My son, Perceval, discovered a neat iTunes tip, and passed it on to me yesterday. It involves an interesting way to select multiple files, one that I had never come across. When I tried it in the Finder, I saw that it worked there as well. This may be new to Mountain Lion, or it may have been lurking in the background for a while. No matter what, this is certainly a surprising way to select multiple items. Here’s how it works.
- Click on one item.
- Press the Shift key, then click on a second item; this extends the selection from the first item to the second item.
- Now, press the Command key and click on another item, not contiguous to the first group.
- Then press the Shift key and click on another item, further down in the list, to extend the second selection. The screen show below shows what this looks like:
You’re probably familiar with the ability to Shift-click to extend a selection, and Command-click to make a non-contiguous selection. But the ability to combine both of these can be very useful when you want to select a number of items in a list. While I show an example above in iTunes, this also works in the Finder, in Numbers, and may work in other applications as well.