Everyone knows how to select multiple files using the click-and-drag or using the CTRL key, but what if you learn a better way to select your files without missing any.
To select one file we just need one click, to select a lot we need a trick…
I used to select dozens of files using the CTRL key and lose my selection accidentally due to a simple miss-click… It’s really embarrassing. Or even worse, creating duplicate files…
If the files you want to select are in order you can select the first file, hit the SHIFT key and click on the last file. To select all the files in the folder just use CTRL+A and then you can press CTRL to un-select the unwanted files.
In this tutorial you will find a better yet easy way to select your files without losing your selection, because you will be using “Check Boxes”.
Select Your Files in Windows Like a Boss!
This trick works in Windows 7, 8 and 10. It will help you prevent the creation of duplicates during the selection process.
Enable Check Boxes for a Better Selection
Just press the Win+E key combination to open the File Explorer. Open the tab “View”.
Change the Layout to “Details” for better file management and check “Item check boxes” in the Show/hide section.
Check boxes are now enabled, you now have the choice between selecting a file or actually selecting multiple files using check boxes. This will help you keep the files selected even when changing the window, it’s really useful if you switch a lot between programs and File Explorer.
Once you have finished selecting your files you can do whatever you want from copying, moving or deleting them. You can delete them permanently using SHIFT+DEL key combination.
If you are using Windows 7 then you have to go to “Organize” > “Folder and search options“, click “View” tab and check the “Use check boxes to select items“, click “Apply” then “OK“.
If you enjoyed this trick and saved you some time please share it with your beloved ones.
Thanks a lot for reading this article and hope you all the best!
Soufiane – thewindowscollege.com