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

You may have noticed that in Windows 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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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:

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

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • Ashkan

    thanks for the tip. it’s a handy feature for laptop/trackpad users. but i don’t know why i prefer the traditional ctrl/shift + click method.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Yes – that does the job too. :)

  • Mido Siriano

    THANK S

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