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

31 Jan 2014   #11

Windows 7 x32

LOL - I am very aware of that limitation. Thanks

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31 Jan 2014   #12

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

Sorry to have asked such a basic question but sometimes these things turn out to be as simple as that.
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11 Aug 2014   #13

windows 7 32 bit

And for me it was as simple as that. Been a computer nerd for 40 years but did not know you cannot select multiple files in the navigator pane... obviously I've still got lots to learn.
Thanks Al
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11 Aug 2014   #14

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

I think this method is actually easier !!! and you are less likely to make a mistake when selecting multiple (folders) but not a contiguous block - i.e selections throughout the entire list with gaps.

I can't check on W7 at the moment as I'm on a Windows 8.1 VM but W8 works (I think) the same.

there should be a little square box - just click the ones you want to process.

(Sorry in advance if this doesn't work on W7 - but AFAIK there haven't been any changes in Windows explorer in Windows 8 / 8.1 - other than it's now called File explorer !!). Ensure the item check box is clicked in Folder view.


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11 Aug 2014   #15

windows 7 32 bit

Thanks for this, yes its the same for w7. My problem was deleting lots of photographic folders which I had duplicates of or did not need any longer. I've never tried to do multiple deletes from the navigation panel previously, now I know why, so I was on a loser from the start. You'd have thought that in the last 40 years I would have tried this but no. I'm from a system programming mainframe background so these pesky little things should not cause me much of a problem..but hey you live and learn. Thanks again
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11 Aug 2014   #16

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines

zombiex1 Glad you found an interesting tweak on here. You should check out the 100's of tutorials to make life easier and get your system set up the way you want it not the way it arrived from the manufacturer. There is something for everyone.
Tutorials - Windows 7 Help Forums
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12 Aug 2014   #17

windows 7 32 bit

Thanks for this I'll have a read through.
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20 Nov 2014   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium

In the interest of others who have read this, as old as it is, a possible workaround would be to put the files you want to select in bulk into a single folder you select and open in the browser where you can select multiple files.

Worked for me! it's just an extra step that can be easily undone.
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22 Feb 2016   #19

Windows 7 Professional, x64-based PC

Millhouse123: Did you ever get this figured out? I believe I can help.
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