"cut" command in Finder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ungar, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. ungar macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2006
    The "cut" command doesn't ever seem to be available in the Finder. (In the Edit menu it's always gray.) Why is that? Making the command available would make it easier to move objects, and besides, why does it exist as a menu item if it's never available?
  2. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    there are a couple threads on this already :)

    The consensus appears to be that it's a shame Mac OSX lacks cut-paste for files.

    For those keeping score at home:
    Windows: 1
    OSX: 9,000,000,000
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Not going into the whole cut'n'paste vs drag'n'drop debate again... browse around and you'll find that the latter is the Mac way, and you should try that (along with Exposé) instead of trying to do everything the Windows way, it will make your switching experience much better. :)

    As for why it exists - well, e.g. for cutting (and later pasting) file names and sorts:

    Attached Files:

  4. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    I can't answer the first question, but for this last question, it's because you can use it to cut text when editing the names of things in Finder.

    Edit: Mitthrawnuruodo is teh posting speed demonz.
  5. ungar thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2006
    Thanks for you quick replies. I don't prefer the ways of Windows in general, but in this case I would like to have a choice between drag-and-drop and cut- and-paste, if only because it would make it easier to move objects using a single window. (The spring load feature is great, but it doesn't always work for moving.) Anyway, it's no big deal.
  6. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    You should try out two Finder windows for organising and moving files. You may like it. It has become my favourite way of doing it since I switched to OS X. That and using the desktop as a temporary storage space.
  7. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Well, that's what I do as well, but I still don't like it. I guess this one of the few instances Windows is better implemented.

    If Apple believes cut'n paste of files is dangerous or non-intuitive, fine, but at least give the user the option through preferences or something. I hate it when Windows forces the user to use its prescribed ways of doing things without providing much flexibility, so when Mac OSX does the same thing, it is fair to chastise Apple for it as well.
  8. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2005
    I agree i mean how hard is it to implement, it should be that you had to make a automater script or 2 windows because it is just less effective
  9. mrjohncory macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2004
    A frosty case of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Jolt or . . . Sprite

    . . . to the first one who hacks Finder to enable this. Is that even possible?

    I was using an app that does a bunch of stuff Finder should do but I think there was not even the cut and paste a file option there.

    There's no reason we should settle for dragging and dropping everything we do!

    Speed is your mission, God be with you. :eek:

  10. VanNess macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2005
    A few simple preliminary steps in automator, and your prayers are answered
  11. mrjohncory macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2004
    uhhhh . . .

    OK, a few preliminary steps in automator and you can "move something directly to another folder" rather than cut it and paste it to another folder . . . and I like that, that we're understanding the matter of "moving, displacing rather than trashing" . . . but this automation requires 4 seconds to load and not only a horizontal-drop-click but the dread CONTROL RIGHT CLICK to bring up a LIMITED menu that I must click into YET AGAIN to get ANOTHER menu.

    I know, I know, the tiniest violin. :D

    Why do I feel like I'm complaining to the Amish that their buggies don't get the FM dial? Just admit your false idol OS has some SAD limitations! The argument that "some inexperienced users may not know how to properly wield the deadly sword of CUT AND PASTE" is so lame. Donald Rumsfeld could come up with better than that.

    Dragging and dropping into THE GRAVE. ;)
  12. diametric macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2006
    Uhm, OnyX let's you have a cut option in your drop down right click menu. Stop whinging.

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