How to Select a Group of Items on Your Android Tablet

By Dan Gookin

There will likely come a time when you need to select a group of items on your Android tablet. Unique to the tablet’s touchscreen is the manner in which a group of items is selected. On a computer, you drag the mouse over the items. On a touchscreen, you perform these steps:

  1. Long-press the first item, such as a photo thumbnail in an album.

    The item is selected, and it appears highlighted on the screen or grows a tiny check mark. Also, the Action Bar appears atop the screen. It lists icons such as Share and Delete, which manipulate the group of selected items.

  2. Tap additional items to select them.

    As long as the Action Bar appears, you tap to keep adding items to the mix. The Action Bar lists the total number of selected items.

  3. Do something with the group.

    Choose an icon from the Action Bar.

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An object-selection Action Bar.

To cancel the selection, tap the Cancel (X) icon on the Action Bar, which deselects all items.