How to select more than 1 file at a time.
Selecting more than one file at a time is a huge time saver.
Up to now, on the course, we've focused on just 1 file or 1 folder. We've only selected 1 file or folder. But now it's time to move beyond that, and start working on multiple files and folders at the same time.
There's lots of ways to select more than 1 file at a time, but we'll look at the 3 easiest methods.
the problem with selecting more than 1 file/folder.
If you've ever tried to select more than one file or folder at a time, you'll no doubt have run into this issue.
And it is infuriating.
First we'll look at the problem, and then the solutions.
So we're going to need some dummy files and folders to play with.
We'll save 10 dummy files to use as examples, into a single folder on the Desktop.
So that's a folder to hold our files in. now for the files.
Open Notepad and type something, anything will do.
Then save the file into the folder Stan AHC.
Name the file, File 1.
Use SAVE AS again and save the file as File 3, then again as File 4 etc. All the way up to File 10.
You can now close Notepad out of the way.
Open the folder Stan AHC and you should now have 10 files (named File 1, File 2, File 3............File 10) inside it.
trying to select more than 1 file at a time.
OK so now we've got all our files together, let's try selecting a few of them.
Try to select all the odd numbered files at the same time.
Left click once on File 1 to select it.
You can see it's selected because it will have a highlight around it.
So far, so good.
Now left click once on File 3 to select that as well.
You'll see that the highlight jumps from File 1 to File 3.
So File 3 has been selected, but File 1 has been deselected.
Not what we wanted.
We wanted to select both file 1 and 3 at the same time.
Could be an issue?
Try selecting File 5, File 7 or 9.
Try doing it really fast.
You could even try showing the computer your angry face.
It'll make no difference.
Each time you click a file to select it, the previous one will be deselected.
How to select more than 1 file at a time. CTRL + Click
What we need is a way to tell the computer to stop deselecting our files.
Some method that the machine understands that we're trying to select more than one file at a time.
CTRL to the rescue.
Now try this.....
Left click once on File 1. It's selected. The highlight appears around it.
On your keyboard, hold down the CTRL key (it's in the bottom left corner, and it will be labelled either CTRL or Control).
With CTRL held down, left click once on File 3.
You'll see that both File 1 & File 3 are selected, they both have a highlight around them.
You can release the CTRL key now.
Carry on and select all the odd numbered files.
Hold down the CTRL key before clicking on a file.
Once you've selected all the odd numbered files, you can release the CTRL key.
Try it again, this time we'll select all the even numbered files.
Left click once on File 2 (but don't hold down the CTRL key).
You'll see that all the odd numbered files are deselected, and File 2 will become selected.
To select all the other even numbered files, hold down the CTRL key and left click once on them in turn.
Release the CTRL key when you've got all the even numbered files selected.
Easy when you know how.
Try it out for yourself.
selecting more than 1 file at a time.
select all. select everything. CTRL + A.
Sometimes we'll want to select everything inside a folder. All the files and folders.
Now we could just hold down CTRL and then click on everything in turn. That would work.
But if we want everything, then there's a quicker way of doing it.
CTRL + A.
To select everything in a folder, hold down the CTRL key, and tap the letter A at the same time. As if you were going to type the letter A.
You'll see that all the files are instantly selected.
and finally, block selecting. shift + click.
This one comes in particularly handy when your sorting out your pictures. It's a way of selecting a group of files that are in sequence.
So we might say, we want all the files from this one to that one.
Confused, I'm not explaining it well, but read on and you'll see what I mean.
Let's say we want to select the files 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
How can we do it quickly?
Well, we could simply hold down CTRL and then click files 3 through 7 in turn. Yes that would work.
But there's a better way.
Shift + Click.
The first thing to note, is that all the files we want are in a continuous block or sequence.
File 4 follows file 3, and file 5 follows file 4 etc.
When you've got files like this, you can left click once on the first file (File 3), then holding down the SHIFT key on the keyboard, and then left click once on the last file (File 7).
All the files between the first and last will be selected.
So in our example, all the files from 3 to 7.
You've just gotta give it a go for yourself.
Getting to grips with these 3 ways to select more than one file at a time will save you hours of time and frustration.
using CTRL + A and SHIFT + Click.
The beginning of a new chapter.
Selecting multiple files and/or folders is incredibly easy to do, once you know how.
But now it's time to forge ahead into the next chapter. Beyond the Basics.
"To boldly go where I haven't been before".