How to Select and Drag Multiple Files on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who frequently needs to select and drag multiple files? This tutorial will guide you through the process, step by step.

By the end, you’ll be a pro at efficiently managing your files on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Understanding File Selection

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of selecting and dragging multiple files, let’s familiarize ourselves with the basics of file selection on a Mac.

  • Single File Selection: To select a single file, simply click on it once.
  • Selecting Multiple Files: To select multiple files that are adjacent to each other, click on the first file, hold down the Shift key, and then click on the last file.
  • Selecting Non-adjacent Files: To select non-adjacent files, hold down the Command key while clicking on each file individually.

Step 2: Selecting and Dragging Multiple Files

Now that we know how to select files let’s learn how to drag them together at once.

Selecting Multiple Files

  • Selecting Adjacent Files: Use the method described in Step 1 to select multiple adjacent files that you want to drag together.
  • Selecting Non-adjacent Files: Hold down the Command key while clicking on each non-adjacent file that you want to drag together.

Dragging Multiple Files

To drag the selected files together:

  • Click and Drag: Click and hold the left mouse button on one of the selected files, then drag them to the desired location.
  • Using Keyboard Shortcut: Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut: hold down the Command key and press the letter C. Then navigate to the desired location and press the combination of keys: Command + V.

Tips for Efficient File Management on Mac

Create Folders:

To keep your files organized, consider creating folders for different categories. Simply right-click in your desired location, select “New Folder,” and give it a name. You can then drag and drop files into these folders for better organization.

Rename Files:

If you want to rename a file quickly, select it by clicking once, press the Return key, type in the new name, and press Return again.

Delete Files:

To delete selected files permanently from your Mac, simply press the Command + Delete keys together. Remember to double-check before deleting as this action cannot be undone.

Congratulations! You’ve now mastered the art of selecting and dragging multiple files on your Mac. With these skills under your belt, managing your files efficiently will be a breeze!

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