbol.

To add that Wingdings symbol to your slides, first select the location where you want to display the symbol.

Then, in the PowerPoint ribbon at the top, click the “Insert” tab and select Symbols > Symbol.

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In the “Symbol” window, at the top, click the “Font” dropdown menu and choose “Wingdings”. Then select the checkmark icon in the list and choose “Insert” at the bottom.

Then close the “Symbol” window.

And that is. You now have your icon selected in your presentation.

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Using the icon menu

PowerPoint offers an icon menu where you have many different types of icons to use in your presentations. You can use this menu to add a check mark to your slides as well.

To use it, from the PowerPoint ribbon at the top, select the “Insert” tab. Then choose “Icons.”


In the opened window, at the top, click on the search box and type “verify”. Then, from the list of icons displayed, choose the checkmark icon you want to use.

Add the selected icon to your slide by choosing “Insert” at the bottom.

You’ll see the icon you chose on your slide.

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Using the emoji bar

PowerPoint supports emoji, which means you can use this menu to add a check mark emoji to your slides. However, please note that the symbol’s appearance will vary depending on the device you are using to view your presentation.

To use this method, first, select where you want to add the check mark symbol on your slide.

Then, if you’re on Windows, open the emoji bar by pressing Windows and “.” (dot) keys at the same time. On Mac, you’ll press Command+Control+Space.

In the emoji bar, find and click the check mark emoji to add it to your slide.

Find and select a check mark emoji.

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Insert a clickable checkbox in PowerPoint

To add a box that you can click to check, use PowerPoint’s interactive check box control. This adds a box that is empty by default, but is checked when you click on it.

Note: You can only check the box when you are presenting your slideshow. You cannot toggle the box when it is in edit mode.

With that said, to start the process, start your presentation with PowerPoint. Then, in the app ribbon at the top, select the “Developer” tab (if you don’t have this tab, learn how to enable the Developer tab in Office apps).

On the “Developer” tab, from the “Controls” section, select “Checkbox” (which is, unsurprisingly, a checkbox icon).

On your slide, draw the check box where you want to place it.

Draw the check box.

Once the checkbox is added, you can modify its text. To do this, first click on its checkbox so that it becomes selected. Then, in the “Developer” tab at the top, from the “Controls” section, choose “Properties”.

In the “Properties” window, select the “Title” field and type your custom text. Then press Enter and close the window.

Type the text of the checkbox in the field

To check if the checkbox works, play your slideshow by choosing Slideshow > From Current Slide at the top.


When the program starts, click on its checkbox and it will check itself.

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