How to Highlight Multiple Things on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Do you often find yourself needing to highlight multiple things on your Mac? Whether you’re working on a document, a webpage, or just organizing files, being able to highlight multiple items can save you a lot of time and effort. In this tutorial, we’ll show you different methods to achieve this task.

Method 1: Using the Shift Key

If the items you want to highlight are located in a consecutive order, the easiest way to highlight them is by using the shift key. Here’s how:

  1. Select the first item – Click on the first item in your list or selection.
  2. Hold down the Shift key – While holding down the Shift key, click on the last item in your list or selection.
  3. All items in between will be highlighted – The first and last items will be selected along with all the items in between.

This method works well for highlighting files in Finder, emails in Mail, or text in various applications.

Method 2: Using Command Key

If the items you want to highlight are not located consecutively, you can use the Command key. Here’s how:

  • Select individual items – Hold down the Command key while clicking on each item you want to highlight. The selected items will be highlighted as you go along.
  • All selected items will remain highlighted – Once you have selected all the desired items, release the Command key. All selected items will remain highlighted.

This method is particularly useful when dealing with scattered files or non-consecutive paragraphs of text.

Method 3: Using Drag-and-Drop

If you have a large number of items to highlight that are located in the same folder or window, you can use the drag-and-drop method. Here’s how:

  1. Open the folder or window – Navigate to the folder or window containing the items you want to highlight.
  2. Select the first item – Click and hold on the first item in your list or selection.
  3. Drag your cursor – While holding down the mouse button, drag your cursor over all the items you want to highlight.
  4. Release the mouse button – Once you have selected all the desired items, release the mouse button. All selected items will be highlighted.

This method is great for highlighting multiple files in Finder, images in graphics applications, or even text in certain document editors.

Final Thoughts

Highlighting multiple things on your Mac can greatly enhance your productivity. Whether you use the Shift key for consecutive selections, Command key for non-consecutive selections, or drag-and-drop for a large group of items, these methods will help you save time and effort.

Experiment with these techniques and find which one works best for your specific needs. Remember to practice regularly so that they become second nature. Soon enough, highlighting multiple things on your Mac will be a breeze!

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