There are several different ways to select multiple files in Windows 10. Here are a few from the must-know ways to select multiple files.
As part of daily usage, there will be instances when you need to select multiple files in a folder on your Windows 10 system. There may be any number of situations such as the need to copy and/or move multiple files, open multiple files at the same time, select multiple files to upload, etc. No matter the reason, the opportunity to select multiple files in Windows 10 is fundamental for using your computer effectively.
Within this quick and simple guide, I’ll show three new ways to select multiple files at once in Windows 10. Knowing or learning these three ways is important for managing your files in File Explorer. Fortunately, knowing the below methods, they are utilized on any mainstream operating system.
So, without further ado, let me show the ways to pick multiple files in Windows 10 operating system.
1. Select all files in a folder
Probably the most common things people do is select all the files and folders inside a directory or folder. For instance, for those who have multiple files in a USB drive that you need to copy, you can simply select all of the files and folders and duplicate & paste them into your hard disk.
Open the folder and press the “Ctrl key + A” keyboard shortcut to pick all files in a folder. Once you press the shortcut, Windows will select all of the files in that specific directory or drive.
Once selected, you can copy or cut them with the “Ctrl + C” or “Ctrl + X” shortcut and paste them in a different folder with the “Ctrl + V” shortcut. Of course, you may also drag and drop the selected files in a different directory.
2. Select multiple files inside a specific range
Apart from selecting all of the files, there can be a situation in which you need to select files inside a particular range.
For instance, for those who have files named 1 through 100, you might like to select files 1 to 10, or, 70 to 100, or, 5 to 45. In those cases, instead of selecting all the files and deleting the ones you do not need one at a time, you can just select the files you want within the range you need. In case you are wondering, yes, the file names could be anything you like.
To pick multiple files inside a specific range, open the folder where the files are located. Select the first file in the range together with your mouse pointer. Now, hold on the “Shift” key on your keyboard and select the final file in the range. Once you do this, Windows will select all the files and folders in that range. Take a look at the below image for convenient reference.
Select all files in range
3. Select multiple files in a folder (in random order)
Aside from selecting all files or selecting files in a specific range, you may also select specific files in random order. For example, if you want to select specific photos in your Pictures folders, this is actually the most practical way. After all, the photos you want to select may not be next to each other.
To pick multiple files, open the folder, hold on the “Ctrl key” and choose the files by hitting them with your mouse pointer. After selecting, you are able to copy or cut and paste them where needed.
Select files in random order
That is all.