How To: Turn on Windows Vista’s Hidden ‘Checkboxes’ Feature
You can see that Microsoft’s new operating system Windows Vista may not bring any major new features to the table (unless you count bulletproof security and simplified deployment as features), but it does have a smorgasbord of smaller ones.Some features in Windows Vista are so small, in fact, that they don’t even have proper names. For example,most tech-savvy users know how to select multiple files in former Windows operating systems like Windows XP: Hold down the Ctrl key while clicking each individual file. Of course, that can get a little tricky if you’re working with a long list and/or a lot of files: It’s too easy to mis-click and “lose” all your selections.Windows Vista offers a check-box feature designed to simplify the selection of multiple files: Instead of holding down the Ctrl key while clicking each individual file, you can click a checkbox next to each one you want to select.
To enable this Feature in Windows Vista, launch Windows Explorer, press the [Alt] key to toggle the Menu Bar on, pull down the Tools menu, and select Folder Options. When you see the Folder Options dialog box, select the View tab. Then, under the Advanced Settings scroll down to the bottom of the list and select the Use Check Boxes To Select Items check box. Click OK to complete the operation.
Now, when you hover your mouse pointer over the files in Windows Explorer, a check box will momentarily appear next each file as you move past it. If you select the check box, it will remain next to the file and the file will be selected. You can continue selecting files in this manner until you’ve selected all that you want.