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Windows 7: Multiple file selection on desktop (act like icon and not like a list)

03 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Multiple file selection on desktop (act like icon and not like a list)

Hi there,
my problem is pretty simple, when i select a groupe of file with shift on my desktop,
the selection act like a folder with icon display setting (well it's what the desktop folder is i agree ). It select them from left to right and line to line.

But i want the old selection style back (xp), like a folder with list display setting, so i can select a column of files on the left of my screen without taking those that are on the top right with the selection.

Thanks for help.

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03 Aug 2011   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Tempo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use the check box feature to be able to randomly check the ones that you want to select.

Select Items with Check Boxes

Hope this helps,
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03 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

i'm mostly looking for a hack i just took a little screen to explain it better

Multiple file selection on desktop (act like icon and not like a list)-cap.jpg

When i shift click from "RAR 1" to "RAR 7" it also take the "TXT 3" "Folder 5/6" "DOCX 1" with it for example. And this is NOT what i want.

I want that it work like under Win XP again, because this is how i use my desktop... using it as the download folder and keeping some important files in corners.
And of course i don't wanna change the way i use it, the computer should adapt to the user needs and not the reverse

Is there a way to find the original behavior back again? I dunno... a registry hack, a deeply hidden .ini to edit... ?

Again, thanks for help.

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11 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It appears Win 7 Desktop selection is left to right, top to bottom.

Why not just click and drag if you want to select files adjacent to one another?

Multiple file selection on desktop (act like icon and not like a list)-screenshot00741.jpg

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 Multiple file selection on desktop (act like icon and not like a list)

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