Most, if not all of Mac file interactions occur in a specialized Finder application. Of course, the basic things like “select and copy/paste” know each user. But Apple OS offers many other convenient ways to work with files.

Take, for example, an operation such as selecting multiple files. In macOS, there are several ways to choose what you need and we will discuss this in this article.

Select a Single File

Everything is simple here (and like in Windows) – to select a specific document, folder, disk, or other type of file in the Finder, simply click on it with the mouse once.

Select All Files in the Window

To select all the files in one window, click on the window so that it is active, and then hold Command + A.

How to Select Multiple Files on Mac?

Select Separate Files

To select multiple files that are not nearby, hold down the Command key and click on each desired file, and then release the key.

How to Select Multiple Files on Mac?

Read more: How to Cut and Paste Files and Folders in macOS?

Select a Group of Files

To select files that are in a single list, do the following:

  • Click on the first file;
  • Hold down the Shift key and click on the last file in the list;
  • All files between them will automatically stand out.
How to Select Multiple Files on Mac?

Note: This method does not work if the files are displayed with icons rather than a list.


All methods above are supported by all versions of the Macintosh OS and work in any Finder display mode. Memorize these useful combinations to select multiple files in Finder, on the desktop and in other folders at once.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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