You know the annoyance of trying to select multiple files with a pen (or touchscreen or other such interface), especially on a device with no option to “convert” and use a keyboard? Microsoft seems to have provided a solution in Vista, though it’s not on by default and not necessarily easy to find.
From GottaBeMobile.com (since, you know, I still use XP and haven’t even touched a Vista machine):
Here is how to turn on checkbox file selection:
- Go to Start, Computer
- Next, go to Organize, Folder and Search Options
- Then, Go to View, and scroll down to “Use checkboxes to select items” and check it.
- Click Ok
- Now, when you hover over a file name with your pen or mouse, a checkbox will appear that will let multi-select items much easier ( see image below ). For touch users, you “just have to know” that the checkboxes are on the upper left hand corner or beside the folder – another nuance of not having hover in touch. By touching in that empty area, the checkboxes will work. It just takes a little practice to figure out where they are.