How to Enable and Disable Check Boxes to Select Items in Windows?

Add or Remove Check Boxes to Select Multiple Files and Folders

There are small check-boxes in the left of the files and folders. However, this is a hidden feature of windows PC. If you wish, you may enable or disable check boxes feature as per your convenience in a windows computer.

If you are an old user of a Microsoft Windows, you might have noticed sometimes that there is an option to select items in Windows PC.

Enable and Disable Check Boxes

This article helps you to enable or disable check boxes in a Windows explorer.

The steps explained below will work with Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Steps shown below is on Windows 10. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1. First of all, open Control Panel.

To open control panel in Windows 10, press Win + R to to launch Run dialog box. Once it appears then, type control and click OK button.

Step 2. On control panel items screen, click File Explorer Options.

Enable & Disable Check Boxes to Select Items in Windows

Note: To open Folder options or File explorer option in a windows PC. You can use a command to get in directly.

For that, open Run dialog box by using key combination Win + R. Once run dialog box open, type control.exe folders and click OK

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Step 3. Once you are done with Step 2 above, File Explorer Options windows will come up on your screen.

Click on View tab, scroll and look for the option Use check boxes to select items.

  • To Enable check boxes in Windows files and programs: Check the box
  • To Disable check boxes in Windows files & programs: Uncheck the box

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Once you enable or disable check boxes (as required for your windows), click on Apply & then OK to close File Explorer Options.

Step 4. If you done with above settings, you are setup check boxes for windows programs & files as shown in below image:

Enable & Disable Check Boxes in Windows

Now you are able to do multiple selection just doings clicks on the check boxes before file, folders and programs and use command to use copy, move, delete etc. as per your preferences.

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