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How To Select Or Highlight Multiple Files And Folders In Windows

Selecting or highlighting files and folders is a basic operation when you use a computer. In a graphical interface (GUI) such as Microsoft Windows, you can clearly see between selected and unselected files or folders.

Many operations on a file or folder begin by selecting it first, for example deleting, renaming, copying or moving to another folder or directory.

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There are many ways to select files or folders in Windows. You can use keyboard shortcuts, mouse, via the available command keys or use a combination of mouse and keyboard.

Selecting a file or folder may be considered an easy thing. However, being able to quickly select files and folders will save time and speed up the next process and get what you’re working on faster.

How to select or highlight multiple files and folders at once on a Windows computer

Here are a number of techniques to select and highlight multiple files or folders on a Windows-based computer very easily.

1. Select all files and folders in a folder.

To select all files and folders contained in another folder, you can use the keyboard shortcut CRTL+A.

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Alternatively, you can use the Select button in File Explorer. In the File Explorer window that opens, select the Home tab (1), click the Select button (2) and then select Select all (3).

Selecting Multiple Files In Windows Folder
Selecting Multiple Files In Windows Folder
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2. Select multiple files or folders sequentially.

To select multiple files or folders sequentially, you can do this by clicking the first file or folder, pressing and holding the SHIFT keyboard key and then clicking the last file or folder.

Another alternative is to click and drag. Click the mouse, keep pressing and while moving (drag) towards the file or folder that you want to select or highlight.

Selecting Multiple Files In Windows Folder 2
Selecting Multiple Files In Windows Folder 2

3. Selecting multiple files or folders are not sequential.

To select multiple files or folders that are not sequential, you can do this by clicking the first file or folder, pressing and holding the CRTL keyboard key and then clicking another file or folder that you want to select or highlight.

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Muhamad Nagib
Muhamad Nagibhttps://istalkingtech.com
Information technology writer who has great interest in Windows, MacOS and Linux-based computers as well as Android and iOS smart devices, therefore this website is dedicated to reviewing all information about these operating systems and devices. Learn more.

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