How do you 'move' a file and not copy it?

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  1. Sirious macrumors 65816

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    Been using Mac for a few years now and sometimes I often want to transfer files from my Mac to my USB.

    I noticed that it actually copies the file into the USB rather than moving it - so I have to delete the original after (using drag and drop).

    Can this behaviour be changed? I just want a simple move-to-USB, like on Windows.
    I know that having a copy created is better, but just want to quickly get on my way without fiddling with the trash and what-not.

    Thanks
     
  2. dejo Moderator

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    Try holding the Command key while dragging. You'll know you're moving instead of copying because the green + will go away.
     
  3. Sirious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wow, I can't believe it was that simple!
    Thank you very much
     
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

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    There's also Copy (Edit -> Copy), followed by a Paste Special (Edit, hold down alt/option key, Paste becomes Paste Special).

    Google search terms: Finder paste special
     
  5. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

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    I have a similar kind of question. I want to copy files but keep all the metadata of the file(Date Created, Date modified) .

    how can I do this? alt+drag and drop will work? or copy and paste?
     
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I thought it was the Option key. Command-click = right click, n'est pas?
    Now I'm gonna hafta check it out at home...
     
  7. dejo Moderator

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    No, it's definitely the Command key. I checked before I posted just to be certain. As for right-click, that's control-click.
     
  8. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Option-drag does the opposite of what the OP wants. It forces a copy when moving a file on the same drive.

    For the record, you can also command-option drag to create an alias of the file you're dragging.
     
  9. SnowLeopard OSX macrumors 6502a

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    Click and drag the file where you want to move it while holding command. For me, it's control because I switched out the command and control functions.
     
  10. Dana Cline macrumors newbie

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    i press the Option key,,if the OP means like the window. The file still in original folder after dragging to other places. Control + click = right click.
     
  11. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    This is one of my gripes with the Finder.
    There is no "move" command for files or folders (as there is a "copy" command).

    I've found that sometimes the "command key" trick works, and sometimes it doesn't.

    Usually the only certain way to do it is to copy first, then to delete the old file/folder once you know the replacement is "in place".

    Or, use a "finder replacement" app that DOES have a "move" command.
    For this, I like "Pathfinder".
     
  12. chown33 macrumors 604

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    First, which OS version are you referring to?

    Second, try the following:
    1. In Finder, select several files.
    2. Press ⌘C.
    3. Open a folder on another drive.
    4. Click the Edit menu to show it.
    5. Observe the "Paste ..." menu item.
    6. Press the ALT/OPTION key.
    7. Does the "Paste ..." menu item change? To what?

    When I do the above on a 10.8 OS, the word "Paste" changes to "Move".
     
  13. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

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