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.
Open Control Panel and select 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.
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.
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.
That’s all there is to it.