How can I configure macOS' Finder in a way that I can move (not copy) files via drag & drop to another drive without pressing Cmd?

I'm transferring files to a network storage on a regular basis and pressing Cmd all the time is a bit tedious.


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This is not possible when using drag and drop between drives as of macOS 10.12.x Sierra.

There is also no known method to change this behavior.


Instead you may use these keyboard shortcuts:

  • CommandC to copy the items in Finder
  • CommandOptionV to move the items without copying.
  • So much better! I'm on my macbook and I was doing a contiguous dragged out selection of items in list view in a folder in finder, released the mouse, went back and held CMD and proceeded to click the selection to drag it to another folder. Instead CMD wound up just deselecting a few elements from the selection. Maybe I was off on something, completely frustrating.
    – jxramos
    Dec 6, 2019 at 16:22

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