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Published on 01.06.07 by Brent Trahan

Add Check Boxes to Files and Folders in Windows Vista

Add check boxes to files and folders in Windows Vista to select multiple files and folders.


Windows Vista has a new feature that lets you add check boxes to files and folders that can be used to select multiple files at once.  This is similar to holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and selecting multiple files or folders.

Enable Check Boxes

The first thing you need to do before you can use this feature is enable it.

Open a folder, click Organize in the top left of the explorer window, and select Folder and Search Options.


Click the View tab in the folder options window.

Scroll all the way to the bottom of Advanced Settings and check off Use check boxes to select items.

Click the Apply to Folders button to set this option to all folders.

How to Use Check Boxes


The check boxes of files and folders that are not checked off will only appear when you point at them.  If you select the check box of a file a checked check box will appear next to the file or folder to show it has been selected along with the file or folder being highlighted.

If you want to uncheck all the files or folder you’ve selected, simply click an empty space in the current folder.

You can select all files and folders by selecting the check box next to Name in the column names.

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