When I save files to the Desktop, it automatically stacks them in columns. Meaning, each added file is placed underneath the previous until it reaches the bottom. Then it wraps, and starts stacking files in a new column.
When selecting files using the keyboard, files get selected in rows. For example, if you have 5 columns of files, select (single-click) a file in the bottom of the last column, then on the keyboard press Shift+Up, it will highlight not just the file above, but the entire row beneath it.
Since files get added in columns, I expected the selection to follow the columns, meaning Shift+Up in the previous scenario would only add the above file to the selection. I can’t imagine why the current way would make sense. I feel like this is bad design.
Is this bad design, or is there a UX principle behind this decision?
Is there somewhere else this behavior can be seen?
(I checked MacOS (Catalina), and using Shift and arrows keys just selects individual files in the direction of the arrow keys you press; it doesn’t attempt to select rows nor columns.)