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I wonder how I can move items/folders using keyboard instead of drag and drop. Like sometimes I'm opening a folder and there is an item in it which I want to move it to another location but I don't want to open another finder window and drag and drop. I'm using macOS Sierra

marked as duplicate by Monomeeth, owlswipe, Mateusz Szlosek, nohillside Feb 24 '17 at 8:17

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  • It would be helpful if you could add what version of macOS you're using? Different versions can use different/additional keyboard shortcuts. – Monomeeth Feb 24 '17 at 1:57
  • @Monomeeth I'm using Sierra and updated the question – Tak Feb 24 '17 at 1:59
  • @Monomeeth so apparently I need an external software to do that? – Tak Feb 24 '17 at 2:51
  • I can't speak from personal experience as it's not something I've ever needed to do via the keyboard. I was just flagging the other question in case it contained answers for you. Maybe someone else will come up with a different solution. – Monomeeth Feb 24 '17 at 3:25
  • @Monomeeth so what do you do to move items? Open two finder windows and drag and drop? – Tak Feb 24 '17 at 3:28

You can Cut, Copy or Paste using the keyboard - though as Finder has no actual Cut command, you move files in a slightly different way from how you would do it on Windows.

Copy is Cmd ⌘ C
Paste is Cmd ⌘ V
very similar to Windows, however, cutting a file leaves the potential for losing it, if for instance you forgot, or had a power cut, or copied something else before you remembered to paste, etc.

So Finder doesn't let you do that.
Instead it leaves the file exactly where it was until you make the actual call to move it.
You do that with Copy, as above, then Cmd ⌘ Opt ⌥ V .
Think of it as 'Option Paste'.

That will securely move the file to its new location. That can be on the same volume, or a different one. It will execute the move differently for each of those scenarios, but the end result is the same, your file is now safely in its new location.

Amongst the methods for picking where it will go...

  • Open two Finder windows, so you can see source & destination simultaneously.
  • Use column view, which you can navigate using just the arrow keys.
  • Use Tab view, so you can have two or more locations ready in a single window.

You can use "Cut" then "Paste"

  • Cut? I'm using macOS – Tak Feb 24 '17 at 1:27
  • Sorry, it's Copy and Paste – Mandy Feb 24 '17 at 1:35
  • But I don't want to copy, I want to move which is the equivalent to Cut in windows – Tak Feb 24 '17 at 1:36
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    Hi @Mandy welcome to Ask Different and thank you for posting your answer. However, your answer as it currently reads, doesn't actually address the OP's question. For example, they're after a solution using a keyboard and your answer doesn't clarify how they would do this? Perhaps you could take the time to revisit your response? – Monomeeth Feb 24 '17 at 1:56
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    @Tak Command+Option+V will move the item to wherever you want it to go. – saagarjha Feb 24 '17 at 4:18

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