Ticks and Crosses in MS Word

A macro for teachers to create ticks and crosses ❌ in MS Word

Marking digital documents is great. No paper, no pen or pencil necessary. But it does help if we can at least draw a tick or a cross symbol. Now, not everyone has a touch screen with a stylus and can make use of Microsoft Word’s draw feature. So, I came up with an alternative. I created two macros and attached keyboard shortcuts to them to place a tick or a cross. I also made sure that macros could be accessed from within any Word document that I have open! I made the shortcut keys nice and close to where my fingers were naturally located on the board. So, now, whenever I need to place a tick, I just hit my shortcut and the tick is there! Though there are plenty of other ways of doing this, but for me this is the fastest.

Here is a slideshow, demonstrating how to create the macros and assign keyboard shortcuts. Make it full screen to be able to read everything.

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Here is the code for your Visual Basic page:

Sub TICK()

‘ TICK Macro


Selection.InsertSymbol Font:=”Wingdings”, CharacterNumber:=-3844, Unicode _
:=True
Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend
Selection.Font.ColorIndex = wdGreen
Selection.Font.Size = 16
Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1
End Sub

Sub CROSS()

‘ CROSS Macro


Selection.InsertSymbol Font:=”Wingdings”, CharacterNumber:=-3845, Unicode _
:=True
Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend
Selection.Font.ColorIndex = wdRed
Selection.Font.Size = 16
Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1
End Sub

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