Cut rather than copy

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mac3687, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. mac3687 macrumors member

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    I'm new to the Mac (less than a week) and whenever I want to move a file from one place to another, I have to copy it and then erase the original. Is there a way to just "cut" it? The cut option is always grayed out, so I can't click it. Thanks in advance, -Mike
     
  2. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Your folders are spring-loaded. Just drag and drop.
     
  3. topgun072003 macrumors 6502

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    Get used to it...For EVERYTHING its drag and drop. You'll think that its too easy sometimes, but that's the windose thinking still in your brain.
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Yes spring loaded folders are a nice feature.
     
  5. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

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    yeah spring loaded is really nice, however cut is command x but does not work on folders.
     
  6. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    thats because spring loaded replaces it
     
  7. Nermal Moderator

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    It's a safety feature, if you forgot to paste then you'd lose your files.
     
  8. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

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    yeah, i know, many experiances with text...
     
  9. mojohojo macrumors regular

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    is there a way to enable the cut feature? its always grey (unclickable in edit menu)

    or else, using the drag way. how would i drag a file back out of a folder when in the tile view mode?

    example: my documents > favourites > file.jpg

    in the tile view mode, i drag file.jpg, how do i go back out of favourite's folder and put the file in the my documents? the back arrow does not work when dragging.
     
  10. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    and don't forget...

    Pressing the space bar when dragging something onto a folder will make it spring open instantly. Handy to know when drilling down into a few folders.


    @mojohojo

    Open a second finder window.
     
  11. bzollinger macrumors 6502a

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    So......Does anyone know how move a file from one drive to another?? Like a cut and paste? How can spring loaded files solve this? I read this thread but it doesn't make sense.

    Say you've got 40GB of files that consists of 8 DVDs, you want to move them from one drive to another. If you drag and drop them, when the copy finishes you'll have to go back and "move to trash" all the files you already copied. Which BWT takes way more time than just "moving the files".

    I love me Mac but sometimes OSX gets the best of me........:D
     
  12. Nermal Moderator

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    It won't be grey if you select some text.
     
  13. bloogersnigen macrumors regular

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    To copy (not move) a file onto the same drive, hold down option while dragging. to move (not copy) a file to a different drive hold down command while dragging.

    sweet
     
  14. bzollinger macrumors 6502a

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    I just consulted the Help and this is what it says:

    To move files to a different disk, hold down the Command key while you drag the icons.


    I guess I should have used help before.....:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     

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