In a fairly old blog, Martin Dobias shared a post detailing the use of the QGIS Layer Tree API where one of the images shows the Table of Contents (or Layers Panel in QGIS jargon) using ticks to show if a layer is enabled or not:

QGIS Blog image

This seems to be available in QGIS for Linux users but for Windows, it uses crosses:

QGIS 2.18 image

Is it possible to use ticks for a Windows version of QGIS?

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    QGIS jargon...or too much ESRI ;p Jun 20, 2017 at 21:47

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I tried with QGIS 2.14.15 and could reproduce at least the ticks: (see image) You need to go to settings -> options and their use the "CDE Style" as Style. This also change the style of your plugins.

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After restarting it should look something like this:

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    Thanks for your answer, that is an...interesting style! I just tested Cleanlooks and that also does ticks and is less visually striking than CDE. In fact, most styles uses ticks :)
    – Joseph
    Jun 19, 2017 at 14:57
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    @Joseph I agree its a special style seems bulky somehow but at least i for once could help you :) ( at least a bit)
    – LaughU
    Jun 19, 2017 at 15:17

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