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How To Remove Windows Icon Check boxes (Updated)

One of the more annoying things I find when I work on people’s computers is that check boxes are enabled on icons and other items. I prefer to hold the Ctrl key and select multiple items. If you’re not a fan of the boxes, here’s how to get rid of them.

Note: This article has been updated to include instructions on removing the checkbox in Windows 10.

Check Boxes

Open Control Panel and select Folder Options.

Folder Options

When the Folder Options window opens, choose the View tab and scroll down and uncheck “Use check boxes to select items” and click OK.

Folder Options Screen

That’s it. No more boxes. Now you can use Ctrl or Shift and click or hit Ctrl + A to select all items. If you do like check boxes for some reason, you can always enable them again.

Check Boxes

Disable Check Boxes in Windows 10

If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, you can remove the checkbox from icons, too. You can still use the steps outlined above, but there is another way to do it as well.

Launch File Explorer and select the View tab on the Ribbon. In the Show/Hide section uncheck Item check boxes.

Uncheck Item Check Boxes

That’s all there is to it.


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6 Responses to How To Remove Windows Icon Check boxes (Updated)

  1. Rolo September 6, 2015 at 7:09 am #

    Thaks it was easy and useful

  2. Raised on Unix December 24, 2015 at 5:20 am #

    Thanks, that checkbox is so annoying!

  3. dapz January 7, 2016 at 5:43 pm #


  4. Julia May 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    Thank you, really, thank you!

  5. Lou September 11, 2016 at 10:36 pm #


  6. Hayden C October 19, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    thanks a lot!!

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