How to Enable File Selection with Check Boxes in Windows 11



The post provides a guide on how to turn on or off checkboxes in File Explorer on Windows 11. This feature helps users select multiple files more easily, making it especially useful for touchscreen or tablet devices. The tutorial provides instructions on enabling the feature and also on how to disable it if no longer…

This post shows students and new users steps to turn the On or Off checkboxes to select items in File Explorer when using Windows 11.

Windows allows checkboxes to be added in File Explorer to make selecting multiple files easier.

Using checkboxes to select items in File Explorer can be handy when using a touch screen or tablet device. Even those using PCs with mice can use this feature to select multiple files if they can’t figure out how to select multiple items the standard way.

So, this feature is handy for some but annoying for others. If check boxes are enabled in File Explorer, and you want to turn it off, continue below.

If you’d like to enable check boxes in File Explorer, continue below. We’ll show you how to turn it On or Off when using Windows 11.

To turn checkboxes on or off in File Explorer, follow the steps below.

How to enable File Explorer checkboxes on Windows 11

As mentioned above, one reason for using checkboxes in File Explorer is to make selecting multiple files easier. If you wish to enable this feature, follow the steps below.

To do that, open File Explorer.

With File Explore open, click the View command on the toolbar, as shown below. On the View context menu, click Show ==> Item check boxes, as shown in the image below.

Once you enable it, the next time you use File Explorer, you should see check boxes next to the item you can select.

That should do it!

How to turn off item checkboxes on Windows 11

If you change your mind about enabling check boxes for items in File Explorer, you can simply turn off this feature by reversing the steps above in File Explorer ==> View ==> Show ==> Item check boxes.

The next time, File Explorer won’t show check boxes next to items.


This post showed you how to enable check boxes next to items in File Explorer. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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