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elementary's file manager is selecting files like a rectangle. I have switched from windows to elementary OS. In Windows, with presing Shift and -> (Right) you can select line by line starting from the left when upper line is selected.

Like :

0,1,2,3,4,5,6
7,8,9,10,11,12

But elementary OS selecting is like this:

1 2 3 4 5 6
2 x x x x x
3 x x x x x
4 x x x x x
5 x x x x x
6 x x x x x

How can I select files like in Windows?

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You can hold control to select multiple files. (I believe this works in Windows as wel) You can also use shift to select consecutive files, though you have to click the little tick at the top of the files.

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