Is it possible to select multiple files in LaunchBar? (For example, I may want to select two files in a folder and "drag" them to another folder.) How do I do that?

  • If this is possible it's pretty cool. I have a feeling it is not. I couldn't find a way to select multiple files from a LaunchBar file search. All key+select operations I tried just selected one file.
    – Ian C.
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 20:48

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An update for LaunchBar 6

Version 6.0 introduced a slick way of selecting multiple items. The LaunchBar folks call it the “Sixth Sense”. Selected items are held in a “staging area” and can be acted upon all at once using typical LaunchBar tools.

  • Typing Command-A will select all items in the search list.
  • Typing a Comma (“,”) will select the current item and allow you to move on to select more.
  • Pressing Shift will scrolling up or down with the arrow keys select continuously as you scroll
  • You can undo these actions by repeating them with a selected file. Hitting Escape clears the selections.

The selection then works with other actions: Press Tab to send them to another folder, etc.

There’s a discussion at the LaunchBar blog


I found a post on the Objective Development Forums that suggests a different approach:

  1. Select the file to move or copy (either in the Finder, or in LaunchBar).
  2. Copy it (⌘-C)
  3. Select another file (again, either in the Finder, or in LaunchBar).
  4. Use ClipMerge (Press ⌘-C twice.)
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 if you wish to select more than two files.
  6. Select the destination folder.
  7. Paste (⌘-V)

I was skeptical until I tried it. It works quite well.

  • Surprising. And awesome to know.
    – Ian C.
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 23:00

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