Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Use SHIFT to Select Multiple, Sequential Items in Lists

Earlier, I wrote about using the CTRL button to select multiple items in lists.

Now, it is time to explain a similar trick. You can use the SHIFT key on the keyboard to select sequential items in lists. It works like this:

  • Select the first item
  • Press and hold the SHIFT key on the keyboard
  • Select the last item, and all items in between will automatically be selected.

For example, let us say that you have come back to work after a long weekend. You open your e-mail account and you have received 25 spam e-mail messages and no work e-mail messages. You would NOT have to click on each item to delete them. Simply click on the first spam, press and hold the SHIFT key, then click and the last spam. The entire list is highlighted. You can then click the delete button and they are gone.

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