How to Extract Files From Multiple Folders

If you have downloaded a ZIP folder of submissions from Epicenter and expanded it, you will see it contains a parent folder with multiple subfolders (if multiple entities' files were downloaded). If you would prefer to put all the individual files into the single parent folder, follow the instructions below.

On Windows:

  1. First, make sure you have extracted the ZIP folder of Epicenter files and saved it onto your computer. Next, navigate to the folder that contains all of the subfolders. We’ll call this the “parent folder.” In the example below, the files are located in a folder on the user’s desktop.
  2. In the search bar located towards the top right corner, type an asterisk (*).
    - This should result in a list of every file and folder within your parent folder.

  3. Right-click anywhere in the list of files, and select Group by > Type
    - This sorts the list by Kind (to separate the folders from the files).

  4. Select all the files (or just the ones you want).

  5. Right-click the list again and this time select “Copy”
  6. Close the search by clicking the X in the upper-right corner.
    - This returns you to the parent folder.

  7. Navigate to the folder where you want the files to be located (if different from the parent folder).
  8. Right-click and select “Paste”
    - This pastes a copy of all the files into the selected folder.

  9. Delete the sub-folders of the parent folder (if you want to strictly have the files in the one location).

On Mac:

  1. Make sure that you have already extracted the contents of the ZIP file. In most browsers, there is an option to open a file you just downloaded. You can either use that or 1) navigate to your downloads folder and 2) double-click on the ZIP file. Either of these methods will extract all the files contained in the ZIP and put them into their own subfolder (3) within the downloads folder. We’ll call this the “parent folder.”
  2. In the search bar, type a space.

  3. 1) Make sure the search is looking only within the parent folder, then 2) click the + sign to modify the search.

  4. Filter by: [Name][Matches][“”] (two quotation marks, no space)

  5. Use the gear icon to sort the list by Kind

  6. Select only the files (not the folders)


  7. Click and drag the files into the parent folder using the breadcrumbs at the bottom. This will move the files from their locations to the parent folder.
    (If you would like to retain the files in their original locations while also having them all together in the parent folder, just copy them [⌘c] and paste them [⌘ v] into the parent folder)

  8. Click the X icon to close the search.

  9. All files should now be in the parent folder. You can now delete the subfolders.

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