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How to Select Multiple Files on Mac (OS X or MacOS)

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Due to many reasons, Mac and PC users need to select multiple files (lines) in Finder for deleting, moving, copying, etc. When needed, here is how can you do it on your Mac running OS X or MacOS.

Select Contiguous Items

If you want to select contiguous files or folders in Finder:

Method #1

  1. Click on the first file you want of the files (or folders) you want to select.
  2. Shift + Click on the last file (or folder) you want to select.

If you want to add non-contiguous files to the selection:

  1. Command + Click on the file you want to add.

Method #2

  1. Hold the left click and drag the cursor around the contiguous items (files and folders) you want to select.

Method #3

  1. Hold the shift key and click the down-arrow on the keyroard. That will select the contiguous items one by one.

Select Non-contiguous Items

If you want to select non-contiguous items in Finder:

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Method #1

  1. Command + Click on the files you want to add to the selection one by one.

If you want to select two or more contiguous selections (groups of files) that are themselves not contiguous:

  1. Select the first file (or folder).
  2. Shift + Click the last file (or folder) to create the selection one.
  3. Command + Click the first file in the second group.
  4. Shift + Click the last file in that group.

Select All Items

If you want to select all items (files and folders) in one folder on Finder:

Method #1

  1. Click Command + A on the keyboard.

Method #2

  1. Click Edit on the Finder menu and choose Select All.

Method #3

  1. Click on the first item in the folder and while holding the click drag down to the very last item in the folder.

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Kevin Arrows

Hi! I'm Kevin. Thank you for reading the article above. I am a certified MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) with over 10 years of experience. I love to address tech issues, and write tech how-to's in a way that it can be followed by everyone.

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