Windows has checkboxes in File Explorer for selecting multiple items. If you find them annoying, here’s how to get rid of them.
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, which you can find below.
Remove Check Boxes from Folders and Files on Windows 7
- Open Control Panel and select Folder Options.
2. When the Folder Options window opens, choose the View tab, 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 checkboxes for some reason, you can always enable them again.
Disable Item Check Boxes in Windows 10
If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, you can remove the checkbox from icons, too. While you can still do it by opening Folder Options as shown above, now the process is a lot easier.
Launch File Explorer and select the View tab on the Ribbon. In the Show/Hide section, uncheck the “Item check boxes” box.
That’s all there is to it. Of course, if you want to re-enable them again for any reason, just recheck the “Item check boxes” option on the File Explorer ribbon.