How to Clear the Check Box in File Explorer on Windows 10

How to Clear the Check Box in File Explorer on Windows 10

In Windows 10, File Explorer shows a check box that is visible every time you select a file. This makes file management easier with a touch screen, but you might prefer the classic experience without that checkbox. Here’s how to turn it off.

When activated, the Item check box looks like a small box – empty or with a check mark in it – next to each file icon, thumbnail, or file name. They appear in every File Explorer layout mode, including List and detailed views.

This feature first appeared in Windows Vista and became activated by default in Windows 8. You can even use the Item check box in Windows 7.


Toggle Checkboxes From the Ribbon File Explorer

You can clear this check box from within File Explorer itself.

First, open File Explorer. To do this quickly, press Windows + E, or click the folder icon on your taskbar if File Explorer is embedded there. You will also find File Explorer in your Start menu.
In the ribbon bar at the top of the File Explorer window, click the “View” tab.


Find “Check Box Items” in the View toolbar and click.


If this feature is activated, the check mark in the box next to each file will disappear. After you select a file, they will no longer display the checkbox next to it.


If you want to re-enable the feature, return to the View toolbar in File Explorer and check the box next to “Item Check Boxes” again. Click this option every time you want to hide and hide the check box.

Alternative Method: Use the Folder Options Window

It is also possible to disable the Item check box using the folder options in File Explorer. To do this, open the File Explorer window and click “View” on the toolbar. Click the “Options” button, and you will see a Folder Options window.

Scroll down the list until you see “Use The Check Box to Select Items.” Uncheck, then click Apply.


After that, close the Folder Options window and the check box in File Explorer will disappear. Enjoy!

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