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Use copy and paste to move files and folders Desktop
You can use contextual menus to copy files in the Finder. Control-click on the file you want to copy, and from the pop-up menu, choose "Copy [filename]". Then, in the folder you'd like to copy the item to, control-click in some whitespace and choose "Paste item." The entire file will be copied. If you choose "Paste" in a text editor, only the name of the file will be pasted.

[Editor's note: This is truly a 'copy' operation; the original files are left untouched. If you are trying to move the files, then remember to delete the originals after you've verified that the 'paste' worked successfully.]
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Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 01, '01 02:46:10PM

arrgh. this is one of the most annoying UI violations that Windows makes. Copy/Paste should be used to copy/paste the the *text* of filenames. i've used this countless times when working with a large number of files [being able to copy the list of filenames into a text file is way cool].

this is lame.


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Best of both worlds
Authored by: robg on Oct 01, '01 04:16:56PM

Select all the files in a directory, then copy the selection. Open TextEdit, hit paste - bingo, a list of filenames. Paste into another location in the Finder, though, and you copy the actual files.

Seems like a nice compromise to me - having it work both ways.


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Re: Terrible!
Authored by: wristshot on Oct 01, '01 05:54:16PM


Like Robg said, if you paste into a text editor, you get the filenames only. Try it, it works!

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command-c & command-v
Authored by: Tygr on Oct 03, '01 02:17:09PM

If you haven't noticed, command-c and command-v also works for copying files and folders. As far as I can tell command-x works like command-c though.

This works for me in 10.1, maybe it was there in previous versions too? I never tried it so I can't tell...


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Move insted of copy
Authored by: semikoma on Oct 02, '02 08:09:56AM

Hold command just after you start dragging a file and it will be moved insted of copied.

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