Move a File to iCloud from a Mac with OS X

Aug 28, 2012 - 4 Comments

Move a File to iCloud from Mac OS X

The newer versions of OS X let you move files directly into iCloud from your Mac, these files can then be opened on any other Mac or iOS device set up with the same iCloud account. This is extremely convenient if you want to quickly move a file around but don’t want to copy it manually or with a USB drive,, particularly when text documents that are lightweight and easily sent around through the cloud.


Not all apps support the feature yet, but here’s how to do it with the apps that are iCloud equipped. For this example we’ll use TextEdit, but you could use Pages, Preview, Numbers, etc.

How to Move Files Into iCloud the Easy Way from Mac OS X

  • Click the file name in the title bar to pull down the contextual submenu and choose “Move to iCloud”
  • Confirm the move from your hard drive into iCloud by clicking “Move Document”

Of course, some apps now choose iCloud as the default save location, a setting which can be changed back to local storage if you don’t like it. Whether or not that’s enabled though, you can still move current local documents to the cloud and the method above is the easiest way to do so. You can also pull down the “File” menu and select “Move To…” and choose iCloud as the destination, however.

Assuming you’re online it will be sent to iCloud immediately. You can verify the document is there by looking at the “Open” menu in apps that support iCloud storage, which will default to to showing you the iCloud file list of items compatible with that app.

iCloud document list

Once the file is in iCloud, you’ll be able to open it from anywhere else configured with the same iCloud account. Any changes made to the document will also reflect everywhere else you use the file, so you can make a quick change on the go with your iPad and it’ll be the same when you get home to your Mac.

Not all apps support the iCloud storage feature yet, but with how integrated iCloud is becoming to iOS and OS X you can bet the supported app list will only grow.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. joe says:

    Is there a way of saving a batch of document files (pages, numbers etc..) from mac to icloud without having to go into each individual document and re-saving? calso an you create file structures in iCloud as i would like to group documents by project for ease of reference. Thanks

  2. thongrim says:

    you can simply Drag and drop the Files from Finder to any of the icloud boxes that come when you open any icloud enabled application (I tried with keynote).

  3. GED says:

    Moving files to the cloud is good via Lion but 1 problem is you are unable to open textedit files and pdf’s on ipad / iphone. There is IOS apps for pages, numbers and keynote but not text edit and Preview. Maybe IOS 6 will solve this!

  4. Craig says:

    I learned today that you can also attach documents stored in iCloud to emails. Click the paper clip and you’ll see iCloud as a storage location.

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