Your Mac makes it very easy to select multiple files at once, so you can quickly copy, move, or delete items. We’ve covered all the different ways to select multiple files on your Mac below.

All of these methods can be applied to files, apps, or almost anything else in macOS.

Hold down Shift to select multiple adjacent files

If the files you want to select are in a sequence, it’s easy to select them. This method only works in List, Column, or Gallery view in Finder. In the Finder, go to the location of your files, and select either List, Column, or Gallery view from the View icon.

Now, select the first file in the sequence. On your keyboard, hold down the Shift key and click the last file in the sequence you want to select.

Hold down CMD to select multiple non-adjacent files

What if your files are not adjacent? nothing to worry about! You can use another method to select non-adjacent files on your Mac. Open the folder with all the files in Finder. Click on the first file you want to select. Now, hold Cmd on your keyboard, and click on all the files you want to select.

Holding down the Cmd key allows you to add multiple files to your selection. You can also use the same method to deselect any files that you may have accidentally added to the selection.

Click and drag to select multiple files

Another easy way to select multiple files on your Mac is to click and drag with your mouse or trackpad. It also works in icon view and is very helpful for selecting multiple items on your desktop.

To do this, simply click and hold on it by dragging the cursor to create a selection box that contains all the files you want to select. Release your mouse or trackpad to select attached files. If you accidentally select, or miss, certain files, you can hold down the Cmd key and click on those files to add or remove them from your selection.

Select all files in folder

If you want to select all the files in a folder, the easiest way is to use keyboard shortcuts to select them. Open the folder containing all the files and press Cmd + A on your keyboard. This will automatically select all existing files, allowing you to make changes as needed.

Easily select multiple files on your Mac

It’s that easy to select multiple files on your Mac. As you may have noticed, many of the methods are similar to their Windows counterparts, so they should be easy to remember and use, even if you’re new to macOS.

There are many files and folders on your Mac that are hidden from view. These include files necessary for your system to run, which are hidden to prevent accidental deletion or changes. But if you need to see those hidden files, to help with troubleshooting or for some other reason, we can help.

Here are the simplest ways to view hidden files on Mac. We’ll also show you how to re-hide hidden files and hide your files or folders to protect them from prying eyes.

How to View Hidden Files on Mac

There are a few quick and easy ways to show hidden files and folders on your Mac. Which one you should choose depends on what you are trying to achieve.

View Hidden Files With Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are the fastest way to view hidden files in a folder on your Mac. To use this method, you must be running macOS Sierra or later.

Simply press Cmd + Shift + Period (.) to show hidden files on your Mac.

Boom! You should immediately see all the hidden files in the folder and any subsequent folders you open. To hide once hidden files and folders again, just use the same keyboard shortcut.

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