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Clearing a Selection with the Keyboard

In the Finder, if I select all the items in a list view, how can I de-select all the items and select only the top or bottom item? I can type a few letters, and the "clear" button near my number pad seems to work, but why don't the up and down arrow keys? This tactic works in apps like iTunes.

3 Responses to "Clearing a Selection with the Keyboard"

  1. This does work in column view, which I also consider a list. But I guess you mean in list view, in which I was also surprised to discover the up and down arrow has no effect.

  2. Frode Danielsen said on July 24, 2007:

    This does work in column view, which I also consider a list. But I guess you mean in list view, in which I was also surprised to discover the up and down arrow has no effect.

    You're right. I mostly use column view, too, which is why this is infuriating. I'm going to file a bug now. Different behavior in the same application can't be right.

  3. Just an idea, since I don't have Finder handy to test this at the moment, try pressing Escape to clear the selection and then Home/End to select the first/last item?


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