I am looking to have a xmark that complements the \checkmark symbol in the amsmath package. I've had a look at some in symbols-a4.pdf but can't seem to find the matching one! What symbol works well?

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    I normally use \text{\sffamily X}. Jan 28, 2012 at 20:40
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    Thanks a lot! That looks fine. It isn't quite as curly as the checkmark though.
    – Tom Deakin
    Jan 28, 2012 at 21:09
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    If you remove the \sffamily it will print in serif font and it will be more curly! Jan 28, 2012 at 21:23
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    Nov 8 at 16:31

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I would think your best bet might come from pifont's dingbats:

\checkmark and (\cmark + \xmark)

\usepackage{amssymb}% http://ctan.org/pkg/amssymb
\usepackage{pifont}% http://ctan.org/pkg/pifont
\verb|\checkmark|: \checkmark \par
\verb|\cmark|: \cmark \par
\verb|\xmark|: \xmark

\cmark is defined as \ding{51}, while \xmark is defined as \ding{55}. Here is a list of the dingbat symbols, taken from the pifont quick reference guide:

pifont quick reference guide

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    Great, thanks.The \ding{55} looks good. Making the \xmark command is useful too!
    – Tom Deakin
    Jan 28, 2012 at 22:09
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    +1 but for those of you (just) looking to use \checkmark, i'd suggest using the amsfonts package instead of the amssymb package. the amssymb package expands upon the more commonly used symbols defined in amsfonts, and includes some rare ones. you might experience a noticeable increase in compile time if you use amssymb and don't need it. Apr 5, 2012 at 17:52
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    Just tried this and \ding{51} and \ding{55} get evaluated to the numbers 3 and 7, respectively... anyone else have this issue?
    – A.Wan
    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:58
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    Answer to A. Wan's question: you need to escape math mode for these characters to show correctly
    – ash
    May 16, 2015 at 13:46
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    A way to use it in math mode (or textmode) would be \newcommand{\xmark}{\text{\ding{55}}} for example.
    – user49121
    Jun 25, 2015 at 16:24

If using XeLaTex is an option, then you could use one of Unicode's X mark (cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_mark for a complete list). All characters may not be available in your favorite font, but, as noted in this answer, DejaVu Sans has a pretty good support.

On my installation, when I compile the following with XeLaTeX,

% !TeX TXS-program:compile = txs:///xelatex/
\setmainfont{DejaVu Sans}
    \begin{tabular}{c c c}
        Symbol & Unicode Codepoint (Hex) & Name\\
        ☐ & U+2610 & BALLOT BOX (checkbox)\\
        ☒ & U+2612 & BALLOT BOX WITH X (square with cross)\\
        ✗ & U+2717 & BALLOT X (cross)\\
        ✘ & U+2718 & HEAVY BALLOT X (bold cross)\\
        × & U+00D7 & MULTIPLICATION SIGN (z notation Cartesian product)\\
        ☓ & U+2613 & SALTIRE (St Andrew's Cross)\\
        ✕ & U+2715 & MULTIPLICATION X\\
        ✖ & U+2716 & HEAVY MULTIPLICATION X\\
        ❌ & U+274C & CROSS MARK\\
        ⨉ & U+2A09 & N-ARY TIMES OPERATOR\\
        ⨯ & U+2A2F & VECTOR OR CROSS PRODUCT\\
        🗙 & U+1F5D9 & CANCELLATION X\\
        🗴 & U+1F5F4 & BALLOT SCRIPT X\\
        🞩 & U+1F7A9 & LIGHT SALTIRE

I obtain:

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Note that it is possible to set the font to DejaVu Sans only for those symbols: again, follow the explanations at https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/291955/34551.


I thought drawing an xmark in tikz might be an elegant option. Here is my best attempt, together with a drawing of a checkmark.


\tikz[scale=0.23] {
    \draw[line width=0.7,line cap=round] (0,0) to [bend left=6] (1,1);
    \draw[line width=0.7,line cap=round] (0.2,0.95) to [bend right=3] (0.8,0.05);
\tikz[scale=0.23] {
    \draw[line width=0.7,line cap=round] (0.25,0) to [bend left=10] (1,1);
    \draw[line width=0.8,line cap=round] (0,0.35) to [bend right=1] (0.23,0);

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    This is indeed elegant!
    – Atom
    Oct 14, 2022 at 16:05

Following @Werner's answer, try

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! It will look strange if the two symbols overlap. Aug 5, 2022 at 15:05
  • Thank you, @Jasper. I'm using it in a paper I write, and it looks good to me (check the one on the bottom): !Checkmarks
    – PSTN
    Aug 6, 2022 at 18:39

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