Selecting multiple files or folders in Windows has always been a simple task. To select a consecutive group of files or folders, we first select the first item, hold down the Shift key and then select the last item. To select non-consecutive files or folders, we hold down the Ctrl key and select the each item we wish to select.
And as all of you know, pressing Ctrl + A hotkey selects all items. But how to select multiple files on a tablet running Windows 8? Even though many tablets such as Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro ship with a physical keyboard, not every manufacturer includes physical keyboard.
So, how to select multiple files on a touch screen device running Windows 8 without using the keyboard and mouse? Simply follow the given below instructions to select multiple files.
Step 1: First, open up the folder or drive where you have your files/folders.
Step 2: Switch to Details view by clicking on the Details view button located in the lower-right of the window. You can also change the current view by clicking on View tab and then selecting Details.
Step 3: You should now see an item check box in the left of the column header (see the picture). If the item check box isn’t appearing, open the View tab and then enable the option named Item check boxes.
NOTE: The option “Use check boxes to select items” (under Folder Options) to show check boxes next to all files/folders is present on non-touch devices only. Windows doesn’t show the option on a touch screen device, or at least it’s not available on my tablet.
Step 4: Tap on the check box in the column header to select all files. To select non-consecutive files, first select all files by tapping on the check box and then deselect files that you don’t wish to select by tapping on the check boxes next to your files/folders. That’s it!
Do let us know if you know any other better methods to select multiple files on a touch screen.