Add Those Handy Check Boxes to Easily Select Multiple Files in Windows Explorer


Q: In your June 2010 column you talked about a tool that can add small check boxes next to files in Windows Explorer and shortcut icons so you can easily select several widely scattered items for copying, moving or deleting without the need to hold down the Ctrl button while you’re making the selection (“Personalize Windows 7 With a Versatile Tweaking Tool,” page 90). Is there some way to do that without adding the tweaking tool?


A: Yes, but only in Vista and Windows 7. Just open Control Panel, click on Folder Options, press the View tab, and then cursor down the dropdown menu to Use check boxes to select items (see screenshot below).


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