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Selection Savvy

Monday, November 15th, 2004 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks, Windows Explorer

Ever need to make more than one choice in a list box? (A list box is basically an item by item list. You’ve probably seen them on web pages or in computer programs you’ve used. A lot of E-mail programs use a list box to display its list of messages.)

Here’s how:

1. Click the first item on the list you would like to have selected.
2. Next, while holding down the SHIFT key, click the last item you would like selected.


That’s it, the first and last selected items are now highlighted, as well as everything in between.

OK, so what if you just need specific items selected, not whole sections?

That’s easy too. Hold down the CTRL key while making your selections. As long as the CTRL key is down, you can click select individual items on in a list box.


Note: Not all list boxes support multiple selections. You can experiment with this technique using the list of e-mails in your inbox with a program like Mozilla Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook.

~ Steve

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