Cut and paste files on a Mac computer

It sounds confusing, but if you are used to using Windows and then switch to a Mac computer, you will notice that the Finder “Cut” option is under the “Edit” menu. This cut button is for text only. In other words, you can not “cut” (move) files or folders with this option.

This is how macOS works, and it will be familiar to people who have just switched computers or operating systems. However, there is still a solution for cutting and pasting files in macOS via a key combination.

Cut or paste file via key combination in macOS

To move one or more keyboard shortcuts within macOS, first open Finder by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock.

Finder open mac

Then navigate to the folder containing the files you want to move. Now click on the file or files you want to move and press at the same time Command + C on your keyboard.

Copy file with finder

Then go to the location where you want to ‘paste’ your files and press the key combination Command + Option + V on your keyboard. The difference lies in the Option key that you have to hold down extra.

Finder will move the selected files from their original location and “paste” them into your current folder. Simple as that.

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