Select Multiple Files or Folders in Windows Explorer
As you work in Windows Explorer, often, you’ll want to select multiple files or folders at the same time. You can select multiple files or folders at random, or you can select multiple contiguous files or folders.
Suppose you want to select four files in Windows Explorer, but those files are not contiguous, that is, one right after another. To select these multiple files, follow these steps:
1Click to select the first file.
Point the mouse at the file’s icon and click once.
2Press and hold the Ctrl key.
Either Ctrl (Control) key works; press and hold it down.
3Click to select the next file.
By holding the Ctrl key, you can select as many files as you want. (If you don’t hold it down, clicking one file deselects anything that’s already selected.)
4Repeat Step 3 until you have selected all the files you want.
Keep going until your heart’s content — or until you run out of files to select.