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Select More Than One Item in Windows 8

Normally, you can select only one thing at a time in Windows 8. When you click another item, Windows deselects the first in order to select the second. When you want to select several things simultaneously, try these tricks:

  • To select more than one item, hold down the Ctrl key and click each item you want. Each item stays highlighted.

  • To select a bunch of adjacent items from a list box, click the first item you want. Then hold down Shift and click the last item you want. Windows 8 immediately highlights the first item, last item, and every item in between. Pretty sneaky, huh? (To weed out a few unwanted items from the middle, hold down Ctrl and click them; Windows unhighlights them, leaving the rest highlighted.)

  • Finally, when grabbing bunches of items, try using the “lasso” trick: Point at an area of the screen next to one item and, while holding down the mouse button, move the mouse until you’ve drawn a lasso around all the items. After you’ve highlighted the items you want, let go of the mouse button, and they remain highlighted.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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