Check mark

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Check mark
heavy check mark ballot box with check white heavy check mark
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A check mark, checkmark or tick is a mark (, , etc.) used to indicate the concept "yes" (e.g. "yes; this has been verified", "yes; that is the correct answer", "yes; this has been completed", or "yes; this [item or option] applies to me"). The x mark is also sometimes used for this use (most notably on election ballot papers), but otherwise usually indicates "no", incorrectness, or failure.

As a verb, to check (off) or tick (off), means to add such a mark. Printed forms, printed documents, and computer software (see checkbox), commonly include squares in which to place check marks.

International differences[edit]

The check mark is a predominant affirmative symbol of convenience in the English-speaking world because of its instant and facile composition. In other countries, however, the mark is more complicated.

It is common in Swedish schools for a to indicate that an answer is incorrect, while "R", from the Swedish rätt, i.e., "correct", is used to indicate that an answer is correct.

In Finnish, stands for väärin, i.e., "wrong", due to its similarity to a slanted v. The opposite, "right", is marked with \cdot \! / \! \cdot, a slanted vertical line emphasized with two dots.

In Korea and Japan, the O mark is used instead of the check mark. In Japan the check mark is commonly used instead of an X for wrong.


The "Symbol, Other" category of Unicode provides various check marks:

  • U+237B not check mark
  • U+2610 ballot box
  • U+2611 ballot box with check
  • U+2705 white heavy check mark
  • U+2713 check mark
  • U+2714 heavy check mark

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