If you are working with Microsoft Windows, macOS, (or any other operating system that comes with the GUI) it is possible to choose to select multiple documents to duplicate, erase or transfer them all in one go. The sections below will explain different ways of choosing multiple folders or files.
Select all files or folders within the current directory
“Select all” using shortcut keys
In the majority of operating systems and applications in the majority of operating systems and programs, the shortcut keyCtrl + A ( Command + A on macOS ) selects all text within the current text area or the entire text area. Files In a file navigator window.
“Select all” by using menus
- Navigate to a folder or directory from File Explorer or My Computer.
- Select to Edit within the Menu Bar located at on the upper right of your screen.
- Select “Select All” in the drop-down menu.
When the folders or files have been highlighted, right-click one of the highlighted folders or files to see the options available to cut and copy or delete. For more help and details look over the section below on what you can do following the folders or files are highlighted..
Drag and drop the mouse to select multiple files or folders
You can drag and click around a box that contains the folders or files that you’d like to choose. This will select all folders and files in the box, as illustrated in the animated illustration.
To do this, simply click while holding your right mouse button in the upper-left area of the location you wish to begin highlighting. After that drag through the box until the last selected folder or file is highlighted. After the files have been chosen, they can be copied, cut or dragged into a new open window in order for you to move to another location. They may also be moved into in the Trashor Recycling Bin in order to get removed.
When the folders or files highlight, right-click one of the highlighted folders or files to see the options available which include cutting, copying, or delete. For further assistance and guidance read the following section on how to proceed when the folders or files are highlighted..
Choose several files or folders that are grouped together
- Select the first file or folder, then press and hold. Shift .
- While you are holding Shift Click the file or folder.
After the folders or files have been highlighted, right-click one of the highlighted folders or files for a list of options to cut the file, copy it, or delete. For further assistance and guidance look over the section below on what you can do when the folders or files are highlighted..
Choose multiple files or folders that aren’t grouping together.
- Click the first file , or folder, then press and hold. Ctrl .
- While you are holding Ctrl Click on each of the other files or folders that you want to choose.
After the folders or files highlight, right-click one of the highlighted folders or files to see the options available to cut the file, copy it, or delete. For further assistance and guidance read the following section on how to proceed when the folders or files have been highlighted.
How do I select without the mouse
If you’d like to choose the file or folder you want to select using your keyboard, you can follow these steps below.
- Press Windows key + E to be opened File Explorer .
- Press Tab until you’re inside the window that contains the folders or files that you’d like to choose.
- Use the Arrow keys to navigate to the desired folder or file you wish to choose.
- You can choose multiple files or folder by pressing down Shift Use the arrow keys use the arrow keys to highlight them.
After the folders or files are highlighted, click the shortcut key Ctrl + X to cut or Ctrl + C to copy or print Remove to delete. To get additional assistance and help for deleting, please refer to the following section on what should be done following the folders or files are identified? What can be done after the folders or files are .
You can make use of a combination of selecting multiple files , folders as well as single folders or files simultaneously by following the instructions in the following.
- Select the first folder or file you’d like to select.
- Hold it down Shift Choose the most recent file or folder, then release it. Shift .
- Hold the button down Ctrl and then click on the next file(s) as well as folder(s) you’d wish to join to the ones already chosen.
What do you do once the folders or files have been identified?
When the folders or files are marked after which they can be moved, copied and deleted or compressed to create a single archive files.