How to Enable or Disable Check Boxes to Select Items on Windows 11?


As a result of the addition of checkboxes to File Explorer and the desktop, the user will now be able to hover the pointer over multiple items in File Explorer and desktop. The user can see the selection checkbox for each item by hovering over a checkbox. It is essential to know that all icons on your desktop and all files/folders on your computer will have checkboxes when this feature is enabled.

This feature is helpful for touchscreen devices. 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.

By default, “Item check boxes” are enabled on touchscreen devices and disabled on non-touchscreen PCs. If you prefer this checkbox, you can allow it on a non-touchscreen computer, and if you don’t want to use it on a touchscreen laptop, you can disable this feature.

This risewindows article will guide you on enabling or disabling the “Item check boxes” feature on Windows 11.

How to Add or Remove Checkboxes from Icons on Windows 11 via Command Bar?

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

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

Step 3. After that, from the context menu that appears, select “Show” > “Item check boxes” to enable the selection.

In the future, if you want to disable the “Item check boxes” feature on your Windows 11 computer, repeat the above steps and uncheck this option on above step 3.

How to Turn On/Off Checkboxes from Icons in Windows 11 through Folder Options?

Step 1. First, 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 and scroll down to the bottom.

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

Step 4. After that, click Apply.

Step 5. Finally, click OK.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be helpful to you.

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