Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated May 6, 2019)
The Windows interface relies on a series of objects to represent either logical or physical items. For instance, there are objects that represent files, hardware devices, and other resources. The existence of an object within Windows is shown by an icon. This means that every icon you see in Windows represents an object, either logical or physical.
There may be times when you need to select an object. This is natural, because Windows requires that you select an object before you can act upon that object. Selecting a single object is easy—you simply point at it with the mouse pointer and then click on the left mouse button. The method that you use to select multiple objects may not be as evident, however.
There are two ways that you can select multiple objects. The first allows you to select all of the objects between a starting point and an ending point. For example, if you have a list of files shown on the screen, you can select a consecutive group of files by following these steps:
The second method of selecting multiple objects is to select a noncontiguous group. To do so, you can use the following steps:
Once you select the objects that you want to act upon, you can then specify the action. For instance, you may want to move a group of files to another drive or you may want to delete a group of icons on the desktop. Each of these actions is more efficient when you take the action only once on an entire group of objects, rather than repeating the steps to perform the action on individual objects.
This tip (10861) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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