I copy and paste files in Finder all the time, but when I do I end up with both the original file and the copied file.

Is there another shortcut besides CMD-V that will just move the file instead?


Assuming I understand the question correctly, all you have to do is add the option key to your keyboard shortcut. So, within Finder, use:

  1. command+C to copy the file
  2. option+command+V to move the file
  • Doesn’t dragging without command move the file too?
    – 11684
    Dec 14 '18 at 16:57
  • @11684 Actually, you're right. I've edited that out so that my answer focuses specifically on the question scenario (i.e. about files that have been copied). Thanks! :)
    – Monomeeth
    Dec 14 '18 at 23:41
  • @11684 That is the behavior only if you're moving the file to another location on the same filesystem. If the destination is a different filesystem the default operation is a copy (which you can override with the appropriate modifier). Dec 15 '18 at 22:33

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