how to move a file like on Windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MareLuce, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. MareLuce macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2010
    How can I move a file like on Windows?

    i.e., what is the Ctrl-X and Ctrl-V for files


    answer'd via the third google hit...

    To move files in Finder first press Command+C to copy the selected files, then press Command+Option+V to move the copied files to the current folder.
  2. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    So how about drag and drop?
  3. MareLuce thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2010
    Is there an easy way to do drag and drop if I need to navigate from file's current location to a directory up 3 levels and down 4?
  4. mollyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2016
    Open two different finder windows, the source and the destination, and drag from one to the other.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005

    You can use the spring loaded folders feature to navigate around also. By dragging and hovering over the users folder on the left it will sort of start you back at the bottom and you can work up from there. If you are familiar with your folder layout it can be done fairly quickly.
  6. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    You can also show a 'path bar' at the bottom of the window, via the 'View' menu. You can drag to it as well.
  7. Kissmyne macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2015
    If you want the keyboard command to MOVE a file, Command + C to "copy", Command+Option + V to move. This will work the same way in function as the Ctrl + X and Ctrl +V combination that you would use in Windows.

    Edit-Noticed this has already been said. Sorry :)
  8. Gregg2, Dec 11, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2016

    Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'm too lazy...
    Pretty sure that didn't work on my older Mac OSes. So, is that only between two folders on the same disc? Is there another key combo if it's on an external/removable?
  9. Kissmyne macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2015
    No, I tested and made sure it works when moving to external disc and it does. Older versions of OS X(considerably older) used to accomplish this action in a different way.
  10. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    For the OP or those not opposed to paying for software PathFinder has this built in a Move to command you can have in your right click context menu works great use it all the time. Add in DefaultFolderX which extends the save dialog in OSX with favourite folders you can save to and you have winning combination if you are moving/saving to the same group of folders all the time.
  11. tuanbrands macrumors newbie


    Dec 15, 2016
    You can do it (Cut files) with Xtrafinder ( An Application from TranKyNam Dot Com)

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