Windows Checkboxes

By | June 18, 2011
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Charles wants to know how to use checkboxes in Windows 7
I just got a new computer with Windows 7 on it. I had Windows Vista and in one of your newsletters you had an article about using checkboxes to select files in Windows Explorer. I loved using those checkboxes. But now I have a new computer with Windows 7 and I don’t have that feature. My question is does Windows 7 have that feature and if it does how do I turn it on? I love your newsletters – I look forward to Fridays! Thanks.

Our Answer
Thanks Charles. You’re in luck. Both Windows Vista and Windows 7 have the checkbox feature. Windows Checkbox feature is one our favorite features – it makes it easy to select just a few of a long list of files without having to hold down the CTRL key.

Here’s how to turn on the checkboxes features in both Windows Vista and Windows 7:

1. Open Windows Explorer (Press the Windows key + E or click or open your start menu and click “Computer”)

2. Click on the Organize button at the top left of the Explorer interface

3. Select Folder and Search Options from the next menu and choose the View tab

4. Scroll down and you’ll see the option “Use check boxes to select items“. Check that option and then click Ok.

You should now see check boxes at the top-left of a folder whenever you hover over it. There you go! Using Checkboxes is a great way to select multiple files in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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