Cut shortcut on mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Osarkon, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. Osarkon macrumors 68020

    Osarkon

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    Hi,

    i'm still trying to get used to mac, and although the usual copy and paste shortcuts are simple enough (apple key and c or v), the cut shortcut doesnt work . i've read it's supposed to be command (apple key) and x, basically like windows, but it never works for me:confused: how can i solve this?
     
  2. ghall macrumors 68040

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    It should be Command+X. I don't know whats up.
     
  3. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    Yes it is just as you have said, however Finder does not allow you to cut.
    This is to save you from cutting, forgetting about it, and then copying something else, losing that original file.
    It works on other apps though.

    ::20ROGERSC::
     
  4. Chundles macrumors G4

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    It's not available in Finder as a precaution against stuff-ups.

    Drag and drop is there instead.
     
  5. Osarkon thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Only thing that's annoying me is when I have items on the desktop that i want to put in a folder, i have to copy it, navigate to the folder i want to put it in, paste, then delete the original file. Is there any way of enabling command + X in finder, via folder actions or something ?:confused: I really have no idea, this is my first mac
     
  6. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    Just drag and drop it in the folder you want.
    Nothing then to delete, and you're navigating like you would when cutting/pasting anyway.

    ::20ROGERSC::
     
  7. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Just drag and drop them into the folder you're after. No copying or pasting, just drag and drop.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    No cut in finder is one thing I miss about Windows. Apple could easily protect against accidentaly deleting files....when you cut, the file isn't actually removed from its old location until you paste it somewhere else.
     
  9. Osarkon thread starter macrumors 68020

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    aha, cheers. think that's pretty much the only thing i'm missing since switching as well. I can learn to live with it :)
     
  10. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Drag and dropping becomes much more useful with spring-loaded folders... you can move stuff layers deep quite easily that way. Make sure that spring-loaded folders are enabled in Finder's preferences and then just hold the dragged item over any folder (e.g. home folder in sidebar) for a few seconds to start the process. The folder isn't copied to its location until you let go.
     
  11. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    Here's a way to make it quicker- when you are hovering over a folder with an item in hand, force the folder to spring open instantly by hitting the space bar. Speeds things up a bit.
     
  12. joaomario macrumors newbie

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    SOLUTION*****

    a shortcut to cut and paste on the Mac is:
    command+C to copy and then in destination alt+cmd+v to paste.
    the document will be moved to the new location, not duplicated.
    this applies to when dealing with files, when using word docs or internet cmd+x and cmd+v will cut and paste.
     
  13. ssshake macrumors newbie

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    ***** macs.. I'm a long time linux fan and a reluctant windows user. I got a macbook through work and I triple boot between the three os's. I only recently started using OSX as my full time OS and I gotta say for a developer's workstation it is such a much nicer OS than windows. The only thing thats driving me nuts is the goofy file and process management.

    Although I still like linux better, a lot of my development tools only work on windows and mac. So OSX gives me a nice desktop and a very competent command line. But what drives me nuts is some of this idiot proofing. I wish there was a switch you could flip to take it out of baby mode.

    I don't think ive ever used a file manager that didnt have the concept of cutting files. The "drag and drop" solution people keep saying I'm sure is great for the sort of people who would visually open up the source and destination and visually see the file move from one window to another. For the rest of us, we navigate our file system using one window, which is why cut/paste is a must. Nice to see that it can be done with this keyboard shortcut but I wish it was a little more intuitive.
     
  14. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    Install this if you want to learn all the app shortcuts:
    http://www.mediaatelier.com/CheatSheet/

    Awesome app....
     
  15. GeoFan49 macrumors member

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    This entire discussion about spring-loaded folders and the option+command-v trick is very revealing and a good refresher course on some nitty gritty Mac OS X stuff. +1 for all the helpful notes. Points clicked!
     

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