Have you ever needed to select more than one item in the macOS Finder? It’s easy! There are several different ways to select files and folders: click and drag, shift-click, and command-click. They each work differently – here’s a description of each one.
Note: Don’t confuse the Finder with the Desktop. The Finder is the first thing that you see when your Mac finishes starting up. It opens automatically and stays open as you use other apps. It includes the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen and the Desktop below that. The Desktop is the space where you see file, folder, and application windows.
Click & Drag
Multiple files can be easily selected in macOS using Click+Drag. You click and continue to hold down the click while you drag within a window to draw a selection box and select more files.
Shift (⇧) + Click
You can also use Shift+Click to select groups of contiguous files in the Finder. Select the first file, hold down the Shift key, then click the last file. All files between those two will be selected.
Command (⌘) + Click
If you want to select files that aren’t directly grouped together, use Command+Click. Scroll through a Finder window and select items as you go by holding down the Command key when selecting (clicking) a new file.
You can also use Command+Click to remove or unselect files that have been selected. You can use Command+A to select all, or Shift+Click to select a large group of files, then use Command+Click to deselect the ones you don’t want to be included in the group.