Monday, September 15, 2014

Can't 'Cut' Files on Mac? Here's How To Move Files Without Duplicating or Dragging

Mac OS X Tip:

If you're new to Mac computers from Windows - one of the problems you may run into is trying to move a file by using 'Cut' then 'Paste'. If you try this on a Mac you'll find that you can't 'Cut' files in Finder.

So there are a few ways to move files. You could open two Finder windows (or Tabs) one with the folder where the file you want to move is located, and the other with the folder you want to move the file into. Then drag and drop the file. Or you could 'Copy' the file, then 'Paste' it into the other folder, then go back and delete the original - but that doesn't make much sense because you're duplicating a file for no reason...

There is another way! And this way is more like the Windows way of 'cut and paste'.

To move a file into a different folder on a Mac without dragging the file around, try out this technique:

- Press the keys Command + C to copy the file you want to move.

- Go to the folder you want to move the file into.

- Now press Command + Option + V.

- The file will be pasted into the new directory and will be removed from the old, moving the file!

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