This post shows students and new users the steps to follow. Upon or Off checkboxes in File Explorer when using Windows 11. Windows allows you to add checkboxes in File Explorer to make it easier to select multiple files.

Using check boxes to select items in File Explorer is useful when using a touch screen or tabletop device. Even those using mouse PCs can use this feature to allow them to select multiple files if they can’t figure out how to select multiple items in File Explorer with a mouse.

Therefore, this feature is useful for some, but annoying for others. If the check boxes are enabled in File Explorer and you want to disable them, continue below.

If you want to enable the checkboxes in File Explorer, continue below as well. We show you how to enable or disable it when using Windows 11.

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

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

To start enabling or disabling check boxes in File Explorer, follow the steps below.

How to enable File Explorer checkboxes in Windows 11

As mentioned above, one cause uses checkboxes in File Explorer to make it easier to select multiple files. If you want to enable this feature, please 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 checkboxes as shown in the picture below.

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

You should do that!

How to disable item checkboxes in Windows 11

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

Next time, File Explorer won’t show checkboxes next to items.


In this tutorial we have seen how to enable checkboxes next to items in File Explorer. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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