How to Select Multiple Files in Google Drive

Google Drive is the best cloud platform to safely store your files and folders. You can access any uploaded files by logging into your account on any device.

But sometimes, you need to move your files like photos or delete them from Google Drive; manually doing that one by one is a hard and time-consuming task. So, you need to know the process of doing that with just a few clicks on google drive.

You are at the right place if you want to learn that in easy steps. Here, I’ll guide you through the complete process of “how to select multiple files in google drive?”

How to Select Multiple Files in Google Drive

You’ll find four methods to select multiple files on google drive below; you can use any of them at your convenience.

I have explained all the methods with proper steps and explanations so that you can clearly understand the process.

Method 1. Using Shift Key

The best method to select particular files is using the Shift key. This process consists of some easy steps, but in case you’re not familiar with all of these, I have shared the steps below:

Step 1: First, log in to your Google Drive account in any browser on your computer.

Step 2: Locate the files or folder you want to select.

Step 3: Select one file or folder first.

Select Multiple Files in Google Drive with Shift Key

Step 4: Hold the Shift key and select other folders.

Method 2. Using Ctrl Key

It’s the same method as the first one, but for this, you need to press the ctrl key on your keyboard.

Step 1: Open your Google Drive account and go to your files’ location.

Step 2: Select one file first.

Step 3: Hold the ctrl key and keep selecting other files.

Select Multiple Files in Google Drive with ctrl Key

Note: Releasing the Shift/Ctrl key and clicking any files will deselect all the files.

Tip: You can use the Shift key while using the Ctrl key and vice-versa.

Method  3. Using Mouse Cursor

It would be best if you had a mouse for this method, or you can also use your laptop’s touchpad.

Step 1: Sign in to your Google Drive account where you want to select your files.

Step 2: Go to the folder’s location that you want to select or open any folder if you want to select files.

Step 3: Hold the left button on your mouse or touchpad and drag over your files or folders.

Select Multiple Files in Google Drive with mouse

Method 4. Select All Files at Once

This method will only work if you want to select all the folders or files in a particular location.

Step 1: Open Google Drive on any browser on your computer and sign in using your credentials.

Step 2: Open the folder where your files are located.

Step 3: Press Ctrl + A together to select all the files inside the folders.

selected files with ctrl + a

Whenever you will use Ctrl + A you will get a quick message that you have selected this number of files or folders. For example, 3 items selected.

items selected

Tip: After selecting all the files or folders, you can hold the Ctrl key and click on any particular folder to deselect that.

How to Select Multiple Files in Google Drive to Delete

You now know how to select multiple files on google drive, so deleting them becomes easier.

The following steps will assist you in accomplishing the task without difficulty.

Step 1: Select multiple files in your google drive using the methods mentioned above.

Step 2: Right-click on them.

multiple files delete from google drive

Step 3: A menu will open on your screen; select Remove from the list.

Step 4: This method will move the files to Trash, and to delete them permanently, go to Trash.

trash option on google drive

Step 5: Right-click on recently deleted files.

Step 6: Then click Delete forever.

delete forever files on google drive

Note: Google Drive will automatically delete the files from Trash after 30 days.

Related: You can learn how to recover deleted files by following the article in detail.

Can you select multiple folders in a Google Drive?

Yes, it’s simple. If you want to select multiple folders, hold down Shift and click on the folders you want to select. Also, you can use the Ctrl key to do the same work.

How do you select multiple files without Ctrl?

Instead of using Ctrl, you can use a shortcut key such as Shift to select multiple files. Also, multiple files or folders can be selected with mouse drag.

You can highlight a section by clicking and holding the left mouse button in the top-left corner. Lastly, drag the box to highlight the last folder or file.

How do I select multiple files in Google Drive on Android?

Firstly, you can select files by pressing and holding them, then a checkmark will appear next to them. Now, when you click on multiple files, check marks will appear next to all the selected files.


I believe you now know how to select multiple files on google drive easily as you have read the post till the end. I shared four authentic methods to do that, and it’s on you now which method you want to use.

This post also helped you delete multiple files in google drive, as the steps are also included here.

I hope you found the article helpful enough to clear all of your doubts. If you still face any issues doing that, you can let me know in the comments, and I assure you that I will reply with an answer shortly.

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