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    Easy Selection in File Explorer

     

    What

    Instructions to activate a checkbox in File Explorer for each folder and file for easier selection of that folder or file.

     

    Why

    Selection of a folder or file in File Explorer without opening that folder or file can be difficult for some users.  This difficulty increases when selecting multiple folders or files scattered on the File explorer page.  Using the checkboxes allow easy selection of individual folders or files or a checkbox to select all folders and files on that page.  This is especially useful with a large number of files in a folder where you want to selectively delete, move , or copy select files such as a download of photos from a camera/phone.

     

    How

    • Open File Explorer.
    • Press and release the following keys in this order: Alt, V, H, T. This key combination will toggle the items check boxes setting to on.
    • A check box will appear to the left or top of a listed folder or file when the pointer is held over that folder or file. The check box will be visible only when checked or the mouse pointer held over the folder/file on systems with a mouse, but the check box displays all the time when a touch pad is used.
    • Place the mouse pointer over the check box and left click to select the folder or file. You can randomly select and click to unselect folders or files.  No need to hold down any keyboard keys in making your selection.  For folders and files in the List or Details view there is a check box above the folders/files listed which if checked will select all folders/Files in that list.
    • After selection you can perform any function you normally would do.
    • If you decide you no longer want the check boxes, press Alt, V, H, T to toggle the check boxes off.

    HTH, Dana:))

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    • #2641576

      I just hold Ctrl to select or Shift for range selection.

      • #2641581

        Observation:

        File explorer also manages the desktop display, so when the “Item check boxes” is enabled with a “check mark” it also produces a check mark on any desktop icons that are highlighted.

        I have a ton of desktop icons across 4 screens (2 over 2 quad) and often move the highlight around over them using using keyboard arrow keys.  Having a check mark popup on every icon that gets highlighted is a distraction in my case.

        Like Alex5723 mentioned, from a file explorer window I use “shift” for range selection.

    • #2641606

      Thanks for this. I wish there was a way to enable this for certain folders only. It seems to be an all or nothing proposition.

    • #2641809

      I just hold Ctrl to select or Shift for range selection.

      and

      I have a ton of desktop icons across 4 screens (2 over 2 quad) and often move the highlight around over them using using keyboard arrow keys.  Having a check mark popup on every icon that gets highlighted is a distraction in my case. Like Alex5723 mentioned, from a file explorer window I use “shift” for range selection.

      I too mostly use mouse + Ctrl/Shift method. This is not an all one way situation. I use the check box for only specific functions mainly my pre handling of photos download from my phone. I use the extra large icon view with check boxes which allows me to select the duplicates and immediate delete photos from within File Explorer and not use an app. The extra large icon only allows about 9 photos per page. This selection from 100 to 200 photos covers many pages and makes the Ctrl + mouse very difficult to hold the Ctrl key down during all this selection. For me is is much easier to press 4 keys, cull and separate my photos, and press 4 keys again to put it back like it was. I do the same for the hidden files or showing file extension…
      Press Alt, V, H, then T (Tick like tick to place a check mark) for check boxes,
      or Alt, V, H, then F (File extension) to show file extensions
      or Alt, V, H, then H (Hidden) to show Hidden files
      I toggle these on and off all the time to suit my needs at the time, but always leave them all off when finished. Yes, I know the settings are available thru the Ribbon above, but I’m a big keyboard user.

      HTH, Dana:))

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