To place a check mark character into a cell in Excel 2013, use the Insert > Symbol ribbon icon to open the Symbol dialog box. This process places a check mark character into a cell; it doesn't create an interactive check box that the user can select or clear.
Select the cell that should contain the check mark and then click the Symbol icon in the Insert ribbon tab.
In the resulting Symbol dialog box, select Wingdings from the Font drop-down menu.
Scroll down until you see the desired check mark character. Select the check mark character and then click the dialog's Insert button.
Close the Symbol dialog box by clicking the Close button. Your cell now contains the selected check mark.
Tips & Warnings
- * After the check mark character is in a cell, you can copy and paste it into other cells by using the Copy and Paste commands on the Home tab or the Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V keyboard shortcuts.
- * If you copy and paste the check mark and it turns into an unexpected character, the font for the character likely needs to be changed back to Wingdings. You can change the font to Wingdings by selecting the character and choosing "Wingdings" from the Home ribbon tab's font drop-down menu.
- * A cell can contain other text along with the check mark.