Cut and Paste Files & Folders in Mac OS X
Mac OS X Lion and beyond now have the long awaited “Cut and Paste” feature added to the OS X desktop and Finder, allowing users to truly cut and move the selected documents or folders to a new location, rather than just making a copy of them. In this sense, the cut & paste ability behaves much like the Windows explorer, and it represents a fast and efficient way to move files from one location to another location, without using the standard drag & drop approach that has been standard on the Mac since the origins of the OS.
Cutting & Pasting Files and Folders in OS X is Easy
Select files in the Finder, then combine a series of keyboard shortcuts as so:
- Command+C copies the files or documents, note they won’t be ‘cut’ yet
- Command+Option+V pastes the documents into the new location, cutting it from the prior locating and moving it to the new location
If you just hit Command+V you will only move a copy of the files into the new location, as in a true copy and paste, rather than a cut and paste function. Notice holding down the Option key also changes the menu text to show “Move Items Here” to further signify the difference.
This is a feature many Windows converts have been wanting for a long time. Prior to this, users would drag and drop items into their new locations to move them, or use the command line mv tool. Those methods still work too though, obviously, but the cut and paste methodology is a very welcome addition.
This works the same within OS X Mountain Lion as well, and will likely continue as a feature in the future versions of the OS X desktop as well.