How to Enable or Disable Check Boxes in Windows 11

If you want to selectively select multiple items in the Windows 11 File Explorer or desktop without a keyboard, then you need to enable “check boxes.”

You can do it as follows:

Open the File Explorer Options. Follow these steps to perform this task: Open Run by pressing Windows + R, type control folders, and then press Enter.

Navigate to the View tab.

Select the option “Use check boxes to select items.”

Click the “OK” button at the bottom.

From now on, when you hover over an item in File Explorer or on the desktop, you will see a checkbox that allows you to select it.

To Disable: Disable the option above, then click “OK.”

Alternative Ways

Method #1

To Enable:

Press Windows + E to launch the File Explorer.

Click on the icon beside the three horizontal dots at the top. Hover your mouse over Show.

Hit the “Item check boxes” option found between the “Preview pane” and “File name extensions.” A tick beside the option means it is enabled.

That’s all.

To Disable: Hit the above option.

Method #2

Launch the Registry Editor.

Before proceeding, I recommend taking a backup of the Registry.

Go to the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

Locate AutoCheckSelect in the right pane and double-click it.

In the Value data field, provide 0 (to disable) or 1 (to enable).

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.