Mass selecting files in Finder is letting me down

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by josephhartgreen, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. josephhartgreen macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2015
    Hello Mac users,

    First post here - thank you for having me etc.

    I'm having an issue with multiple files selection on finder - I use my mac to manage a lot of data so it's a bit of a pain.

    Whenever I select with cmd+a or group select with shift, it looks to be fine but about half the time it has missed out two files somewhere in the centre of my selection range. It can manifest itself in either two files sitting there, one after the other, not highlighted OR; two files will literally disappear from the directory until all the other files have been moved out of it or deleted.

    It's hugely frustrating, especially as I spend a lot of time renaming and renumbering image sequences as part of my job...

    It tends to look something like this:



    I'm running Yosemite 10.10.1 on a apple mac desktop and yes I have reset my computer.

    Anyone else experiencing this? It's a hard problem to google.

    Thanks in advance for your help
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    when I use cmd-a to select everything it never misses a file or two. That seems odd to be honest.
  3. crjackson2134 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    CMD+A is the only way to go. I think most users do the same.
  4. josephhartgreen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2015
    It happens even with cmd+a!

    It's very strange...

    It's most likely a network problem as it tends to happen on the network more regularly than from local file selection....
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    I have never seen a problem with file selection, but if few files got omitted from the selection,you can toggle them via CMD+click.

    If you need to do this more often, I suggest that you learns some basic shell scripting (I would recommend the fish shell). It will make your life much easier.
  6. josephhartgreen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2015
    Thanks for the advice guys.

    My problem isn't so much with shortcuts or not properly selecting all the files; it's with the files dropping off after being selected, or not being visible to select in the first place.



    That's a good idea - I'll look in to that now actually

Share This Page

5 January 21, 2015