How to select a range of items on OSX

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mrochester, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. mrochester macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Hi all

    I'm trying to highlight a range of items on OSX and I can't seem to find or figure out the key combo for this (probably because I don't know what search term to use in Google). On Windows if you highlight something, then press and hold the Ctrl key while clicking another item, it hightlights both items and everything in between. How do you do the same thing in OSX?

    Many thanks


    EDIT - Scrap this, I've found out you have to be in list view for this to work and that it doesn't work when in icon view. Thanks anyway!
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    One way of doing that is to select one of them and then use shift + arrow keys to select the other ones. Maybe not exactly what you meant but pretty similar
  3. mr.tolgao macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2010
    while pressing "Command" key, select the items.
  4. mrochester thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    That just does one item at a time rather than a range. Anyway, as above, switching to list mode and holding down the shift key whilst clicking is the solution.
  5. fswmacguy macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2009
    Click the first item, hold Shift, click the last item, release Shift. This will select the first item, the last item, and all items in between.

    Click the first item, hold Command, click other items, release Command. This will select only the items you've clicked and not all the items in between. You can hold Command and click on a selected item to deselect it without deselecting the other selected items.
  6. mrochester, Dec 25, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2010

    mrochester thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Correct, but that doesn't work in icon view.
  7. cgm707 macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2009
    I can't believe there isn't a way to select a range of icons in Finder. Sometimes I need to see the icon to make the right selection.
  8. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Click and drag one of them transparent boxy things over the files. If you understand what I mean by that.
  9. cgm707 macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2009
  10. Kellie2609 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2014
    Selecting a range

    Hi, I'm new to Mac and needed this question answered also. I kind of figured it out by mistake. I had a bunch of photo files just in an ordinary folder, I changed the view from tiles to a list view. There's a button up the top. Then I simply clicked and held the mouse button down and dragged down to the range I wanted selected and it worked. I tried the square over the tiles thing but I had one file in that range that I didn't want selected. The list made it a whole lot easier.

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