Friday, June 22, 2007

Late night learning

It’s midnight in office and some-one is playing the title track of ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’.

I am sitting with a graphic artist overseeing the design of a page we had to design a week back but had completely forgotten about it.

He goes to Windows Explorer and does something so nifty that I immediately decide to share this with the world.

He needs to copy all the files in a folder except for two. These two files are not arranged in a sequential order. So, ordinarily, I would press the Ctrl key and select the files I wanted or copy all the files and then delete the unwanted files. But this is what my colleague does: he selects the two files that he doesn’t want to copy, goes to the Edit menu, and selects the ‘Invert Selection’ function. Now, all the files except for the ones that don’t have to be copied are selected.

So, first we select and then we ‘invert’ the selection.

Sorry if I sound plebian but man, that is clever!

7 comments:

doubtinggaurav said...

Actually you can also accomplish this select all the files and then holding "Ctrl" key "unselect" the files you dont want :-)

White Magpie said...

Uh!! uh!!

Anonymous said...

select the file which you do not want to copy....press alt+ key e and then press i. (well thats short cut of edit-invert selection:P), but its cool.....

Jay Sun said...

Yes, it is clever...

Thanks for the tip :)

Nonentity said...

cool .. :) .. and helpful. thanks. :)

Baffling said...
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Baffling said...

Dear girl,

I'm sorry to burst your bubble but this ain't the best way to do it. Perhaps this sounds preachy, specially after the comments above, but I guess I'm gonna do it anywys.

Say you have to shift all the files in a folder except the two. And the folder contains a hidden file, which, ofcourse, you can not see. Press Ctrl+A and it'll ask you if you wanna choose that file too. Hold down Ctrl and deselect the other files you don' want. But if you invert the selection, it ain't gonna happen baby.

Sorry for the lesson and I don't ordinarily comment on blogs on whim. I guess this ain't no ordinary day (its really boring here) and perhaps this isn't just another blog.