Select Multiple Files with the Ctrl and Shift keysAs a technology teacher, I always do my best NOT to assume that my students already know something. And so today I want to cover a trick that I think is essential to know as you work with your files and folders… how to select multiple files with CTRL and Shift keys.

As you work with a folder window (the window that opens when you use My Computer, Windows Explorer, This PC (Windows 10) or the Windows 7, 8, or 10 Library window), you are often faced with wanting to do something to a group of files, rather than just one.

For example, let’s say you are working with a folder full of picture files, sorting them into different folders to keep things organized. Rather than move or copy one file at a time, it’s a lot more efficient to move or copy a bunch of files at the same time.

And that’s where learning to select multiple files with the CTRL and Shift keys comes in.

In Windows, you normally can only select ONE file at a time (“select” means clicking on a file to highlight it).

But holding down the CTRL key or the Shift key as you click a file, allows you to select more than one.

Now, CTRL and Shift do work differently…

  • CTRL – allows you to click and select multiple files that are anywhere on your file list, not necessarily next to each other.
  • Shift – allows you to select a group of files that are contiguous (i.e. next to each other) by clicking one file, and then holding Shift and clicking the last file.  All the files in between are then selected.

To give you a better idea of what I’m talking about, I’ve put together an 11 minute video that demonstrates how to select multiple files with the CTRL and Shift keys.  Click the video below to see it.  And remember too that you can see a full-screen version of the video by using the Full Screen button I point out to you below the video.Guidebook-For-Windows-10

Finally,  if you are in the market for getting some guidance with using Windows 10, I recently finished a new book on the subject.

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Select Multiple Files with the CTRL and Shift keys

Click the lower-right corner button (above) to go Full Screen—>>>full screen button

Once the video starts playing, click the “gear” button (above) to change the video quality—>>>fix camera lag

As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal experiences with using CTRL and Shift  You can leave your comments below!


select multiple files with the ctrl and shift keys