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How does accepting an answer work?

In Stack Overflow how do I put the big green check to the answer which I like the most?

I see it on answers to other people's questions, but can't work out how to do it for my own.

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There is a check box element right there. Just click it. – Tejs Sep 15 '11 at 20:24
    
you can only do that if it's your question. – Karoly Horvath Sep 15 '11 at 20:28

You can only do this on answers to your own question and then, as a new user only after a time limit has passed (I believe it is 15 minutes currently).

You simply click on the checkmark that appears next to the answer.

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That's called "accepting an answer" and is possible if you asked the question.

It looks so:accept

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