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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 all the checkboxes for selecting icons and other items. I prefer to hold down 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 checkboxes 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 checkboxes 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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17 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!!

  7. Sandeep Kumar October 31, 2016 at 12:12 am #

    Thank you so much

  8. Rambo November 8, 2016 at 3:40 am #

    thanks a lot!!

  9. Joaquin December 8, 2016 at 7:24 am #

    Thank you!

  10. Carlos Nani December 10, 2016 at 3:25 am #

    Thanks. It was so helpful 🙂

  11. TML January 6, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

    Perfect! Thank You.

  12. Teresa L Hoagland January 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    Thank you very much! I don’t know when on of my grandchildren change the settings but I was so frustrated I had to Google the answer …. and you came to the rescue.

  13. Zoomwe January 27, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    Thank you 🙂

  14. Bamboo Man February 25, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you so much!

  15. SUnil Singh June 4, 2017 at 5:15 am #

    Thanks for help

  16. wes July 13, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    GOD BLESS YOU!!!, this has been terrorizing me for weeks now

  17. Lydia August 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

    Followed all steps and still have the checkmarks on folders, plus now there are “double check” marks on folders.

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