How to Use Checkboxes in Windows 10 File Explorer

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Congratulations! You are reading my 100th WordPress blog post. Thank you for reading and even sharing. I started blogging after Thanksgiving 2019. It has been a fun learning experience about smart devices and Windows. Please keep reading and leaving comments and/or Tweets.

By default, Windows 10 displays checkboxes whenever you select a file. This was designed for easy file management on a touch screen. You might prefer the classic approach without the checkboxes. Let’s explore how to enable/disable this feature using two methods.

When enabled, a small square appears beside each file icon, thumbnail or file name. They appear in every File Explorer layout mode.

This feature first appeared in Vista and became enabled by default in Windows 8.

This is for Windows 10 operating system

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Access File Explorer

First, open File Explorer by pressing Windows + E or click the pinned File Explorer folder icon in your Taskbar. You may also click Start to locate the File Explorer. Refer to below image:

Checkbox 1
The File Explorer

Method 1: Enable/Disable Checkboxes

Once there, in the ribbon tab, click the View tab. See below image:

Checkbox 2
Selecting the View tab

Locate the option Item check boxes. Toggle the box to show or hide checkboxes. Your change is immediately applied. Refer to below image:

Checkbox 3
Enable/Disable the checkbox option

Method 2: The Folder Options

Access the File Explorer as mentioned above and click on the View tab.

Next, click the Options button and select Change folder and search options to open the Folder options window. Now, select the View tab

Scroll down the list till you see Use check boxes to select items. Toggle the box to show or hide checkboxes. Click Apply to save your choice, then click OK. See following image:

Checkbox 4
Enable/Disable the checkbox option

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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