How to Insert a Check Mark Character Into a PowerPoint Presentation

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You can insert a check mark character into a PowerPoint presentation.
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The check mark symbol in Powerpoint is easy to access and implement. Check marks serve a variety of purposes and are easily customized to add value on a slide presentation. The process used for inserting the check mark is simple, but adding custom elements like a Powerpoint checkbox requires a few extra steps.

Inserting the Check Mark

Before attempting to insert any special characters, check the font settings. Some fonts, like the Elephant style, do not function with special characters and inserting a checkmark will not work. Most standard fonts, however, will allow for special character inserts without any conflicts or issues. To test, simply add any special character then delete the character just to ensure the fonts are compatible.

To insert a check mark, click the Insert tab in the main toolbar. Locate the Symbols option and click to generate a dialogue box filled with symbol options. Scroll through to locate the check mark symbol and double click to insert a check mark into the slide. Click and hold the symbol while dragging into the desired position.

After the mark is positioned, generating additional marks uses the same process. Simply place the marks in succession and align left or right to achieve a checklist effect. These will not be placed in checkboxes however and adding custom boxes and entry styles will help move the slideshow forward with style.

Powerpoint Checkbox

Adding boxes is achieved using a variety of different methods but the easiest is by simply adding a rectangle to the slide. Align the rectangle with the desired check mark to give the slide a proper checklist. Playing with the box and check mark sizing will help find the right fit with the check placed inside of the box.

The boxes are not necessary for creating a list and checkmarks work as a standalone element in the presentation. While the design elements are easy to customize in most cases, simple presentations remain valuable for classrooms and checkmarks are easy to implement without additional features. The boxes do, however, add an appealing element that looks professional while adding depth to the design.

Customizing Effects

Effects are a key element for checklists because they impact the timing of content during the presentation. Simply populating the entire slide instantly works well but presenting specific elements of the checklist with effects helps to break down content while maintaining a high level of focus. Transitions are setup for each slide but also function for specific content within the slide. Essentially, it means the presenter controls the introduction of content and in the case of a checklist specifically, each checkmark and the associated content can enter the slide individually and in succession.

To apply an effect, first select the checkmark and content tied to that mark or choose the entire list if a bulleted format is used. Choose Add Animation from the toolbar and select the specific set of actions desired. The entry option makes it possible to choose the entrance timing and style. Adding emphasis, an exit or a motion path is also done through this same dialogue box.

After setting the effects, display a preview of the slide to test the results. You can simply make changes to the animation effect by repeating the same process. In many cases, testing and adjusting multiple times is necessary to achieve the desired effect.