My document has \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} in its preamble. I am trying to use the characters U+2713 (check mark) and U+2717 (ballot X), but I get the error:

! Package inputenc Error: Unicode char \u8:✓ not set up for use with LaTeX.

I understand that I could fix this either by loading a font containing these characters, or by using \DeclareUnicodeCharacter. But how do I determine which font (if any) includes these two characters? (More generally, how does one determine for a given character whether any font includes it?)

I have also tried the utf8x package (even though some say that is not a good idea), and it also fails (albeit with a different error message). I am aware that switching to XeTeX or LuaTeX could be a solution, but I'd like to try to get this working with just pdfTeX if that is possible.

  • There are some online source. But they are probably only available through XeTeX/LuaTeX. On the other hand if there only two characters you can do \catcode`\✓=\active\def✓{\includegraphics{...}}.
    – Symbol 1
    Nov 30, 2015 at 5:07

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Package pifont contains the characters (\ding{51} and \ding{55}) and package newunicodechar helps in assigning them to the Unicode slots:


Check mark: ✓, ballot x: ✗


  • Worked great. Only problem I had was ! Font U/pzd/m/n/10=pzdr at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found but I solved that by installing texlive-fonts-recommended (I'm using MacPorts) Nov 30, 2015 at 9:55

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