When you first install a fresh copy of Windows then by default, checkboxes are not added with the items on Windows Explorer. Checkboxes help you to select multiple files or items without using the Ctrl key. Here I am showing you how to enable checkboxes in your Windows Explorer of Windows 7. Same procedure is also valid for Windows XP and Windows Vista.

How to Enable?

In order to enable checkboxes just follow these three simple steps.

  1. Open My Computer or any other folder you want.
  2. In that folder click on Organize which is at left-top corner and then select ‘Folder and Search Option’.
    Folder and Search Options in Windows Explorer

    Folder and Search Options in Windows Explorer

  3. On the Folder Options, click view button and navigate down and check the “Use check boxes to select items”. Press OK.
    Checkbox Field in Folder Options

    Checkbox Field in Folder Options

Done – Checkboxes in Windows Explorer

That’s it. Now you can see that the checkboxes have magically appeared in front of every file in Windows Explorer. In order to select any individual file just check the checkbox corresponding to that file.

Chechboxes appearing in Windows Exlorer

Chechboxes appearing in Windows Exlorer