The checkmark or checkbox on icons is a feature in Windows that allows users to select multiple files and folders quickly. On Windows 11, this feature is known as “Item check boxes.” When this feature is enabled on your computer, all icons on your desktop and files/folders in File Explorer will have checkboxes on them.
This feature is handy for touchscreen devices. Non-touchscreen device users can also use this feature to select multiple items without pressing and holding a CTRL-key. When you move the mouse cursor to an icon, a checkbox appears. Clicking on them, you can quickly select.
By default, “Item check boxes” are enabled on touchscreen devices and disabled on non-touchscreen PCs. If you prefer this checkbox, you can allow it on a non-touchscreen computer, and if you don’t want to use it on a touchscreen laptop, you can disable this feature.
This gearupwindows article will guide you on turning on/off the “Item check boxes” feature on Windows 11.
How to Add or Remove Checkboxes from Icons in Windows 11 via Command Bar?
Step 1. Press
Step 2. Inside the File Explorer window, click
Step 3. From the context menu that appears, select “Show” > “Item check boxes” to enable the selection.
In the future, if you wish to disable the “Item check boxes” feature on your Windows 11 computer, repeat the above steps and uncheck this option on above step 3.
How to Turn On/Off Checkboxes from Icons in Windows 11 through Folder Options?
Step 1. Open Folder Options.
To do that, press
Step 2. Navigate to the
Step 3. Check or uncheck the option
Step 4. Click
Step 5. Click