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Enable 'cut items' in the Finder Desktop
I don't know how far back this goes, but while researching a feature request this weekend, I found an amusing pref in the Finder on Mac OS X 10.4.6. Open Terminal and type:
defaults write com.apple.finder AllowCutForItems 1
and then restart Finder. When files or folders are selected in Finder, the Cut command will be active in the Edit menu, and present in the context menu.

Unfortunately, all it does today is a move-to-trash, and there's no ability to paste and have the file retrieved and put in the active Finder window or selected folder. So I don't know if this is a feature half-done, a feature dead-ended, or just a redundant command disabled because it would confuse people.

I kind of hope it's half-done and will be available in 10.5. The move-to-trash as an interim step appeals to me, because while the superficial user experience is consistent with any other cut operation, it's less inherently destructive.

[robg adds: I tested it and it works (half works?) as described. If you want to disable it again, just repeat the above command but replace the 1 with a 0. This will leave the value in your Finder's preferences, but it will be disabled. If that bothers you for some reason, you can delete it entirely by typing defaults delete com.apple.finder AllowCutForItems. If someone can test this on 10.3, please comment -- I don't have a bootable 10.3 partition at the moment.]
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Enable 'cut items' in the Finder
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Jun 27, '06 07:48:54AM

It does indeed work in 10.3

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Enable 'cut items' in the Finder
Authored by: Brutal on Jun 27, '06 08:55:00AM

so.. It's really just another delete-command?



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It's easy to do it yourself
Authored by: yozh on Jun 27, '06 10:24:42AM

It's pretty much easy to implement this feature yourself. Using "On My Command" or by writing several lines of your code.



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It's easy to do it yourself
Authored by: olsen on Jun 27, '06 02:21:26PM

Holy cow! "On my command" is a bloody useful piece of software! Didn't know it before. Thanks for mentioning!

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It's easy to do it yourself
Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 28, '06 12:25:33AM

Where the heck is it? My web searches turn up anything but a download for On My Command...

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It's easy to do it yourself
Authored by: aegisdesign on Jun 28, '06 02:39:08AM
Enable 'cut items' in the Finder
Authored by: mark hunte on Jun 27, '06 12:27:29PM

Part of the problem, I think is the paste feature will not work on anything that
is put into the Trash, and the cut option here does not copy.


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Enable 'cut items' in the Finder
Authored by: aegisdesign on Jun 28, '06 02:46:33AM

This is one of those things I actually do miss from Windows as dragging can be less accurate or as quick as using keys. On Windows, instead of using trash as a temporary location it just grays out the icons. If you don't paste them somewhere else they eventually return to normal. I think that's better than placing them in trash as you're less likely to lose the files mid cut/paste.

Since they've not bothered with implementing the other half of cut from as far back as 10.3 at least it doesn't bode well for them eventually doing this in 10.5.



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Enable 'cut items' in the Finder
Authored by: donquichote on Jun 28, '06 05:06:46AM

The move-to-trash-version of the 'cut'-command is really useless. On the "On my command"-pages you can find two commands: 'cut item(s)' and 'paste item(s)'. That makes this hint a real hint...



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Enable 'cut items' in the Finder
Authored by: GlowingApple on Jun 28, '06 04:43:00PM
Also take a look at http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?t=9419. There are some interesting ideas here about how to "enable" a cut files feature in Finder.

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Enable 'cut items' in the Finder
Authored by: zane on Jul 01, '06 04:57:40AM

Very few seem to remember it, but this a remnant feature from 10.0. Back then, you *could* actually cut and paste files, Windows-style, from Finder window to Finder window.

I believe the functionality was lost in 10.1, and IIRC, there was an odd quirk with the behavior wherein cut files/folders wouldn't actually move, but instead copied, or something like that.



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The best part of this hint is that it also unlocks "Cut" while editing filenames
Authored by: VRic on Dec 08, '07 10:46:48AM

At some time in the past, the Finder started blocking "Cut" not only for items (files, folders…), but also for text selections in items names, which I found infuriating. I don't remember when that happened, I know it was so in 10.4.x.

This caused countless failed "Cmd-X" shortcuts, followed by "Cmd-C" + Delete + swear words.

So what I liked most about this hint is that it finally restored "Cut" while editing filenames: text editing in item names now works like it should and like it does everywhere else.

To me, this is of much more frequent use than cutting files/folders. Actually, I almost never copy files that way, because it's inconsistent with every other "Copy" command: in any other application, copy/cut stores the current selection and later pastes what was copied no matter what happened to the original, whereas "copy file" (or cut) actually pastes whatever happens to be there at the time you paste, NOT when you "copied" it.

(sorry for the late comment: I just re-discovered this hint while setting up another Mac)



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Enable 'cut items' in the Finder
Authored by: ernandes13 on Sep 24, '08 04:50:43PM
Simple
Go to System Preferences;
KeyBoard & Mouse;
KeyBoard Shotcut;
In this windows press + on left botton;
All Applications
Menu Title:Cut
KeyBoard Shortcut:command+X
OK
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