TR Dojo: Windows 7 and Vista tweak: Select multiple files with checkboxes
October 4, 2010, 8:13am PDT | Length: 00:03:18
Bill Detwiler shows you how to select multiple files in Windows 7 and Vista with the "Use Check Boxes to Select Items" feature. Once you've watched this TR Dojo video, you can find a link to the original TechRepublic article and print the tip from our TR Dojo Blog.
Bill Detwiler: If you're tired of the old CTRL-and-Click method of selecting multiple non-contiguous files, then I have the perfect Windows tweak.
I'm Bill Detwiler, and during this episode of TR Dojo, I'll show how to select files in Windows 7 and Vista using checkboxes.
For years, Windows users have a two-handed procedure for selecting multiple files that weren't next to each other. With one hand they would hold down the CTRL key and with the other they would click each file's name.
However, with the often-overlooked checkbox feature in Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can select multiple files with one mouse-equipped hand.
To turn this feature on, you need to change a setting in the Folder and Search Options of Windows Explorer.
So open Windows Explorer and navigate to a folder with multiple files.
Click the Organize tab on the top menu and navigate to the Folder and Search Options menu item.
On the Folder Options screen, click on the View tab.
Now, scroll down the list of options and find the Use Check Boxes to Select Items entry.
Place a check the settings box to activate the feature, and then click OK to accept the change.
When you go back to the Windows Explorer window, you should see a check box next to each file name.
You will also see a checkbox at the top that allows you to select all the files in the folder.
And don't worry, just because you turn on the checkbox feature you can still use the Ctrl-Click method to select file multiple non-contiguous files and Shift-Click to select files in a series.
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