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Make a Selection!

If you use a computer on a regular basis, you know that in order to select an item — a picture, an email, a document, a song — you must hover your pointer over the item and click on it. The clicked item will become “highlighted” and then you can move it, copy it, or delete it.

If you try to select more than one item at a time, your second item will light up, but the first item will become de-selected.

Isn’t there a way to select more than one item at a time? Yes.

The Control (Command) Key

To select more than one item at a time, hold down the Control key on the keyboard (the Command key on a Mac keyboard) while you click the items one by one that you wish to select. The first items stay highlighted as you click on the others.

The Shift Key

To select a group of files, folders, pictures, or songs in a row, you can use the Shift key: click on the first item in your list, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, and then click the last item in the list. The first item, last item, and every item in between will be selected.

The Control (Command) and Shift Key and the Shift Key Together

If you wish to select most, but not all, of the files, folders, pictures, songs, in a list, you can use a combination of these keys to do this quite efficiently. Hold down the Shift key to select the whole group (as described above) and then let go of the Shift key. Then hold down the Control (Command) key and click (de-select) any selected items that you don’t want in the group.

Once you have your group selected, you can move, copy, or delete it. If you are dragging these selected items to another folder, you must click on one of the selected items to drag them all to the desired location. If you don’t click on one of the highlighted selections, you will de-select everything in your group and you will have to start selecting all over again.

If you are used to cutting, copying, or moving one file at a time, try using these keyboard keys. They offer an easy way to work more efficiently.