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How to Select Multiple Files on Mac

Mac makes it easy to select multiple files, so you can batch perform actions like copy, move, and delete. We’ll show you various ways to select multiple files in Finder on Mac.

Keep in mind that although we use the term “files” in the below sections, you can use these instructions to select virtually anything in your folder, including apps and subfolders.

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Select Multiple Adjacent Files

If the files you want to select are in a sequence, selecting them all is easy.

To do so, first, open Finder and locate the folder containing the files you want to select.

If you use the Icons view type in Finder, you will have to change this to List, Columns, or Gallery. This method doesn’t work in the Icon view. To make the change, from the top of your Finder window, click the square icon (with squares in it) and select “As List,” “As Columns,” or “As Gallery.”

Change the view type in Finder.

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With the Finder window in List, Columns, or Gallery view, click the first file so it’s selected.

Select a file in a Finder window.

On your Mac’s keyboard, press and hold down the Shift key and then click the last file in your folder.

Select multiple sequential files in Finder.

Finder will select all the files between the first and the last file (includes the first and last file, too).

Select Multiple Non-Adjacent Files

If your files are scattered across your folder, there’s still a way to select them all.

Start by opening the folder that has your files in Finder. In the Finder window, click the first file you want to select.

Select the first file in Finder.

On your Mac’s keyboard, press and hold down the Command key and then click another file that you want to select.

Hold down Command and click a file in Finder.

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Both your files are now selected. To select more files, just hold down the Command key and then click a file to add it to your selection.

Select Multiple Files With the Mouse or Trackpad

To only use your mouse or trackpad to select multiple files, use this drag method.

First, open your folder in Finder.

In the Finder window, click anywhere blank with your mouse or track and then drag across the files you want to select.

Drag with a mouse or trackpad to select multiple files in Finder.

And Finder will select all the files that you dragged over.

Select All Files in a Folder on Mac

To select all files in a folder, you can use either a menu bar option or a keyboard shortcut on your Mac.

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Either way, first, open your folder in Finder.

To use the keyboard shortcut to select all your files, press Command+A. If you’d like to use a menu bar option, then in Finder’s menu bar, click Edit > Select All.

Choose Edit > Select All in a Finder window.

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And Finder will select all the items in your current folder.

All files selected in a Finder window.

That’s all there is to making multiple file selections on Mac.

Now that you know how to select several files at once, you might want to check out how to copy and paste files on your Mac. That’s equally easy to do.

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