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 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 or the recently released Windows 10? Even though many tablets such as Microsoft Surface ship with a physical keyboard, not every manufacturer includes a physical keyboard.
So, how to select multiple files on a touch screen device running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 without using the keyboard and mouse?
Easily select multiple files on touch devices on Windows 10/8.1
Simply follow the given below instructions to select multiple files on Windows 1o Windows 8.1.
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 the View tab and then selecting Details.
Step 3: You should now see an item checkbox on the left of the column header (see the picture). If the item checkbox isn’t appearing, open the View tab and then enable the option named Item checkboxes.
NOTE: The option “Use checkboxes to select items” (under Folder Options) to show checkboxes next to all files/folders is present on non-touch devices only. Windows operating system 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 checkbox in the column header to select all files. To select non-consecutive files, first, select all files by tapping on the checkbox and then deselect files that you don’t wish to select by tapping on the checkboxes next to your files/folders. As simple as that!
Do let us know if you know any other better methods to select multiple files on a touch screen.