With Microsoft Windows Murphy makes frequent use of the Invert Selection menu in Explorer. When you need to select a group of files by dragging the mouse, it’s often more convenient to select the files you don’t need selected, especially if there aren’t as many. From there you invert your selection and you have the desired files highlighted.
In Windows, you could just go to the Edit menu in Explorer (My Computer) and click on Invert Selection. On your Mac it’s not so obvious. In a Finder window you can select a group of files. If you actually want to select the files you didn’t highlight: Hold the Command key on the keyboard and drag around all the files. This will reverse the selection.
Windows doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut for Invert Selection. And as far as Murphy can see there isn’t one for Finder either. Many key combos were attempted but nothing did the trick. Maybe you can find the keyboard shortcut?
This trick works in all three Finder views. In List view you need to start with your mouse pointer positioned to the left of a file, not below the list.
The feature is documented in this Macworld article. They even made the screencast – so now Murphy can take the rest of the day off.Watch Now | Permalink