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Select Multiple Files with Checkboxes in Vista Explorer

When you want to select multiple files, you need to hold the CTRL key; if you let go of it before selecting another file, you lose your entire selection. Windows Vista’s solution to this problem is allowing you to select check boxes next to files, so you do not have to hold the CTRL key. Learn how to enable this setting, by default, in this guide.

This guide is included as part of the Windows Guides Customize Windows Vista Explorer Series. Please visit the main page if you would like to learn why this guide may be useful.

Selecting Multiple Files with Checkboxes

To enable check box file selection, do the following:
1. Within the folder, press the ALT key once and then select View > Folder Options

Selecting Multiple Files with Checkboxes 1

2. Click the View tab and under Advanced settings, locate and select Use check boxes to select items
Now you can check the files you want to collectively select.

Selecting Multiple Files with Checkboxes 2

Selecting Multiple Files with Checkboxes 3

This guide comes from the ‘Windows Vista – Customization Manual’ [Download a copy now]. The customization manual runs over the basics of customizing your Windows Vista machine to make it more personal. This guide is free of charge to all mintywhite.com readers.



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7 thoughts on “Select Multiple Files with Checkboxes in Vista Explorer”

  1. How To Series: Customize Windo says:

    […] Select Multiple Files with Checkboxes in Vista Explorer […]

  2. Hunky Dork says:

    Wonderful ! and it work with thumbnails too.

  3. Hunky Dork says:

    Wonderful ! and it work with thumbnails too.

  4. Hunky Dork says:

    Wonderful ! and it work with thumbnails too.

  5. Hunky Dork says:

    Unfortunately it seems to disable holding Shift to select multiple contiguous items

  6. Hunky Dork says:

    Unfortunately it seems to disable holding Shift to select multiple contiguous items

  7. Hunky Dork says:

    Unfortunately it seems to disable holding Shift to select multiple contiguous items

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