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I have a few movie files I want to move to a flash drive. I don't want the file copied. Once they are moved to the flash drive, I don't want the original to remain on my hard drive.

If I do a simple drag and drop in Finder from one drive to another, it copies the files.

When I right click on the movie files I do not get an option to simply move.

I'm trying to move from _temp to _M.

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The menu I get when I right click looks like this:

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Hold down the Command key while dragging from the source location to the destination location.

Doing this will perform a move and not a copy.

If you rather prefer to use keyboard shortcuts, simply copy file(s)/folder(s) normally using the keyboard shortcut Command + c and perform a move operation using the keyboard shortcut Command + Option + v at the destination location. Skipping Option will perform a copy-paste.

Here's a quick list of tips for managing files in macOS.

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    cmd + C and then option + cmd + v also do the trick – Edd Growl May 8 at 19:16
  • Thanks @EddGrowl. Feel free to edit my answer to add that info! – fsb May 8 at 19:16
  • command - drag. Thank you. Surprised Apple does not provide a cheat sheet somewhere online. – Sun - FE May 8 at 19:28
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    Actually, they post many different user tutorials for how to use the system. Here's one of them on keyboard shortcuts. There's so many things you can do it will make your head spin! If this answer works for you, please be sure to accept it in order to help others. – fsb May 8 at 19:36

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