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Select Files and Folders in Windows 7 with Check Boxes [How-To]

Groovy Windows 7 How-To, Tutorials, News, Tips, Tweaks, Tricks, Reviews, Downloads, Updates, Help, and AnswersIf holding CTRL or Shift to select multiple files in Windows 7 isn’t your gig, then check boxes make a great alternative.  Included in Windows 7 is a groovy check box feature for selecting files, however by default it’s disabled so most users don’t even know it’s an option!  I personally like the check box feature as it’s easy to use and avoids becoming annoying by auto-hiding until you hover over them with the mouse.  Let’s look at how to set them up.



How To Enable Check boxes To Select Multiple Files In Windows 7

1. Click the Windows Start Menu Orb, then Type in Folder Options and Press Enter.

Windows 7 screenshot - open folder options

2. In the folder options window, Click the View tab and then Check the box for Use check boxes to select items. When you’re finished Click OK to save changes.

Windows 7 screenshot - folder options view and check boxes to select items

That’s it, quick and simple.  Now whenever you want to Select multiple items while browsing your folders in Windows 7, you can do so using check boxes.

A few extra tips regarding the Windows 7 File/Folder item Check Boxes:

  • If you accidentally Click on the file instead of the check box, it will clear all other check boxes!
  • The boxes will remain hidden until you hover or click them.
  • Simple un-check the option in step 2 to disable the Check Box to select items feature.

Windows 7 screenshot -use check boxes to select your items, groovy!

Do you have a Windows 7 tip?  Please let us know in the comments or join the discussion in the groovyPost community!

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2 Responses to Select Files and Folders in Windows 7 with Check Boxes [How-To]

  1. shockersh January 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    Now this is cool. I cant tell you how many times i’ve told people over the phone “Hold down SHIFT then select them all!!! Or , HOld down CTRL”. Nice MSFT!

  2. Robert Fairmead December 10, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    I’ve known about this for a long time, but never really found a use for. Now I have. But…. After selecting it for one folder, it is automatically applied to all, despite not choosing to Apply to all folders. I only want it for the one folder, as yet. Is that doable? Cheers.

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