How to enable check boxes feature in Windows 7 & Vista to select files and folders ?

Windows 7 and Vista has a hidden but useful feature, which I think most of you are not aware off. This cool feature provides the ability to tick and choose particular files and folders only. This can be done using checkbox, like you have seen in Gmail.

Select check boxes which you want

These check boxes are only visible, when one hovers the mouse click over an item. You’ll just need to select the checkbox shown before a file or folder to select those elements.

This is really useful for newbie who don’t know the trick of keeping the ‘Ctrl’ key pressed and select the required components using the mouse. It’s also helpful as the checkbox selected don’t get vanished unlike in Ctrl trick.

To enable the check boxes feature, just go Organize >Folder and Search options >View tab. Then check the option “Use check boxes to select items” and select OK.

enable check boxes in Windows 7 & Vista

That’s it. You’ll now see check boxes in front of files, folders and drives. Now you can cut, copy or delete a no. of selected items at the same time.

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Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

1 Response

  1. Jaspreet says:

    Interesting feature! Thanks for sharing.

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