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Selecting a large number of files?

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  1. NineToTheSky

    NineToTheSky Well-Known Member
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    I am pretty sure that this isn't possible, but I would like to do what I can in Windows in an Android file manager.

    In Windows, if I want to select a large number of files, I can click on the first file, hold down shift, and select the last, which will select everything in between. Can I do anything like this in Android? (There are too many files to select individually.)
     

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  2. Digital Controller

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    I have Andro Zip File Manager and you just long press files then you can select multiple files at once and then choose to move them wherever you want.

    Hope this helps :)
     
  3. NineToTheSky

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    Do you mean that you long press each file individually, because that's my problem: I've got too many to do that.
     
  4. Digital Controller

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    No you long press the first file, then you just press additional files you want.
     
  5. NineToTheSky

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    I'm sorry: I'm obviously not making myself clear. I have too many files to mark them individually. I need to do something like you do in Windows; select the first and last files only, and all the files in between are automatically selected.
     
  6. Digital Controller

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    Oh oh alright...I really do not know if there is a file manager like that on Android.
     
  7. Crashdamage

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    The OP means doing the equivalent of mouse left-click + hold shift key. I've never seen this in any Android file manager either, but it would be a nice feature.
     
  8. Digital Controller

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    Yeah i completely agree it would be nice but i have tried like 4 or 5 file managers and have never seen this feature available.
     
  9. NineToTheSky

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    Yes, I have tried several file managers too. I think it would be difficult to implement. Perhaps it's one of the drawbacks of using a touch screen. I wonder if Windows 8 phone and tablets can do it.
     
  10. Wilkas

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    You can't do it on android but if you use myphoneexplorer on your phone and PC you could hook your phone up wirelessly to your pc and use your computer to access your files and move them, delete them etc.. you would be able to do it a lot quicker than one at a time.
     
  11. Crashdamage

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    I don't bother with MyPhoneExplorer. Why? You can only deal with files one device at a time. Tedious when you have several. I just keep most stuff in Dropbox. Then I can deal with files from anywhere, including my Linux box, and everything is like I want it on *all* our devices.

    I have 105GB on Dropbox and a full terabyte on Google Drive. I'm really starting to 'get' this cloud storage thing. Addictively handy.
     
  12. Wilkas

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    While it isn't suitable for everyone if you have one device it is great and will accomplish what the OP is wanting to do.
     

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