How to Select Multiples Files on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

If you’re a Mac user, you may have found yourself in a situation where you needed to select multiple files at once. Whether it’s to copy them, move them, or delete them, selecting multiple files can save you a lot of time and effort. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to do just that.

Using the Command Key

One of the easiest ways to select multiple files on your Mac is by using the Command key. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the first file that you want to select.
  2. Hold down the Command key on your keyboard.
  3. Click on each additional file that you want to select. You’ll notice that each file will be highlighted as you click on it.
  4. Release the Command key once you have selected all the desired files.

This method allows you to select multiple files that are not necessarily adjacent to each other in a list or folder.

Selecting Adjacent Files

If you have a group of files that are listed consecutively in a folder or list, there’s an even quicker way to select them:

  1. Click on the first file in the group.
  2. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard.
  3. Click on the last file in the group.

All of the files between the first and last one will now be selected automatically. This method is particularly useful when working with large groups of adjacent files.

Selecting Non-Adjacent Files

What if you want to select multiple files that are not listed consecutively? Don’t worry, there’s a solution for that too:

  1. Click on the first file that you want to select.
  2. Click on each additional file that you want to select, even if they are not adjacent to each other.

This method allows you to individually select multiple files from different parts of a list or folder. Each file you click on will be added to your selection.

Selecting All Files in a Folder

If you want to select all the files in a folder without having to manually click on each one, here’s how:

  1. Click on any file within the folder.
  2. Hold down the Command key and press the letter A on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can go to the Edit menu and choose “Select All”.

All of the files in the folder will now be selected at once. This method is especially useful when dealing with large numbers of files.

In Conclusion

Selecting multiple files on your Mac doesn’t have to be a cumbersome task. By using these simple methods, you can save valuable time and streamline your workflow. Remember, whether it’s using the Command key or selecting adjacent or non-adjacent files, mastering these techniques will make managing your files a breeze.

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