Use check boxes to select multiple files in Windows Explorer

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To select multiple files in Windows Explorer you normally hold down STRG and select files with your left mouse button.

But you can do the same thing one-handed if you change an option. This also gives Windows Explorer a more classic feel.

Here is how:

In Windows 7:

  • Open Windows Explorer.
  • Click Organize.
  • Select Folder and search options.
  • Click the View tab.
  • In Advanced Settings, scroll down and check the box next to Use check boxes to select items.
  • Click OK.

In Windows 8:

  • Open Windows Explorer.
  • Click View.
  • Click Item check boxes.

When you hover your mouse over a file in Windows Explorer now, a check box will appear next to it. Click it to select the file. Once a file is selected, the checked box remains next to it. If you uncheck it, the box will disappear when you move your mouse away.

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