Checkbox Select Alternative

Posted On 2007-01-10 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Vista
Tags: General Tip 
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Windows Vista includes a new method to select files when using explorer. Instead of holding down CTRL and then clicking on all the files you want to select, Vista includes the option to check boxes to select items instead. This new feature can be a little hard to get used to at first, but after you use it for a little while, it will be helpful if you were a big user of the CTRL method.

This feature has helped me in situations where I had to select dozens of files or folders and would accidentally click in the wrong area and then I would loose all of my selections, forcing me to start over selecting folders. With the check box feature enabled, accidental clicks that lead to mass de-selection are no longer possible.

Enabling the new feature is very easy, just about anyone could do it. To get started, follow the steps below:

1. In order to begin, you will need to use the Tools menu. In Windows Vista the menu-bar is hidden by default in most windows. Just hit ALT on your keyboard to bring it back. Now that you can see it again, click on Tools and then select Folder Options.

2. Once the Folder Options dialog is displayed, click on the View tab.

3. Under Advanced Settings, scroll down to the bottom of the list and check Use check boxes to select items.

4. Next, click OK and you are finished.

In order to see the new changes you may have to close and reopen all open windows.

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