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Windows 7: How do you select non consecutive files in a folder to copy and paste?

08 Jun 2016   #11
audiodrome

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Yes, press and hold down the Ctrl key, then select all the non-consecutive files you wish. Once selected you can then copy & paste or drag & drop them to wherever you wish.
You know it's funny because this is so simple and it works perfectly - thank you!

I had been doing it the other way around (select file and then hold CTRL key) because that's the way Windows tells you to do it. The problem is that when you select a file, hold the CTRL key and then select another file, the first file gets deselected. Maybe it's just me but I can't understand why Microsoft and nearly every other computer tech website I've seen proposes that method!


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08 Jun 2016   #12
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by audiodrome View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Yes, press and hold down the Ctrl key, then select all the non-consecutive files you wish. Once selected you can then copy & paste or drag & drop them to wherever you wish.
You know it's funny because this is so simple and it works perfectly - thank you!

I had been doing it the other way around (select file and then hold CTRL key) because that's the way Windows tells you to do it. The problem is that when you select a file, hold the CTRL key and then select another file, the first file gets deselected. Maybe it's just me but I can't understand why Microsoft and nearly every other computer tech website I've seen proposes that method!
It actually works the same either way regardless of whether you select a file first or press Ctrl first, then select files.
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10 Jun 2016   #13
cornemuse

Windows 7 Home Premium bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by audiodrome View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Yes, press and hold down the Ctrl key, then select all the non-consecutive files you wish. Once selected you can then copy & paste or drag & drop them to wherever you wish.
You know it's funny because this is so simple and it works perfectly - thank you!

I had been doing it the other way around (select file and then hold CTRL key) because that's the way Windows tells you to do it. The problem is that when you select a file, hold the CTRL key and then select another file, the first file gets deselected. Maybe it's just me but I can't understand why Microsoft and nearly every other computer tech website I've seen proposes that method!
, , , If Windows tells you to jump off a cliff, , ,

(sorry, couldnt resist, , ,)

-c-
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11 Jun 2016   #14
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

As you Can actually select a file then press Ctrl and Select a second and then subsequent files, then it could be said that the Microsoft instruction is correct, although it obviously leaves some margin for error as it does not work if you release the ctrl key and click
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11 Jun 2016   #15
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by audiodrome View Post
I had been doing it the other way around (select file and then hold CTRL key) because that's the way Windows tells you to do it. The problem is that when you select a file, hold the CTRL key and then select another file, the first file gets deselected. Maybe it's just me but I can't understand why Microsoft and nearly every other computer tech website I've seen proposes that method!
If using the MS method you find that quote "the first file gets deselected." then I would suspect that there is something wrong with your system. The first file does not get deselcted on any of the three PC's I have tested it on. Can others interested in this thread actually try "Select file, press and hold down Ctrl key , select another file and see if the first file stays selected."
I'm no great lover of MS but I think they are right here!
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11 Jun 2016   #16
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

One thing I learned about using the CRTL key when selecting multiple items is, if I move the mouse after clicking a file while still holding down the mouse bitton, it will make a copy of all the selected files in the same folder. I still use the CRTL key when making multiple selections; I just make sure I don't move the mouse until after I release the button.

I never knew about check boxes. It took me a minute to figure out how to get them but it looks like they could be handy. Thanks, you all, for mentioning them.
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11 Jun 2016   #17
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yea sorry should of added a screen shot which I did a minute ago
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11 Jun 2016   #18
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Yea sorry should of added a screen shot which I did a minute ago
No worries; I found it fairly quickly. I wound up disabling it after trying it out; it turned out to be a bit of a pain in my ample asset for me (that's not to say it wouldn't be useful for others).
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