Disable, Enable check boxes to select items in Windows 7 / 8 / 10

You may have noticed that in Windows File Explorer, there are small check-boxes to the left of the file or folder names, that help you select items for carrying out file operations. If you need to select non-consecutive items to carry out any files operation like Copy, Move, Delete, Cut, etc., these boxes help you select the items. There is also a single box, on the left of ‘Name’ that will help you select or deselect all the items.

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Windows explorer disable check box

You can if you wish disable or enable these checkboxes according to your preferences. To do so, go to the Windows 8 Start Screen and type Folder Options. Click on the search results to open it.

Under the View tab, scroll towards the end of Advanced settings.

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Here you will see a setting Use check boxes to select items. Check or Uncheck the box as per your preference and click on Apply/OK.

You will no see that the check boxes will disappear, if you have chose to not show them.

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You can also effect this change via the File Explorer UI itself as follows:

Enable check boxes to select items

As mentioned earlier, these check boxes work for files, folders as well as all desktop items. Works on Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.