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Items selection and deselection

Items selection and deselection

In this article, we’ll see how we can select and deselect items from the list in the Navigation Pane.

Introduction

To be able to execute operations like Copy, Copy To, Move, Delete, etc. FileVoyager has to know on which items an operation has to be done.
To identify the right items, FileVoyager checks their “Selected” state. If an item is selected, it will be included in the operation.
There are several ways to mark an item as being “Selected”, and different ways to deselect items.

The focused item

In the list of a Navigation Pane, there is always one, and only one, focused item.
When we left-click on an item, that item becomes the focused item. When we press the UP or DOWN arrow of the Keyboard, the focused item changes accordingly.

In the image below, we can see that “FileVoyager” (in the middle of the list) is the focused item. Its background color is different from the rest.

When there’s no item selected and an operation is triggered, that operation will be done on the focused item.

The selected items

There is always one, and only one, focused item. But we can have multiple selected items.
When we have more than one item that need to be involved in an operation, we should select them before.

In the image below, we can see that “FileVoyager” (in the middle of the list) is the focused item.
We also see that “libeay32.dll” and “ssleay32.dll” are marked with a checked box(*), and that their color is different. Those two are selected items.

(*) The check boxes indicating that an item is selected, are only available since FileVoyager 16.11.16

If an operation is triggered from the above state, only “libeay32.dll” and “ssleay32.dll” will be taken by the operation. The selected items have priority on the Focused item.

Note that an item can be selected as well as focused at the same time.

How to select and deselect items

With mouse only

  • The checkbox
    • To select:
      Since the release 16.11.26, when the mouse pointer hovers an item, and the item is not selected, a checkbox appears. The easiest way to select the item, in that case, is by ticking the checkbox with a left-click on it. An item with a checked box is a selected item.
    • To deselect:
      Since the release 16.11.26, when an item is selected, a checked box is visible next to the icon. The deselect the item, just uncheck the box
  • The marquee selection
    • To select:
      Since the release 16.11.26, we can draw a selection rectangle (called Marquee) over the items. Every item hit by the Marquee boundaries is set as selected.
      To draw a Marquee rectangle:

      • Left-click an empty space in the list and stay clicked.
      • Without releasing the mouse button, move the mouse cursor over the items to select. A rectangle will appear.
      • Hit with the rectangle the items to select.
      • To finish the selection, release the mouse buttonIn the image below, a Marquee begun beneath the list, and grew pulled by the mouse cursor, selecting the hit items.
    • To deselect:
      • The Marquee Rectangle cannot be used to deselect
  • The right-click-and-slide
    The constraint of the Marquee is that it can be initiated only outside the items boundaries, in the empty spaces of the list. Which makes it rarely realizable for small screen resolutions, or if FileVoyager is not maximized and the window size is modest.The right-click-and-slide feature has the same functionality but can be initiated from over an item. Another difference is that it will not draw a Marquee rectangle.

    • To select:
      • Right-click an unselected item and stay clicked.
      • Without releasing the mouse button, move the mouse cursor over the items to select.
      • Hit with the mouse cursor the items to select.
      • To finish the selection, release the mouse button.In the image below, a right-click has been made on “Filevoyager“, the mouse has moved down without releasing the button until “ssleay32.dll”. Then the mouse button was released. Every hovered items during the mouse move have been selected.
    • To deselect:
      • Right-click a selected item and stay clicked.
      • Without releasing the mouse button, move the mouse cursor over the items to select.
      • Hit with the mouse cursor the items to select.
      • To finish the selection, release the mouse button.

With keyboard only

Many users of file managers software do everything using the keyboard only.
Here are the keys and key combinations to select and deselect items using the keyboard:

Key(s) Description
Ctrl + A Selects all the items in the list.
Ctrl + Alt + A Deselects all the items in the list.
Ctrl + Shift + A Selects all the files in the list without changing the selection state of the folders.
Ctrl + I Inverts the selection state of all items in the list. Every selected items will be deselected, and in the same time, every deselected items will be selected.
Insert key On a deselected item:

  • It will select the item and will focus the next item, if there’s one.

On a selected item:

  • It will deselect the item and will focus the next item, if there’s one.
Space bar On a deselected item:

  • It will select the item and will focus the next item, if there’s one.

The particularity of the Space bar is that it’s also the trigger to compute a folder size content.

On a selected item:

  • It will deselect the item.

On a deselected item:

  • If the item is a file, the file is just selected.
  • If the item is a folder, it is selected and then FileVoyager computes the size of the folder’s content.
NUMPAD PLUS Opens the Filter dialog box. Given the parameters of the filter dialog box, every matching items will be selected.
NUMPAD MINUS Opens the Filter dialog box. Given the parameters of the filter dialog box, every matching items will be deselected.

With the mouse combined with the keyboard

When left-clicking on an item, the default behavior is to focus the item. But combined with some keyboard keys, the left-click allows to select items.
In the table below, we can see the behavior of a left-click combined with a key.

Key Description
Ctrl When a left-click is combined to a Ctrl key press, the clicked item is focused and selected.

This combination cannot be used to deselect items

Shift When a left-click is combined to a Shift key press, the clicked item is focused and all the item between the previously focused and the newly focused item are selected.

This combination cannot be used to deselect items

Items selection and deselection was last modified: November 26th, 2016 by FileVoyager (Author)

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