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Checks, Xes, and Symbols

Using Checkmarks and Symbols

These symbols are graphics, not fonts. This means that they can be resized easily without the headache of changing font sizes. To change the color of these symbols, apply fill and/or line colors.

WordArt in pre-PowerPoint 2007 versions does not have access to the library of symbols. Therefore, the symbols in this series will help to fill this unmet need. WordArt in PowerPoint 2007 does have access to the full library of symbols and fonts, which is a tremendous added capability. There are instances, however, when it may be better to use these symbols – even if you are using PowerPoint 2007.

The check marks and Xes are particularly useful when paired with the clipboard (cn023).

Customizing Symbols

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the symbols, just size it holding the shift key down. This will scale the symbol and prevent distortion.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the symbols will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. When recoloring, it is usually better to apply a fill color and no line color. Adding a line (color) makes the symbols thicker and sometimes reduces their readability.

PowerPoint 2007

Even though these symbols are now available in WordArt, it still might be advantageous to use these graphic symbols. WordArt still needs to have the font size changed. These symbols scale like another graphic on your page.

3D variations, shadows, gradients

Format the symbols with these options only if the other content on the page is formatted with them. The checkmarks and Xes may be an exception: shadows and gradients look nice when applied.


Animate as a simple reveal if you want. These symbols are typically used as a part of a whole, so individual animation schemes do not apply. The checkmarks and Xes may be the only exception. Animate as reveals.

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