Selecting multiple files or folders


There are several ways to select multiple files or folders.

  • To select a consecutive group of files or folders, click the first item, press and hold down the Shift key, and then click the last item.

  • To select multiple files or folders that are near each other, drag the mouse pointer to create a selection around the outside of all the items that you want to include.

  • To select non-consecutive files or folders, press and hold down the Ctrl key, and then click each item that you want to select.

  • To select all of the files or folders in a window, on the toolbar, click Organize, and then click Select all. If you want to exclude one or more items from your selection, press and hold down the Ctrl key, and then click the items.

  • To select multiple files or folders by using check boxes:

    1. Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

    2. Click the View tab.

    3. Select the Use check boxes to select items check box, and then click OK.

To clear a selection, click a blank area of the window.

Tip

  • After selecting files or folders, you can perform many common tasks, such as copying, deleting, renaming, printing, and compressing. Simply right-click the selected items, and then click the appropriate choice.