Managing Files With Windows Explorer
Windows 98/ME/NT/2000 and Windows XP Home or Professional

When viewing files in Windows Explorer, there may be times when you want to select more than one file at a time to work with: For example; if there are multiple files in a folder, and you would like to delete several of them, you could click them and delete them one at a time, or you could use one of the methods below to delete several of them at once. Here are a few ways to select multiple files:

1. If all the files to be selected are next to each other, click the first one, then hold down the Shift key and click the last one. Those two files and every file in between will be selected.

If the files to be selected are scattered throughout the folder, you can click the first one, then hold down the CTRL key while you click the others one at a time (holding down the CTRL key until they are all selected).

2. To select all of the files in a folder, click the first one, then press CTRL-A on the keyboard, and they will all be selected.

3. If there are 20 files within a folder and you would like to delete 18 of them, it may be faster to use CTRL-Click and select the two that you do not want to delete and then go to Edit and choose the "Invert Selection" command. This will reverse the process and highlight the other 18 files. Once you have selected these files, any action you take will be applied to them as a group. For instance, if you press the DEL key, they will all be deleted. If you right-click them and choose Copy, they will all be copied, etc.

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