How to Highlight Multiple Files on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of manually selecting one file at a time on your Mac? Highlighting multiple files can be a real time-saver, especially when you need to perform actions like moving, copying, or deleting them. In this tutorial, we will show you how to highlight multiple files on Mac with ease.

Using the Mouse

If you prefer using the mouse for file selection, there are a few different methods you can use.

Method 1: Click and Drag

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  1. Click on the first file you want to select.
  2. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard.
  3. Click and drag your mouse pointer across the other files you want to select.
  4. Release the Shift key and mouse button once all desired files are highlighted.

This method allows you to select a continuous range of files by clicking and dragging your mouse pointer over them.

Method 2: Ctrl (or Cmd) + Click

  1. Select the first file by clicking on it.
  2. While holding down the Ctrl key (Cmd key for MacBooks), click on each additional file you wish to highlight. You can select multiple non-contiguous files using this method.
  3. To deselect a file, simply Ctrl (or Cmd) + click it again.

This method is great for selecting specific files within a folder without highlighting everything in between.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, Mac provides several options for highlighting multiple files.

Method 1: Shift + Arrow Keys

  1. Click on the first file you want to select.
  2. Use the arrow keys while holding down Shift to highlight additional files in the desired direction.
  3. Release the Shift key once all desired files are highlighted.

This method lets you navigate through your files and select multiple items without using a mouse.

Method 2: Ctrl (or Cmd) + A

  1. Press and hold down Ctrl (or Cmd).
  2. Type ‘A’. This selects all files in the current folder or window.
  3. Release Ctrl (or Cmd) once all files are highlighted.

This shortcut is especially useful when you want to select all files in a particular location quickly.

You now have different methods at your disposal to highlight multiple files on your Mac. Whether you prefer using the mouse or keyboard shortcuts, these techniques will help you save time and increase productivity. So go ahead and try them out!

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