Finder: Select multiple files with shortcuts

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cosmik, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. cosmik macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2008
    FINDER: Can someone PLEASE tell me how to select several files WITHOUT a mouse?
    I'm new to OSX and I must say: Hurray RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), cause without a mouse, your mac is dead. (Want to go to the Menu? Ctrl+F2...Which Idiot came up with that??)

    l now alot of shortcuts, but still the most basic stuff is impossible (e.g. how do I set the focus/select to the last file in my Itunes Music list) So ,the END key in Windows... very frustrating...

    thanks for helping me out!

  2. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    Shift + arrow keys
    You might try a trackball, joystick mouse (No, not a regular joystick) touchscreen, USB trackpad....
    Someone who wanted to avoid conflicting with any other shortcuts, probably. You can change it to anything you like in System Preferences.

    Tab to the playlist pane, then type the name of the song you like. Use Home/End and Page Up/Page Down to scroll through without selecting. Use the arrow keys to fine-tune your selection. (You can use 'Z' if you like to skip to the Z's, or the last item if there are no Z's.)

    Alternatively, tab to the search field, type the name of the song, tab back to the playlist, select the song with the arrow keys, then tab back to the search field and clear it with the esc key to bring the full playlist back.
  3. cosmik thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2008
    Thanx portent for your reply!

    Yes, I know, but say you want the 1, 7 and 13 file selected?

    But I like to use the keyboard as input design...why "create a need" ?

    Yes, I can also use 3rd party apps to customize/macro keybord sortcuts, but aren't these things so basic, that it should work "out of the box"?? Is the Mac World really that "moused"??

    no that's helpfull! cheers, man! Super, didn't nknow that...

    TAB is also very helpfull....I guess I have to stop thinking "difficult" an start thinking "mac" :_) Thanks!


    And I Know: RTFM!

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