Move files, not copy

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by snapdragonx, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. snapdragonx macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2012
    Does anyone know how to move files instead of copying them (within the same drive) in Mavericks?

    Dragging the files copies them. Holding command doesn't seem to work either.

    Any ideas?

  2. dastinger macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    I just tried it and it moves the files by default :confused:
  3. jhfenton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2012
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    On the same volume, move is default. Onto a different volume, copy is default.

    Command key while dragging changes copy to move.

    Option key while dragging changes move to copy.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    By "within the same drive," do you mean "between different partitions on the same drive"? Otherwise, dastinger is correct. Drag is a move operation. It was ever thus. Within a single partition, [option]-drag is a copy operation.
  5. ElectricSheep macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Wilmington, DE
    Bear in mind that you must also have write permission to the enclosing folder/directory of a file in order to move it from that location. If the directory is read-only to you, you can only copy from it.
  6. slrandall, Nov 11, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2013

    slrandall macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Copy/paste is ⌘-C, ⌘-V.

    Cut/paste is ⌘-C, ⌘-⌥-V.

    EDIT: For files.
  7. IanWilson macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Bristol, UK.
    Don't you mean that Cut/paste is ⌘-X?

  8. slrandall macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    No. As far as I know, that's not standard behavior and only works with something like Xtrafinder. Has that changed in Mavericks?
  9. garagethrash macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2010
    right click at the destination and hold option for the "paste item" to change to "move item here"
  10. Sital macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2012
    New England
    ⌘X is standard for cut and has been previous to Mavericks.
  11. Xe89 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009

    With files there is no Cut and paste, instead one must use copy and move which has the same effect, but without the risk of data loss.
  12. josh.b macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2013
    cut and copy are the same

    when you paste if you want it to move press: command option v
    when you paste if you want it to copy press: command v
  13. slrandall macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Right, which is what I meant. I know you can cut/paste text with ⌘-X, ⌘-V.
  14. mark00thomas macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2013
    Anyone know how to change/reverse the default drag and drop mouse function from the default of copy to move without using command or any other modifier keys (truly one handed)?

    I'm thinking that since I can count to 20 without taking off my shoe, I should be able move a file without touching my keyboard.
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    There's no way for you to alter the way OSX moves/copies files. Same volume it moves the file, different volume it copies the files.

    This is how windows works as well and you need to hold a key down in windows to alter the copy/move action as well.
  16. life036 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2007
    I'm sorry, but you guys are just flat-out wrong. Even in the SAME partition I'm getting this stupid "copy" behavior and I can't do anything about it.

    I'm logged in as admin, with read/write priviliges on the ENTIRE directory of one of the user folders. I'm trying to move files from WITHIN that user's folder (from HER desktop folder to HER documents folder), and all it wants to do is copy them. I shouldn't have to wait around for 80GBs worth of files to copy/paste when they should just be moved immediately.

    I swear, it's always 1 step forward 2 steps back with Apple. They have to break something in every damn release.
  17. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    move IS the default, and...something is up with what you're doing. so, not an apple issue... it's not broken in mavericks, but in YOUR experience. are you logged into HER account?
  18. life036 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2007
    It's not the default when you're working in another user's folder, as I explained above (even though I have full admin read/write permissions on that user folder).

    It's not a different partition, and I can duplicate this behavior on any other 10.9 machine. Yes, it is an Apple issue.
  19. Alrescha, Feb 5, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2014

    Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    Strictly speaking, it is about filesystems not partitions. And it works the way everyone has described it, and has for as long as I can remember.

    The reason it does not work for you is that you do not have all the permissions you think you do. I suggest that there is an ACL on the user's directory that denies delete, which means you cannot 'move' files, only copy them.

    You may not like the behavior, but it is (as they used to say 'working as designed'. :)

  20. life036 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2007
    No, I have delete capability in this user's folder. It's just bad design by Apple.
  21. Alrescha, Feb 5, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2014

    Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    So you can take any arbitrary file in this user's folder, drag it to the trash and delete it without authentication?

  22. life036 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2007
    Of course not. You can't even delete a file from your own desktop without getting prompted for a password in this ridiculous operating system.
  23. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    OK then, have a nice day.

  24. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    it's all of us, not you, of course... :cool:


    again, something's wrong with your experience, this is NOT the default...
  25. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Your doing it wrong

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