How to clear the File Explorer check boxes on Windows 11

In Windows 11, by default, File Explorer shows check boxes for file icons when you select them. It’s handy for touchscreen devices, but if you want a cleaner look and don’t need them, they can just be turned off. Here is how.

Checkboxes first appeared in File Explorer under Windows Vista. They appear when you select a file in a file explorer window or on the desktop.

If you find these check boxes bothersome, it’s easy to uncheck them, but the option is a little buried. First, open File Explorer. If you don’t have a File Explorer shortcut on your system tray, right-click the Start button and choose File Explorer from the menu that appears.

Right-click the Start button and choose File Explorer from the list.

After a file explorer window opens, click on “View” in the toolbar at the top.

Click on


From the View menu that appears, choose View, then click Item Checkboxes to remove the check mark next to it.

In the menu that appears, click on

And that’s it. From now on you won’t see any ticks next to it when selecting a file. If you change your mind, just go to the View> Show menu in File Explorer and check the box next to “Item checkboxes”.

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