How to move a file with Finder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dcaccount, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. dcaccount macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2013
    I have following "problem" that I have never been able to solve.

    I have a directory "download" with a file in "water bill " that I would like to move into the subdirectory "bills" of the directory "documents" which is at the same level as "download".

    In the right Finder panel, I am in the directory "download" and I left click the file "water bill " to move it. On the left Finder panel I have the directories "download" and "documents".

    Is there a way with the mouse to hold the file and to enter the subdirectory "bills" of the directory "documents" with just one step (without moving the files first into "documents" and then into "bills")?

    If I try to move the "water bill" file onto the directory "documents" on the Finder left panel, it does not open or show its subdirectory like "bills" as I would like.

    I hope I have been clear; can anyone advise how to proceed?

    Thanks a lot,
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    First, check System Preferences>Accessibility>Mouse & Trackpad to see if "Spring-loading delay" is checked.
  3. dcaccount thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2013
    it is checked and it is in the middle of there range but it does not works on the favorites that I have on the left Finder panel?

    Any idea?

  4. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    I'd rather forget Finder for file management purposes.
    You might want to try and make your life easier with Forklift, Commander One etc.
  5. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2015
    I'm not sure that I'm completely understanding; sometimes I confuse myself.
    Have you considered right-clicking "bills" and choosing "Open in New Tab"? Then you can drag "water bill" to the "bills" tab.

    Still an extra step, but a quick one.
  6. noisycats macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2010
    The 'ham. Alabama.
    Perhaps try it again. All of my left panel finder icons spring load open after a second or so, but I have noticed the spring open can be a bit temperamental. It always works, eventually, but I have near perfect results if I hold my cursor in the "center' of the name of the folder to be opened. If I'm too high or low, even though I'm within the folder's backlight, nothing will happen. Now, this does not open the folder and reveal subfolders directly below (ala Windows) but will reveal the subfolders (or sub contents) to the right.
  7. dcaccount thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2013
    Thanks for advising.

    True, I have been able to open the folder just once and never again. Can you better explain how to get it opened?
    Thanks, daniele
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Perhaps your Sidebar settings are corrupt. They can be reset.
    You have to find your account's Library folder. Hold Option down and click Go. Select Library, then open the Preferences folder.
    Find the file and delete it. Now Restart the computer.
    Does that make it better?
  9. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    If you can't get the folder working right you could also use keyboard shortcuts to move the file.

    Mac keyboard:

    Windows keyboard:
  10. noisycats macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2010
    The 'ham. Alabama.
    Drag your file to be moved into the open finder window and place the moving 'arrow' directly over the name of the folder you want opened. Then without lifting your finger, move to the right pane and place over the folder you want to enter, keep repeating this until you get to the level you want, then release. Hope this helps. As others have noted, cut and paste also works, and third party 'finders' make it much easier.

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