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Cut and Paste Files & Folders in Mac OS X

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/18

Boy, I wish I had found this far earlier:

  • in Windows Explorer this is called cut & paste:
    Ctrl+X & Ctrl+V
  • in Mac OS X Finder this is called copy & move items here:
    Command+C & Command+Option+V

Cut and Paste Files & Folders in Mac OS X

Mac OS X Lion and beyond now have the long awaited “Cut and Paste” feature added to the OS X desktop and Finder …

Cutting & Pasting Files and Folders in OS X is Easy

Select files in the Finder, then combine a series of keyboard shortcuts as so:

  1. Command+C copies the files or documents, note they won’t be ‘cut’ yet
  2. Command+Option+V pastes the documents into the new location, cutting it from the prior locating and moving it to the new location

If you just hit Command+V you will only move a copy of the files into the new location, as in a true copy and paste, rather than a cut and paste function. Notice holding down the Option key also changes the menu text to show “Move Items Here” to further signify the difference.

This is a feature many Windows converts have been wanting for a long time…

This works the same within OS X Mountain Lion as well, and will likely continue as a feature in the future versions of the OS X desktop as well.


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3 Responses to “Cut and Paste Files & Folders in Mac OS X”

  1. […] CRConrad on Cut and Paste Files & Fold… […]

  2. CRConrad said

    Those items are of course not quite corresponding. Cut in OSX is Command-X; copy in Windows is Control-C.

    Their presence in Windows is a straight copy from Apple, from OSX’ predecessor Mac OS. Back in Windows 3.X days, Windows only had the CUA standard Ctrl-Insert, Shift-Delete, and Shift-Insert keystrokes. (At least as late as Windows 7, these still work.)

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