Hmm.. how to move files without using the mouse?

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  1. generik macrumors 601

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    Ok.

    Traditionally on Windows what you'd do is select the files you want moved, click on the Edit menu, and then click "Cut", then paste it at the destination.

    However cut and paste doesn't seem to have the same effect in finder. Does MacOS use a more intuitive way? Because seriously I fail to see how it's done :eek:
     
  2. idea_hamster macrumors 65816

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    Mac OS is alot about using the mouse. Drag and drop is the main method of getting things where you want them.

    Of course, you could just keep a terminal window open and type a quick mv command into the command line. It's as good as anything. :)
     
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    No

    Mac OS X does not allow you to cut files. Annoying? Maybe, but it prevents you from accidentally cutting and then possibly copying from somewhere (or just mistyping) else, thus forever deleting your file.

    Bothersome to a select few, but a HUGE safeguard for a much larger population.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You can do it if you know the shortcuts in the Go + Edit menus for Finder.
     
  5. generik thread starter macrumors 601

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    The keyboard shortcuts don't work for file copies too, although there was once when I swore it actually worked.

    Jeez, it is extremely annoying, Windows is actually better than MacOS
     
  6. generik thread starter macrumors 601

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    I don't see what's the issue you raised really.

    What do you mean by "forever deleting your file"? It is way overhyped. Made a mistake in Windows Explorer? Ctrl-Z, instantly reversed.
     
  7. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I wish people would stop spouting this fallacy about windows cut-paste handling of files as something so terrible. It's not like if you cut something, then change your mind, hit esc, whatever, all of a sudden your files are gone. It just doesn't work that way. As someone else put it here, it's more like copy/paste/autodelete original. I actually like it that way. Keeps things clean.

    There are plenty of reasons why I use OS X over XP whenever possible, and I think it's a superior operating system. Therefore there's no need to hang on this strawman excuse of file-cutting to justify it.
     
  8. Applespider macrumors G4

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    You could use Quicksilver to move things around.

    Tell QS to look in your Documents folder (or wherever) then type in the name of the document tab and type move and then type the location you want it in.

    Not quite as neat as using Command C and Command V but it does work.
     
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Not really though, as windows doesn't move the files until you paste them.

    I agree this is one of the things windows is better at...

    EDIT, damn already said by gauchogolfer above :(
     
  10. wonga1127 macrumors 6502

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    What are you smoking? I don't even own a mac yet and I know that's not true
     
  11. generik thread starter macrumors 601

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    If you don't own a mac yet how do you know how lousy finder truly is? :rolleyes:

    For christ's sake you can't even preview a folder full of image files! You have to switch to column view and slowly preview them one by one...
     
  12. toneloco2881 macrumors 6502

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    Are you joking!? Really im not sure. In the Finder go to view>show view options then select "show icon preview".
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Yes you can. You have to enable icon previewing.

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    Secondly, yes you can copy without using your mouse in OS X. You just need to KNOW the shortcuts from the following menus.

    File Menu
    - Open New Finder Window
    - Open Folders

    Edit Menu
    - Copy Command
    - Paste Command

    Go Menu
    - Go to Desktop, Computer, User Home, etc.

    Additional
    - Arrow Keys for movement
    - Tab
    - Command + Delete to move the original to Trash
    - Shift + Command + Delete to delete the file from Trash
     
  14. milo macrumors 604

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    The safeguard is unnecessary if they handled it like windows. In windows, when you cut it greys the files but doesn't delete them. They don't disappear from the original location until you paste elsewhere. I think that's a smart implementation and wouldn't mind seeing it on the mac.

    It seems stupid that you can copy and paste files but can't cut them.

    Of course you can. Just use the icon view, you'll see thumbnails and can even set their size on a window by window basis. You don't need custom icons, the OS will create the thumbnails automatically.
     
  15. generik thread starter macrumors 601

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    Exactly, to this day I still wonder why they even have the "Cut" menu option in finder, it seems to be greyed out all the time! :mad:


    Wow I really learn something every day. And to think I was using CocoaThumbX to manually make thumbnails for all my photos and image files... :rolleyes:
     

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