OS X Lion: How to Select Multiple Ranges of Files in Finder

Posted July 31, 2011 by Rob Rogers in Apple Mac

If you need to move or copy a large number of files from a folder to another location, selecting multiple ranges will save you lots of time compared to selecting each individual file.

1. Open Finder and navigate to the folder containing the desired files.

2. Select the first range of files by left-clicking the first file of the range and then hold down the Shift key and select the last file of this range.

3. Select the first file of the next range by holding down the Command key and left-clicking the file. Now you can use the Shift key to select the last file in the range as you did in step two. This can be repeated multiple times, allowing you to select multiple ranges of files within a folder so that you can easily copy or move them to a new location.


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  • Lee

    It used to be possible to select ranges purely by using the command key i.e., drag to select a range, and then holding down Command, drag to select another range. This was quicker than the method you’ve outlined, but no longer functions in list view. It still works in Finder’s icon and column views, but not in lists. Which is idiotic, but then so much of Lion is, I’m finding. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree, Lee, that the change doesn’t make much sense to me either. It may be a bug… overall, I love Lion, but there are a few changes that have left me scratching my head.

  • thanks to given this important information. About how to Select Multiple Ranges of Files in Finder.