Shift+Select a la' Windows in OS X?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jonkemerer, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. jonkemerer macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA

    I'm still working with OS X trying to figure it out, and was wondering if there is an OS X equivalent of Shift + Select for Finder? Thanks in advance! :D

    - Jon K.
  2. Shaduu macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2007
    Funnily enough, it's the same shortcut. :)
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    It's the same shortcut in OS X.

    You use Command to make specific selections Vs. a range.
  4. jonkemerer thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Thanks for all your replies, I appreciate it.

    I got it work, however here's the kicker, I was working in Icon view and it doesn't work in icon view :( Is there a way to do it in icon view? Thanks:)
  5. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    Not that I know of. Why not just switch the view?
  6. benpatient macrumors 68000

    Nov 4, 2003
    i can answer that for him:

    Sometimes you need a certain view for what you are doing.

    The correct question is:

    Why not just enable this function in icon view as well?

    But then Apple hasn't been able to make sensible changes to the finder for nearly a decade, now, so I wouldn't expect that to change any time soon.

    instead of useful, customizable viewing options, copy/cut/paste and a whole host of other things, we get coverflow for files. Gee, thanks. Now the other people in my office can take what I do even less seriously than they already did.

    PC-using Boss: "Just cut and paste the files you want onto that server"

    Me: "Actually, I will have to copy and paste, then go back and delete the files in a separate process."

    Boss: "Macs are for children"

    Me: ...*sigh*...
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    And this pretty much sums it up. :eek:
  8. jonkemerer thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Yeah that's my situation alright :D. When working with images I'm in icon view so I can see what I'm working with, not List or Column view. Thanks for answering that for me. I wonder, does Leopard fix this?

    Speaking of cut / paste... Admittedly, I've gotten somewhat used to not using the cut / paste, but it would make my life oh so much easier if they included it...
  9. Mantishead macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2006

    Yes I agree Cover Flow for files is a bit rubbish to be honest. I mean Album Artwork - fantastic...

    A few thousand text files, PSDs, AI files, MPEGS, html files, folders and assorted gunk.... oo wow...

    Watch as they fly past...

  10. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    I don't know what you guys are whining about.

    First, the "Shift-select" *does* work for icon view (at least in Tiger it does, haven't got Leopard yet).

    Secondly, this is really just another one of those "Windows always does it this way, when will Mac get it right?" arguments. (Wah! :( )

    Personally, I prefer the Mac way to "cut and paste." It never made any sense to me (and was highly nerve-wracking as well), that when you "cut" a huge group of files in Windows, they are in some kind of never-never land until the next time you do a paste. Relying on the system to not paste them in an inappropriate context, or to "remember" the cut files if you chose to not paste them etc. is risky at best. Especially when the "system" you are relying on for this delicate operation is MS Windows.

    The Mac way of doing it is more reliable and makes more sense. Especially between two separate devices on a network, automatically deleting the file you are copying when the transfer is signaled to be complete by the second device is a very risky thing to do IMO. In any case, stuff like this is soon to be a non-issue with new file systems like ZFS coming out.
  11. Stiksi macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2007
    Well, actually it's not one of those. Windows has two options. One is the mac way - to drag files from place to place. The other is to use cut and paste. The files don't go anywhere until you paste them successfully. They are greyed out. If you copy something else into the clipboard they will remain where they are. With all the problems I had with windows, cut and paste has always worked flawlessly. It is definitely one of the options for moving files I miss in OS X. And I am confident that Apple engineers are capable of implementing a working version into OS X if they so choose. It could be it's one of those "let's not get too close to Windows" situations. Hope not. I do know Mr. Jobs is not too big on giving us options to do things. Mostly he's right... but...
  12. Mindflux macrumors 68000


    Oct 20, 2007

    Why not just hold control (I think?) when you drag the files, it will move them (versus copy/pasting).. which is essentially a "cut and paste".

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