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 on the left of the files and folders in Windows file explorer. However, this is a hidden feature of windows PC. If you wish, you may enable or disable the check boxes feature as per your convenience on 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 Windows explorer.

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

The steps shown below are on Windows 10 and will work with Windows 11 as well. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1. First, open the Windows Control Panel

To open the control panel in Windows 10 or 11, press Win + R to to launch the Run dialog box. Once it appears then, type control and click the OK button.

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

Note: To open the Folder option or File explorer option directly on a Windows, you can use the following command:

To do that, open the Run dialog box by using the key combination Win + R. Once the Run dialog box opens, type control.exe folders and click OK

Step 3. Once you are done with Step 2 above, the File Explorer Options window will appear on your screen.

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

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

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

Now you are able to do multiple selections by just doings clicks on the check boxes before files, folders and programs and using commands to use copy, move, delete etc. as per your preferences.

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