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Windows 7: Can't Select mutiple folders in Windows Explorer


12 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 x32
 
 
Can't Select mutiple folders in Windows Explorer

So I transfered a bunch of files from my external hard drive to my primary drive and now I can't select multiple folders using the CTL or Shift keys. I need to move a bunch of files and don't want to do it one by one. I can select multiple individual documents or pictures just not folders.

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12 Nov 2013   #2

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Welcome millhouse123.

Have you rebooted since moving the files from your external drive? Can you select even one folder?
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12 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 x32
 
 

Yes I have rebooted and I can select 1 folder at a tme
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12 Nov 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

See whether this works.


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12 Nov 2013   #5

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Right click a couple of them,
Click on Properties,
General section see if there's a Unblock button on the bottom ?
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13 Nov 2013   #6

Windows 7 x32
 
 

WHS: The only place it added the check box was at the file level not the folder level.

ThrashZone: So such option was available.

I did notice that the files were marked as read only - and when I uncheck and apply each one and close and open they are back to read only. Not sure if that is relevant or not.
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13 Nov 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
WHS: The only place it added the check box was at the file level not the folder level.
That is strange indeed. I don't know what to say. On all my systems, folders have checkboxes.
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13 Nov 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
System File Checker

Have you tried running sfc?

Open the Command Prompt (Use the "Run as administrator" option in the context menu).
Type:
sfc /scannow
Tutorial
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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31 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 7 x32
 
 

I gave up on this but now i need to move a bunch of files around and I don't want to do it one by one. I did try running the sfc and it found no violations.

Any other ideas - I am on my knees begging at this point
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31 Jan 2014   #10

Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Win 8.1.1 (64-bit)
 
 

You do realize that you can only select multiple folders on the right-side of the Windows Explorer panel and not on the left-side which is referred to as the Navigator pane, right?
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