Turn On or Off File Explorer Check Boxes to Select Files Folders in Windows 11

In this post you will learn to turn On or Off File Explorer Check Boxes to select Files, Folders in Windows 11. Checkboxes in File Explorer are used for selecting multiple items and the user can select depends on their requirements. In Windows 11, File Explorer you will get the Item checkboxes that look like a small square that appear in each File Explorer layout mode, including list and detailed views.

In Windows 11 File Explorer checkboxes appears whenever you select a files, folders that makes file management easier specially when you using a touch screen devices, there you can use check box to make selecting multiple files easier to perform various activities like, Copy, Move and Delete.

You can also check out this blog post to Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 11. Many of us might prefer a classic experience while using file explorer, We have a option to turned off this feature, Here’s how

Turn On or Off Use Check Boxes to Select Items in Layout and View Options

Let’s follow the steps below to turn on or off Check boxes option in files, folders –

  • In Windows 11 device, Open File Explorer

Press the Windows + E keyboard shortcut to open File Explorer.

  • Click the Layout and view options menu and Select the Show submenu and Check (Default) or Uncheck the Item Check boxes option.
Turn On or Off File Explorer Check Boxes to Select Files Folders in Windows 11
Turn On or Off File Explorer CheckBoxes to Select Files Folders in Windows 11

Turn On or Off Use Check Boxes to Select Items in File Explorer Options

The following steps will be taken to turned On or Off Use CheckBoxes to Select Items –

  • In Windows 11 device, Open File Explorer
  • Click on the See more (three-dotted) menu and select the Options.
Windows 11 - File Explorer > Options
Windows 11 – File Explorer > Options
  • In the View tab, Under the Advanced settings section. Check (Default) or Uncheck Use check boxes to select items, and click on Apply then OK.
Windows 11 - Folder Options > View
Windows 11 – Folder Options > View

End Users Experience

This is the default settings when the option Use check boxes to select items turned On, You will be experienced that in Windows File Explorer, there is checkbox to the left of the file or folder names.

Users Experience -  Turned On Use CheckBoxes to Select Items
Users Experience – Turned On Use CheckBoxes to Select Items

Here’s how when Use check boxes to select items turned Off, you will get no option to select the file, folders in File Explorer.

Users Experience -  Turned Off Use CheckBoxes to Select Items
Users Experience – Turned Off Use CheckBoxes to Select Items

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