Is there a short(-cut) way to move to the parent file while you drag files? So you can e.g. move them to the parent folder outside of the current folder.

Unfortunately CMD + Arrow Up doesn't work while dragging.

Otherwise what would be the best technique?

dragging a file

  • Have you tried command-left bracket? Of course that is the previous folder so as long as the previous folder is the parent folder it should go there.
    – ArchonOSX
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 17:05

2 Answers 2


There is no default short-cut to move an item one level up in the folder hierarchy.

But you can enable "Show Path Bar" with altcmdP, drag the item to the respective superior folder in the path bar and double-click the destination folder.

Alternatively you can create a service with Automator and an embedded AppleScript and finally assign a shortcut.

  1. You have the option to use the copy & paste method. Select the file and press CMD+C to copy it. Open or go to the Folder that you want to move the file. Press CMD+Option+V to move the file to the destination folder.

  2. Method as described by @klanomath with the "Show Path Bar". You can Drag and Drop the file directly to one of the destination folders shown in the Path Bar.

  • I've been using Mac for 7 years and TIL option+command+v is move, thanks!
    – Hot.PxL
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 0:04

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