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Quickly Select Multiple Photos in the iPad Photo Library

If you’ve ever wanted to copy, email, or delete multiple photos from your iPad or other iOS device, you may have been frustrated by having to tap, tap, tap on each and every photo that you wanted to select. This becomes very tedious if you have more than just a handful of photos to select. Fortunately, here’s a neat little iPad tip that I spotted over at Mac OS X Hints these days. It’s a slick alternative way to select multiple photos in the iPad photo library, so you can delete, copy, or e-mail several photos.

The new method takes some getting used to, but is quite effective once you get the hang of it. Here’s how it works:

– Go into any album in your iPad photo library, and tap on the Share button at the top right of the screen

– Tap with two fingers held close together (I find index and middle easiest, your mileage may vary) and hold just for the briefest moment and then drag the two fingers across all the photos you want to select.

What you can’t do is separate your fingers wide enough to highlight two rows or columns at the same time. You can, however, serpentine your way down multiple rows without lifting your fingers, moving right across one row and left across the one below it and so on to select all of the photos on the screen. The photos stay selected when you lift your fingers, at which point you can share, copy, or delete them or page down to select more.

It took me a few tries to get this method working well, but once I did I found I like it a lot. Hope it’s helpful for some of you too.