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Displaying and Selecting Files

When you want to perform some file- or folder-related task, you start by selecting that file or folder. You can select a single file or multiple files. For instance, if you wanted to delete a group of files, you could select the ones to delete and then give the command to delete them.

For any task, the first step is to open the drive and folder where the file is stored. After you display the files you want to work with, you then select the file or files by doing any of the following:

  • To select a single file, click it.
  • To select several files next to each other, click the first file of the group that you want to select, and then hold down the Shift key and click the last file. The first and last files and all files in between are selected. Figure 3.7 shows multiple files selected.
    Figure 3.7

    Figure 3.7 Note that when several files are selected, Windows Vista displays the number of items selected and the approximate size of all the selected files in the Details pane.

  • To select several files that are not next to each other, hold down the Ctrl key and click each file you want to select.
  • To select all files, click the Organize menu and then click the Select All command. Or press Ctrl+A.
  • To deselect a file, click outside the file list.
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