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How to select multiple files on Mac?

If you’re looking to delete, move, copy or apply any other action involving multiple files on your Macbook, you will first have to select these files.

There are different ways to select files on macOS. In this article, we will guide you on how to select multiple files on Mac.


How to select multiple files on Mac?

To select an item or multiple files to move, copy, delete or make any other changes to the files, follow the steps below.

Select non-contiguous multiple files on Mac

To select items that are not adjacent or next to each other, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Press and hold Command key.

Step 2: Click on each of the items you want to select, separately.

How to select multiple files on Mac? | Candid.Technology

Also read: How to import photos from your iPhone to MacBook?


Select contiguous multiple files on Mac

To select items that are contiguous or sitting adjacent to each other, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: For list, column or gallery view: Click on the first item, press and hold the Shift key and click on the last item simultaneously. All the items included in between the two clicks will be selected.

How to select multiple files on Mac? | Candid.Technology

Step 2: For icon view: Click near or on the first item, press and hold on the trackpad or mouse button, then drag over all the items you want to select.

How to select multiple files on Mac? | Candid.Technology

Also read: How to delete photos on your MacBook?


How to select all files on Mac?

To select all items in a folder or window, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Click anywhere on the window or folder to make it active, then press Command+A.

How to select multiple files on Mac? | Candid.Technology

How to unselect files in Mac?

To unselect one item when multiple items are selected, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Press Command key then click on the item(s) you want to de-select.

How to select multiple files on Mac? | Candid.Technology

Also read: How to delete downloads on your MacBook?


How to select single files on Mac?

If you want to select one item, open Mac Finder and go to file.

Step 1: Click on the item you want to select, like the icon of the document, app, folder or disk.

How to select multiple files on Mac? | Candid.Technology

Also read: How to make a degree symbol on Mac?

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