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I need to use a character for "tick" in LibreOffice documents that will display OK in Ubuntu and Windows. Character 252 (or thereabout) in Wingdings works in Windows but obviously this character wouldn't be displayed properly on systems lacking the fontset (eg my Ubuntu system).

Can Wingdings be installed in Ubuntu? That would solve my problem of transferring documents between my Windows and Ubuntu systems.

Is there another way to solve this? eg an anternative font that looks like a "tick" and works across setups. I suppose if there is no other way, I could use the square root character, which is in the basic fontset.

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Hmmm. Could you include a screenshot of the character you are talking about? When you say tick, I am imagining a backtick, i.e. "`" – reverendj1 May 24 '12 at 20:17
I mean the character that looks like a square root. See… – glocal May 24 '12 at 20:26
Also… may work for installing wingdings. – glocal May 24 '12 at 20:27
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Unicode has a character for that:

You can find this character using the search function of the "Character Map" application. But do search for "check mark" and not "tick".

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This actually works as long as I use a unicode font of course. Thanks! – glocal May 24 '12 at 22:03

Around here, we'd call that a check-mark. My suggestion would be to either use an image of a check-mark or the built-in check-mark bullet point, if that would work for you.

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This difference between American and British English is very confusing, particularly as check-mark also refers to the X-like symbol. I just noticed that symbol appears next to these comments! – glocal May 24 '12 at 22:05

Webdings are available in Ubuntu. In Libre Office use:

Insert > Special Character > (Font) Webdings > (Select the Special Character you want) The checkmark symbol is also available in this character set.

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