How Select Files and Folders in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to select multiple files and folders when using Windows 11.

When working in Windows 11, there are some tips and tricks you might want to learn and know how to do right away. With a mouse, or a touch pad, selecting a file or folder may seem too easy and boring subject to write about. However, leaning these tips can help you with other tasks, like renaming, moving, deleting files and folders.

In Windows, to select a single file or folder, simply click on it or tab it on when using a touch screen. When you want to select multiple files and folder, hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard while you select each file or folder name.

While holding down the CTRL on your keyboard, each time you select a file or folder, it stays highlighted, and clicking next, and so forth. When done, all the selected files or folder should stay highlighted, read for the next action.

At this point, you can delete, move, copy and perform other basic tasks.

To select all files and folders, select the very top file or folder in the list, then hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard. While holding it down, select the very last file or folder. Doing this will also select everything in between.

You can also select all files and folder simply by pressing the CTRL + A key on your keyboard.

How to select all files and folders in Windows 11

We gave you some brief overview how how to select files, folders above. In Windows 11, the steps below will also come in handy.

To select all files and folders in Windows 11, use the toolbar. Click on the ellipsis (three dots) on the toolbar, then select Select all command on the context menu.

windows 11 select all files and folders

This will select all the content in the folder.

windows 11 select all from toolbar

You can then perform basic tasks like copying, moving, deleting and other commands.

While holding down the CTRL key, begin selecting each file and folder. Every item you select will highlight. When you’re done, all should be selected.

windows shfit select all

Or hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard, then select the very top and the very bottom. Everything in between will also be selected.

windows 11 shift select all

That should do it!


This post showed you how to select files and folders in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.


  1. this does not work. Holding down the shift key in windows 11 no longer selects multiple files.

  2. They must have left the move option off my Windows 11 File Explorer, oh on they left it off all Windows 11 File Explorer.

  3. This no longer works in Windows 11. Frustrating that the author of this article is still referencing previous Windows conventions.

  4. Ok, all – I figured it out. You have to disable the “view checkbox” feature in Folder Options. Then, the shift-select feature works to select multiple files. From your folder view, click the three dots on the right of the menu bar. Select Options>View. Find “Use Checkboxes to Select Items” and uncheck it. Now using the shift key to select multiple files/folders works as it used to.

    1. This did not work for me. It was already unchecked. Ctrl nor shift works to select multiple folders.

  5. Songman10 way to go….It worked by clicking on similar named options in items in View, you are a Genius.

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