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Working with Icons

Mac OS X uses various icons to graphically represent different items on the desktop, in the Dock, or in a window. The icons represent applications, documents, folders, volumes, and the Trash. Application icons are programs you use to create documents. Document icons are files you create with applications. Folder icons are a storage area for files. Volume icons are storage devices, such as hard disks, removable disks, network disks, Internet computers, CDs, DVDs, and iPods. The Trash icon (located in the Dock) appears in three different ways: empty, full, and ejecting removable media. On the desktop or within a window, you can select and deselect one or more icons to perform tasks, such as opening, launching, copying, and moving. When you select an icon, the icon graphic and its name become highlighted. Within a Finder window, icons appear in different ways, depending on the window view you select.

Select Icons

  • Select an icon. Click the icon you want to select.

  • Select multiple icons by clicking. Click the first icon you want to select, hold down , and then click the other icons you want to select within the same window.

    TIMESAVER Click the first icon, press the Shift key, and then click the last one to select every icon in between.

  • Select multiple icons by dragging. Position the mouse pointer to the left of the first icon you want to select, drag diagonally across the adjacent icons you want to select, and then release the mouse button.

    A shaded box appears as you drag to indicate the selection area.

  • Select all icons. Click the Edit menu, and then click Select All.

    TIMESAVER Press +A to select all icons.



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