How to Enable or Disable Check Boxes to Select Items on Windows 10?

You may have noticed that in Windows File Explorer, there are small checkboxes to the left of the file or folder names, that help you select items for carrying out file operations. The checkmark or checkbox on icons is a feature in Windows that allows users to select multiple files and folders quickly. On Windows 10, this feature is known as “Item check boxes.” When this feature is enabled on your computer, all icons on your desktop and files/folders in File Explorer will have checkboxes on them.

Here, this is very useful for touchscreen devices. Then, non-touchscreen device users can also use this feature to select multiple items without pressing and holding a CTRL key. When you move the mouse cursor to an icon, a checkbox appears. Clicking on them, you can quickly select.

“Item check boxes” are enabled on touchscreen devices and disabled on non-touchscreen PCs by default. You can allow this checkbox on a non-touchscreen computer if you prefer it. After that, you can disable this feature if you don’t want to use it on a touchscreen laptop. In this risewindows article, we will guide you on turning on/off the “Item check boxes” feature on Windows 10.

How to Add or Remove Checkboxes from Icons in Windows 10 using File Explorer?

Perform these steps to add or remove Checkboxes from Icons in Windows 10 using File Explorer:-

Step 1. First, press Windows + E keys to open up File Explorer.

Step 2. Now, inside the File Explorer window, click View on the ribbon bar at the top.

Step 3. After that, select “Item check boxes” in the available options to enable the selection.

In the future, if you wish to disable the “Item check boxes” feature on your Windows 10 computer, repeat the above steps and uncheck this option on above step 3.

How to Turn On/Off Checkboxes from Icons in Windows 10 through Folder Options?

Follow these steps to enable or disable Checkboxes from Icons in Windows 10 through the Folder Options:-

Step 1. Firstly, open Folder Options.

For that, press Windows + R keys from the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box. Type control.exe folders and hit Enter from the keyboard to access Folder Options.

Step 2. Now, navigate to the View tab in the Folder Options dialog.

Step 3. Then select or deselect the option Use check boxes to select items to enable or disable the select checkboxes.

Step 4. After that, click Apply.

Step 5. Finally, click OK.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative & useful to you.

Good luck & keep reading, guys…!!!

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