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    May 14, 2006
    This is probably really stupid. But is there a way to 'cut' files? I have no issue copying, but in order to 'move' a file, I've always opened two finder windows and dragged the file.

    If I select a file(s) and click 'edit' in the toolbar, 'cut' is not a possible options. Right clicking only gives me 'Copy'.

    There must be an easier way..

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    As said Here, just hold the command key while dragging and dropping the files.

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    Apr 29, 2006
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    If you are looking to cut n paste files within a single Finder window, a la CTL-X, CTL-V on Windows, this just isn't supported. Sometimes you can achieve a similar result by putting your Finder Window into list mode, and then dragging the file between folders that are also visible in the same window. This only works however when the destination folder is in near proximity to the source folder for the file. Other than that, it is two windows and drag.

    You may wish to look at a Finder replacement for File Manager, perhaps a good two pane file manager where you have direct "move" vs. "copy" commands. I know that there are several of them out there. Can anyone suggest their favorite?
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    May 14, 2006
    It's not like they've never thought about it though. 'Cut' is an option in the 'edit' menu, it's just never a possible option, is always blanked out.

    Looks like 'mv' in terminal is the easiest way :/

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    Dec 24, 2002
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    Here is the situation, drag and drop is a move (mv) operation when you are working on the same partition. When you are working woth two different partitions it, become a copy. I believe the reasoning for that is, if something happens during the operation, then you will not lose the original data. if something were to happen during a move operation, then your data would be corrupted.
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