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OS X doesn't allow me to cut files. Are there any applications to enable this?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

If you can pay some you can use Moveaddict:

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And also I found "this solution" but I didn't test it myself.

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Why buy something that you can do with the operating system? – wxs May 26 '12 at 3:26
@walker can you please tell how can we cut&paste file with keyboard short cut? – Am1rr3zA May 26 '12 at 7:00
If you're on Lion, @JoelPurra's answer works. – wxs May 26 '12 at 18:47
@walker when this question asked Casabash used Snow leopard dude – Am1rr3zA May 26 '12 at 22:06
Ah I didn't notice the date - my mistake. – wxs May 26 '12 at 23:12

It is possible to cut-paste files/folders in OSX 10.7 Lion's Finder (so, since 2011), but the OSX way is slightly different from the Windows way.

  1. -C (copy first)
  2. --V (now move to it's destination)

So, the steps are very similar to copy-paste, but holding (option key) moves the file/folder instead of copies it.

You can also have a look in the edit menu after copying a file - press while looking to see the difference: "paste" changes to "move item here".

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Of course, this also works on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. – Joel Purra Mar 13 '14 at 8:32
Of course, this also works on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. – Joel Purra Mar 13 '14 at 8:33

Path Finder supports cutting & pasting files, though I can't think of a case where I'd want to cut & paste that drag & drop wouldn't work.

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some people highly prefer the keyboard :P – Robert S Ciaccio Nov 10 '10 at 0:39

You can't cut files, but you can:

  1. Copy the existing file ⌘C

  2. Delete the existing file ⌘⌫

  3. Paste in the new location ⌘V

Given that anything you can do with keystrokes can be done by AppleScript, all you would have to do is combine the first two to give you the equivalent of Cut (although you might want to have the script pause a bit between the two…).

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I'm sorry, but this doesn't work, now that I actually tried it. What happens is you get this error message. You'd have to paste first and then delete, which is much clumsier. (I'd change my +1 to -1 as this is very misleading right now, but the platform has locked the vote. I can't even edit answers here yet, due to low rep.) – Jonik Nov 13 '10 at 12:56
Jonik - Well, drat. I tried 1-2 and 1-3, and they both worked fine, so I jumped to the conclusion that 1-2-3 would as well. Sounds like the way to go is to script the above in 1-3-2 order. – Dori Nov 14 '10 at 0:26
I don't think this is a sound way to go about cutting and pasting, whether it works consistently or not, as it leaves an error space where you may delete the file and not paste. @JoelPurra's works nicely - just like cut and paste on Windows, but with an extra key. – wxs May 25 '12 at 16:31

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