How to Turn On Check Boxes to Select Files on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to turn On or Off check boxes to select items in File Explorer when using Windows 11. Windows allows check boxes to be added in File Explorer to make selecting multiple files easier.

Using check boxes to select items in File Explorer can be handy when you’re using a touch screen or table device. Even those using PCs with mouse can use this feature to allows them 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 disable it, continue below.

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

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.

To get started with enabling or disabling check boxes in File Explorer, follow the steps below.

How to enable File Explorer check boxes on Windows 11

As mentioned above, one cause use check boxes in File Explorer to make selecting multiple file easier. If you wish to enable this feature, follow the steps below.

To do that, open File Explorer.

With File Explore open, click on 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, the next time you use File Explorer, you should see check boxes next to item you can select.

That should do it!

How to disable item check boxes on Windows 11

If you change your mind about enabling check boxes for items in File Explorer, you can simply disable 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. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.