Selecting one file is easy. All that you have to do is to click on the file and it is selected. If you need to copy or move a number of files from one folder to another or have any other task that you need to perform on a number of files in the same folder then doing them one at a time is NOT the preferred way to do it.
Instead, it is better to select all of the files in the folder that you want to perform a given action with and then tell your computer to perform that action for all of the selected files.
Selecting more than one file is just about as easy as selecting only one file but its not quite as obvious how to do it. There are in fact a number of ways to select more than one file and which one that you use depends on how the files that you want to select are arranged within the folder.
If all of the files that you want to select are adjacent to one another then the easiest way to select them is to click on the first one to select it and then while holding down the shift key on your keyboard click on the last file to be selected. Because you held down the shift key, the previously selected file will not be unselected. Instead, all of the files in between the two selected files will be selected as well.
If the files that you want to select don't form a continuous list then you need to make a little more effort to select them all. After clicking on the first file to select it, hold down the Ctrl key while you click on each of the other files that you want to select. Because you are holding down the Ctrl key the previously selected files will not be unselected.
Finally, if you actually want to select all of the files in the folder you can hold down the Ctrl key and press the A key. In this instance, you don't need to use the mouse at all.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.