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Mastering File Selection on a Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide

Select Multiple Files on Mac - Learn How

Are you struggling with managing your files on a Mac? Do you spend way too much time selecting individual files when you could be selecting multiple ones at once? 😞 Don’t fret! We have compiled an easy, user-friendly tutorial to guide you through this process. So sit back, relax, and let us transform your file management game completely! 😎


Selecting Individual Files

The first way to choose multiple files involves selecting them one by one. Don’t worry, we aren’t suggesting anything tedious; there’s a trick. Hold down the Command button on your keyboard while selecting the files. This allows you to pick any individual files, wherever they might be. Remember, the magic is in the Command button. 😉


Top-to-Bottom Selection

Sometimes, you just want to select a bunch of files at once, especially if they are stacked up together. Here’s where the Shift key comes in. Click on the first file, hold Shift, and then click on the last one. Voila! All the files between your two clicks will be selected, a real time-saver when dealing with heaps of files. 😁


Selection: The Shift-Command Combo

Want more precision while selecting bunches of files? The Shift-Command combo is your hero. While holding Shift, you can click to select or deselect files. Want to deselect a particular file from your selection, say ‘Daydream’? Just hold Command, like before, and click on it. You can also add other files this way. It’s all about control. 😌


Making the Most of Your Selection

Once your files are selected, the possibilities are pretty much endless. You can create a new folder with these selections, share them, move them somewhere else, or even delete all of them at once, either by pressing the delete key or by dragging them to your trash bin. It’s all up to you. 😊


Bonus: Select All. Command A

And now for a bonus tip. Want to select everything in a folder really quickly? Press Command A. That’s it. Everything in the folder will be selected. From here on, you can use Shift or Command to deselect items if you want to. And done, you’re now an expert at selecting files on a Mac. 🎉

Conclusion: 🏁

And that concludes our easy-to-follow guide on selecting multiple files on a Mac. By harnessing the power of the Command and Shift keys, you can speed up your workflow, maximize productivity, and simplify file management. So whether you’re organizing your music collection, managing documents, or freeing up some much-needed storage space, these Mac file selection tips have got you covered. Happy managing! 🥳


First, navigate to the file you want to select. Then, simply click on the file and it will be highlighted.

Hold down the Command key and individually click on each file you would like to select. Each clicked file will be highlighted.

To select all files in a folder, click on the folder, press Command + A on your keyboard.

You can select a group of files in succession by clicking on the first file, holding down the Shift key, and then clicking on the last file in the group.

If you have a single file selected, clicking anywhere else on the screen should deselect it. Or, you can hold the Command key and click on the file you want to deselect.

Yes, you can use the arrow keys to navigate to the file you want to select and then press Space or Enter to select it.

You can move selected files by dragging them to their new location on your screen.

The Command key allows you to select multiple individual files without selecting all the files in between.

The Shift key allows you to select a group of files in succession.

Yes, you can select files using any view in Finder including the list view, icon view, column view, and gallery view.

After selecting the file, press the Enter key on your keyboard and type in the new name.

You can quickly find a specific file in Finder using the search feature. Press Command + F, then type in the name or part of the name of the file.

Yes, you can select files on a Mac without using keyboard shortcuts by individually clicking on each file while pressing the Command key.

To select non-adjacent files or folders in Mac, hold down the Command key and click on the files or folders you want to select.

Yes, this is possible using Mac’s built-in Smart Folders feature, which lets you create virtual folders based on specific criteria including file extensions.

You can sort selected files by clicking on the column headers in list view.

No, you can not make selections in Quick Look preview. It is read-only

Pressing Command + A once will select all the items in the view. Pressing it a second time has no additional effect; it won’t deselect the items.

Yes, you can select the files you want to copy, press Command + C, navigate to where you want to paste the files, and then press Command + V.

The fastest way to do this is to use the search box in the window. You can type the file format, for example ‘.jpg’ and the finder will display files of that type.

The Mac OS does not have a set limit on the number of files you can select at once. The practical limit would be the number of files in your drive or folder.

You can select non-sequential files by using the Command key. Hold the Command key and then use the arrow keys to navigate to your files. Press the Space bar to select or deselect a file.

No, there is no shortcut to invert file selection on a Mac.

No, you can only select files within the same Finder window. If you want to select files in different windows, you’ll need to move those files into the same window or folder first.

You can draw a selection box around a group of files. Click and drag your pointer on the screen to draw the selection box. Anything within the box will be selected.

If you accidentally select the wrong file, simply Command-click on it again to deselect.

You can open a selected file by pressing Command + O, or by double-clicking it.

Yes, you can select files from the Recent menu in the same way as in other Finder windows.

You can delete selected files by pressing the Command + Delete keys simultaneously. The files will move to the Trash bin.

Yes, you can restore a deleted file from the Trash bin. Opening the trash, select the file and drag it back to its original location or press Command + Delete again.