From The Tips Box: Multiple File Selection, Shipping Weights

Multiple File Selection, Shipping Weights, and Olympic Medals

Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for selecting multiple files in Windows, figuring out shipping weights when sending packages, and seeing who won what Olympic medals.

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Select Multiple Files in Windows with this AutoHotKey Script

Multiple File Selection, Shipping Weights, and Olympic Medals

Ganapathy shares an AutoHotKey script for selecting multiple files in Windows:

You can select multiple files in Windows by holding down the CTRL key while you click them or by selecting file check boxes if you have that feature turned on. But if you'd rather do it just with your mouse, I've written this AutoHotKey script. Click your middle mouse button to "turn on" the CTRL key. Select the files you want with the left mouse button as usual, and then click the middle mouse button again to disengage the CTRL key.

#IfWinActive ahk_class CabinetWClass

MButton:: KeyWait MButton, U

Send {Ctrl down}

KeyWait MButton, D

Send {Ctrl up}

^WheelUp:: Send {Up}

^WheelDown:: Send {Down}

If you do want to turn on check boxes for files, open Windows Explorer. In Windows 8, select the View tab and select the Item check boxes check box. In Windows 7 (or Windows 8), select Organise > Folder Options > Use check boxes to select items.

Use Amazon to Find Shipping Weights for Sending Packages

Multiple File Selection, Shipping Weights, and Olympic Medals

Noah shares this tip for sending packages:

Pretty simple tip, but it's helped me. If you need to estimate the shipping weight of an item quickly without actually boxing it up and weighing it, look the item up on Amazon and look in the product details for the shipping weight. This might not be the most reliable method, but in three items I looked up (a wireless speaker, a board game, and a book) Amazon's shipping weight was spot on.

Scan Sochi Olympic Medals Wins with this Visualisation

Multiple File Selection, Shipping Weights, and Olympic Medals

Chris shares this site for quickly viewing wins for the Sochi Winter Olympics:

Yesterday I created a visualisation that maps Sochi Winter Olympic medals between countries and sports. Just run your mouse down the list of events to see what countries won medals or down the list of countries to see what they won medals in. It's a fun way to see who won what and I thought Lifehacker readers might enjoy it!


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