I'd like to define a list like the following:

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The nearest I found while googling was this:

\item[-] foo
\item[*] bar

But how can I now use a cross or a check symbol?

3 Answers 3


Use e.g. the \Checkmark and \XSolidBrush symbols from the bbding package. Good alternatives are \ding{51} and \ding{55} from the pifont package.

  \item[\Checkmark] foo
  \item[\XSolidBrush] bar

You can even define a special macro for it:

% ...
  \tick foo
  \fail  bar

See either the comprehensive symbol list (search for "Checkmark") or detexify to find other symbols if you don't like the one above.

  • Thanks. Very good answer, all I need. However I want to add that your macro fails in my document: ! LaTeX Error: Command \check already defined. Feb 3, 2011 at 18:58
  • Just call it differently, like \tick or any other name. The \check macro seems to be already defined. Feb 3, 2011 at 19:02
  • On Debian-based systems you need to install texlive-fonts-extra to use bbding.
    – rkta
    Jun 16, 2018 at 16:42

Use a package which provides such symbols, such as MnSymbol, bbding or pifont. There are more. Use math mode within the square brackets if required.


 \item[\ding{51}] yes
 \item[\ding{55}] no 

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You could define your own name for the symbol by \newcommand.


Dingbats are easy to obtain, from symbol packages like pifont etc. Further more, pifont package provides a dinglist environment:

% in preamble \usepackage{pifont}
  \item foo
  \item bar

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In standard classes, itemize environments use \labelitemi, \labelitemii, \labelitemiii and \labelitemiv for item labels. You can also redefine them and use standard itemize.

% preamble
% document
  \item foo
  \item bar

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