How to Multi-select files on Mac?

How to Multi-select files on Mac?

Having trouble in selecting a group of files in Mac OS X Finder? Don’t worry, you are not alone, it’s common among most of the Mac users. Mostly, problem raises up due to not knowing the basic methods of selecting multiple files. We will find out the ways to select multiple items on Mac OS X. These tricks will work on all versions of Mac OS system.

a). Multiselection among Contiguous files.

i). Using the Click + Drag method, you can select multiple files/photos/folders on Mac OS X. It works as simple as it looks, just click and hold to drag a selection box, select as many files you want.

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ii). Shift+Click is another option to select multiple contiguous files in Mac OS X Finder. To do so, select first file + click and hold the shift key, then click on the last file, and it will select all the files between first and last files.

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These methods work only with the contiguous files, but not for selecting random files.

b). Multiselect Nonadjectent Files

You can select multiple files, photos, and folders that are not adjacent by using Command+ Click in Finder view. You can select the variety of files either they are lining alongside or one file at the top and another at the bottom. Just hold the command key and select any files randomly.

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You can also unselect the files using command+click. For example, you select a group of files using shift+click or command+A, then using command+click, you can deselect the files randomly.

c). Select All Files within a window

Using Command+A, you can select all files in a given Finder window in just a second. As mentioned above, you can deselect the items from entire selected files, using command+clicking.

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  1. Midnight Commander

Licensed under the GNU General Public, GNU Midnight Commander, also known as mc, is a free software that supports all basic file operations, such as rename, link, copy, move, delete, and edit etc for Mac OS X. It has some features that make it unique, such as find file capacity, background copy and move operation, subshell support, mouse support under Linux console and xterms via X, online help system and much more….

Mostly, deleting, moving, and renaming single files is quite annoying, so, you might be finding a way for selecting multiple files, photos or folders etc to perform quickly, or you would be in search of selecting and deleting all items within a folder or you want to delete multiple folders, or files, GNU Midnight Commander is the solution to all these file operations.

i). To Select All Files

GNU Midnight Commander helps you to select all files, click the “+” key, a dialog box will appear, now click the “*” key to select all the files.

ii). To select multiple files randomly

You can also multi-select your desired items in the GNU Midnight Commander, to do so, enter the “+” will cause the dialogue box to appear, now click the command+t to select the files randomly.

iii). To Deselect Files

To deselect the files randomly, click “\” 0r “-“, a dialogue box will appear, now you can multi-select the files you want to remove by command+t or you can deselect all files by clicking the “*” key.

  1. ForkLift

Developed by Binary Nights, ForkLift is the best file-transfer and file-manager app for Mac OS X users, with dual-pane. Using the FTP function, which is built into the Mac OS is just like trying a nail on the wall with shoes. Therefore, a good FTP client is crucial for all Mac users to perform their devices at their best level. ForkLift provides their clients all file manager operation like to find, rename, move, copy, and delete or multi-select items. It has all the features that every Mac user need, is easy to handle. It works as simple as drag and drop. However, we will show you how to multi-select your files using ForkLift.

Multiselect Items

Using Command+S, you can activate the quick select and then enter some text that matches the files you want to select. Now, you can multi-select files by holding the command and clicking on the files you want to select or deselect from the existing section.

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  1. Transmit

Transmit is a file transfer program for Mac OS. Developed by Panic, Transmit is shareware. After a seven-day trial period, the product can only be used for seven-minute sessions until it has been purchased. Originally built as an FTP client, it now supports a number of protocols ranging from the more traditional ones like SFTP and WebDAV to cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox

Specifically designed for Mac OS X, Transmit is an efficient and elegant FTP client that supports SFTP, S3 and iDisk protocol, which helps the users to exchange files, download, upload, and delete files over the internet. Transmit helps you to transfer any file fast and easy, even you can edit the files or anything before you send.

Using Transmit, you can copy or move files with Mac, to or from a Mac, or even between servers. It also assists to synchronize files, and option to mount as Finder volumes for the variety of services and servers.

Transmit helps you to multi-select your photos, files, folders or any item. To work within Transmit, it is important to understand, how to manage and select the items, because there is need to select one or more files in every command.

i). To Select Multiple Contiguous Files

In order to select multiple contiguous files, just click the first file and hold the shift key, then click the last file. It will select all the files between first and last files you clicked.

To select an individual file or folder, click it

To deselect a file or some files, hold the Command key and click on the files that you want to deselect from the group of files.

ii). To Select Multiple Files Randomly

If you want to multi-select some items or files that are not aligned together, use the Command+Click key to select multiple files randomly.

In order to deselect all files, click over the empty area of the file browser.

iii). Quick Select

In order to quickly select a single file by its name, just type the first few characters of files name and click.

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Deependra Kushwah
Deependra Kushwah
Deependra is a Senior Developer with Microsoft technologies, currently working with Opteamix India business private solution. In My Free time, I write blogs and make technical youtube videos. Having the good understanding of Service-oriented architect, Designing microservices using domain driven design.

Deependra Kushwah

Deependra is a Senior Developer with Microsoft technologies, currently working with Opteamix India business private solution. In My Free time, I write blogs and make technical youtube videos. Having the good understanding of Service-oriented architect, Designing microservices using domain driven design.

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