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How to Cut & Paste Files in Mac Finder: A Simple Tutorial

Finder: Cut & Paste Files, Mac Tricks - Easy Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn a nifty Mac trick on how to cut and paste files in Finder 😊. Unlike other cut and paste operations, Finder on Mac has a slight twist. Let’s unravel this together 🎉.


Step 1: Select Your File

To begin, pick up the file you want to move. Click to select it 🖱️.


Step 2: Copy the File

With your file now selected, it’s time to move on to the next step. To copy your file, press the Command-C keys 👨‍💻. Don’t worry; it’s different than cutting!


Step 3: Navigate to Your Desired Location

Now, it’s time to choose where you want your file to end up. Navigate towards your desired location 🕹️. This could be any directory or folder in your Mac.


Step 4: Move the File

With your destination set, it’s time to move the file. To do this, press the Command-Option-V keys 🎹. This command will move your file to the new spot. Remember, if you press Command-V instead, you will create a copy of the file instead of moving it. 🔄.

Conclusion: 🏁

Now you know the trick. It’s a breeze to cut and paste files in Finder once you understand the steps involved. Happy organizing! 🥳


Mac Finder is the default file manager tool on macOS which allows users to access and manage their files, documents, and other data.

To cut a file or folder in Mac Finder, select the target file or folder, then choose ‘Edit’ from the Finder menu, and select ‘Cut’.

To paste a cut or copied file in Mac Finder, navigate to the location where you want to paste, choose ‘Edit’ from the Finder menu, and select ‘Paste’.

Yes, you can select multiple files or folders by holding down the ‘Command’ key while clicking on each item. Once selected, you can cut and paste them as a group.

Unfortunately, there’s no direct shortcut for ‘Cut’. However, you can copy with ‘Command+C’, move to the desired location, and then use ‘Command+Option+V’ to move the copied items.

Unlike on Windows, the cut function in Finder is not as straightforward. But you can achieve the same effect by copying the file first, then moving it to a new location using the ‘Move Items Here’ option.

Yes, you can undo a cut and paste operation by selecting ‘Edit’ from the Finder menu and then ‘Undo’. Or use the shortcut ‘Command+Z’.

Copying a file creates a duplicate in a new location while the original remains. Cutting (or moving) a file removes it from its original location and places it in a new location.

In Mac Finder, ‘Command+X’ does not function as a cut command as it does in other systems. It’s used for other purposes. To move a file, you first copy it with ‘Command+C’ and then use ‘Command+Option+V’ to move the file.

Yes, you can cut and paste files to an external storage device just like you would with any other folder on your Mac using Finder.

You can quickly select all items in a folder by clicking ‘Edit’ in the Finder menu and selecting ‘Select All’. Alternatively, you can use the ‘Command+A’ shortcut.

Yes, you can use keyboard shortcuts. After copying the files with ‘Command+C’, navigate to your new location and use ‘Command+Option+V’ to move the copied files.

Yes, using Finder and with your iPhone connected to your Mac, you can transfer files. But the process is a bit different, and you might need to use the ‘Sync files’ option or use Airdrop.

‘Move Items Here’ is an option you see after you’ve copied a file and navigated to where you want to paste it. It places the copied file in that location, effectively ‘moving’ it.

You can move a large number of files just like you would move a single file. Just select all the files you want to move, copy them, then paste them in the new location using the ‘Move Items Here’ option.

Yes, but the cut function works a bit differently on a Mac. You need to ‘Copy’ and then ‘Move’ the file, instead of the standard ‘Cut’ and ‘Paste’ seen in Windows.

Yes, dragging and dropping is another way to move files around in the Finder. Simply select the file and drag it to the new location.

In Mac Finder, ‘cutting’ a file is done by ‘copying’ it first. If you can’t paste, it’s possible that you haven’t copied the file. Copy the file and then use ‘Move Items Here’ or ‘Command+Option+V’ to paste it.

Yes, but you’ll need to have the correct permissions to do so. If both users have the necessary permissions, you can use Finder to cut and paste files between user accounts.

To cut and paste files to a network location, first connect to the network location. After this, the process is just like moving files around on your local machine – copy the files, then paste them using ‘Move Items Here’ in the network location.

You can’t rename a file while cutting and pasting. However, after pasting the file in its new location, you can select it and choose ‘Rename’ from the ‘File’ menu to change its name.

First, you need to unzip the file using ‘Open With’ in Finder and selecting ‘Archive Utility’. Once the zip file is unzipped, you can cut and paste files normally.

In general, no. Most applications have their own file management systems. However, you can use Finder to move files into the application’s designated folders or directories if those exist.

You can cut and paste any type of file in Finder. This includes documents, images, videos, applications, and more.

To see and move hidden files, use the shortcut ‘Command+Shift+Period’. This will make hidden files visible, allowing you to select them for cutting and pasting.

No, Quick Look only allows you to preview files, not cut or paste them. To move files, you need to close Quick Look and use the regular Finder interface.

Yes, but it’s quicker to use the ‘Move to Trash’ option after selecting the files. You can then empty the trash to delete the files completely.

In Finder, select the files you want to move, copy them, then navigate to the desktop using Finder’s sidebar or by closing Finder. From there, use ‘Command+Option+V’ to paste the files.

If you’re unable to cut and paste, check that you’ve actually copied the files correctly. If you’re trying to move files to a protected location, make sure you have the necessary permissions.

Yes, you can cut and paste folders in Finder in exactly the same way as you would cut and paste files.