Cant figure out for the life of me, how to cut and paste

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bgbs, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. bgbs macrumors newbie

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    I need cut and paste to work on mac. cmd+x does not work. What is the option to make it work.
     
  2. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a

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    Hi light the text and hit command+C
    then to past hit command+V
     
  3. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I don't know why it si not working for you. The keys are the same as on windows, except <command> instead of <alt> (but same position on the keyboard).

    Cut: cmd-x
    Copy: cmd-c
    Paste: cmd-v
     
  4. jmann macrumors 604

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  5. bgbs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Command C copies it, but Cut doesnt work. Copying and pasting works but it creates clutter because you need to delete the from the first location, and so that causes extra cleanup steps.
     
  6. bgbs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes. and I use Leopard OS
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Command+X = Cut.
    Command+C = Copy.
    Command+V = Paste.

    It's exactly the same as a Windows machine; the action key is just Command instead of Control.
     
  8. arkitect macrumors 601

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    I presume you are trying to cut and paste files and folders and not text? ;)

    You cannot Cut files or folders…

    Only Copy and Paste.
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    mind you cut doesnt work in the finder for the most part.
    OS X is more Drag and Drop than Cut and Paste.
     
  10. atszyman macrumors 68020

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    I'm pretty sure that the original poster is trying to cut and paste in the Finder to move files/folders/whatever.

    This feature is not available in OSX. You can either do drag and drop (spring loaded folders and other options make this pretty easy or you can do the copy/delete method, or you can start getting into the command line and use the mv command.
     
  11. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Good point, I never thought about the OP trying cut in the Finder. This is one feature that I really wish that OS X did have, though.
     
  12. Sky Blue Guest

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    If you're moving files between volumes, hold down the command key to move files instead of copying them.
     
  13. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Option key, no?
     
  14. eleven2brett macrumors regular

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    What i really want in finder is the delete key.
     
  15. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    highlight something and then press command-delete?
     

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  16. atszyman macrumors 68020

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    If you're trying to delete files, command+delete works to move them to the trash.
     
  17. kolax macrumors G3

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    Option creates a copy where as CMD will move it.

    Although I just learnt a neat trick - OPTION+Clicking the desktop will hide all open windows. Cool!
     
  18. EricJD macrumors regular

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    Why can't you 'Cut' a folder in Finder? That's so dumb.
     
  19. Sky Blue Guest

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    no, command key.
     
  20. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I totally agree. Also, why can't OS X restore files in the Trash Can to their original locations without you manually having to do it? These things that were so handy in Windows are simply different in OS X.
     
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