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Use Quicksilver for Finder cut and paste Apps
For those of us who miss being able to cut and paste in the Finder, I just found a pretty functional way to do it through Quicksilver triggers. Here's how:
  1. Invoke Quicksilver (probably by pressing Control-Space)
  2. Press Command-, to open its preferences
  3. Go to Preferences » Application, and make sure 'Enable advanced features' is checked
  4. Go to Catalog » Quicksilver and make sure 'Proxy objects' is checked
  5. Go to Triggers and click the plus sign to add a new trigger and select Hotkey
  6. Start typing Current Selection, and when the item pops up, press Tab
  7. Start typing Move to... and then press Tab
  8. In the last box, press Command-X clear the field. It must be completely empty for this to work -- no text, nothing
  9. Click Save
  10. Click the 'i' at the bottom right of the screen to show the trigger options
  11. Under hot key, choose your preferred key command; I've chosen Shift-Command-X (see note below)
You're done! Select an item in the Finder, press your key command, then just start typing to move the selected file/folder to anywhere in your Quicksilver catalogue. Remember you can type '/' to access your computer and '~' to access your users folder from within Quicksilver.

Note: Quicksilver has a Scope function for the triggers which can limit the trigger to one app. In this case, the scope should be limited to the Finder. The Scope function, however, is broken under Leopard. If you're using an older version of OS X, you might be able to limit the trigger to the Finder and just use Command-X as the hotkey. Setting it to Command-X under Leopard, however, will break the Cut command in all apps.
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Authored by: Chas on Nov 18, '08 08:23:11AM

What are you talking about? You already CAN cut and paste in the Finder. It's a standard feature.

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Euh, I know I can't...
Authored by: morespace54 on Nov 18, '08 08:42:00AM

I know I can't "cut/paste" a file or a folder in Tiger. A filename, sure but not a whole file nor a folder.

Great tip btw.
I love QS and I just can't find enoughs time to play with it as much as I would like, so thanks!

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OK, my bad...
Authored by: morespace54 on Nov 18, '08 08:45:44AM

You can "copy/paste" (make a duplicate of the file or the folder) in the Finder but I can't "cut/paste" (move the file or the folder).

So I still say: Great tip!

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No, you can.
Authored by: Chas on Nov 18, '08 08:57:11AM

You have obviously never actually tried this. I just checked on my old 10.4 machine that I keep around to check older features. You can copy and paste files and folders just fine, it's a standard feature since at least 10.4, probably earlier.

Try this:

1. Go to any folder, click on a file icon to select it (DON'T select the filename)
2. Command-C
3. Navigate to any other folder
4. Command-V
5. Notice the file has been copied and pasted into the folder.
6. Apply palm to forehead vigorously in gobsmacked recognition of a standard MacOS X feature you never knew about.

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No. You are wrong.
Authored by: masonk on Nov 18, '08 09:02:30AM

I registered just to reply to your assinine comment.

No one is talking about copy-pasting here except you. We are talking about cut-pasting, aka the file move operation.

You think the OP of this hint went through all this trouble because he just didn't notice that it's already built in?


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No, you can't
Authored by: mathboynz on Nov 18, '08 11:18:15AM


He's talking about CUT & paste (not copy and paste). My guess is that you finally (wonder how many hours it took you...) figured out what he is on about and now are being quiet (which is what you should have done to start with).

"it is better to remain quiet than open your mouth and remove all doubt".

Can't stand copy and paste when I want to move a file as it requires you to copy to the destination and then return to the original location and manually delete the file. Hence a tip and shortcut like this is very needed.

Maybe next time you should actually take time to read the article properly.

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No, you can't
Authored by: mathboynz on Nov 18, '08 11:29:59AM


"it is better to remain quiet and be thought an idiot than open your mouth and remove all doubt"

There, that's better.

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No, you can.
Authored by: macgruder on Nov 19, '08 04:26:29AM

Chas is probably cutting and pasting himself down the toilet about now.

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No, you can.
Authored by: jwyner on Nov 19, '08 09:01:37AM

I think he's looking for the Command-X button for his post...

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."
-- Albert Einstein

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Use Quicksilver for Finder cut and paste
Authored by: shok on Nov 18, '08 10:26:22AM
Great hint! I use QS - Move to... all the time. And with this hotkey it's soo faster.
Instead of Current Selection, I prefer Finder Selection. This works also when the selection is inactive (eg switched application before moving my selection.
PS: Chas, if you don't get it don't post a comment.

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Use Quicksilver for Finder cut and paste
Authored by: dashard on Nov 19, '08 09:24:22AM

I think we might be on to something new in the lexicon. Like 'Borking' or the like. It would be something along the lines of 'Don't Chas here' or 'no Chas-ing' (perhaps 'Chazzing'?) or 'Please don't Chas this hint', etc.

Use it often and everywhere as a cautionary warning to your fellow readers that there might actually be nuance involved in a particular hint.

I think we're on to something. Chas shouldn't mind at all -- he seems looooong gone. ;-)

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Authored by: macgruder on Nov 19, '08 05:02:43AM
$5 but seems to work well:


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Use Quicksilver for Finder cut and paste
Authored by: dudemac on Nov 19, '08 01:01:47PM
Not a bad work around hint. But I have been using context menu's Quick access CM for a long time.... since Jaguar actually. They have all the functions you are looking for copy to: move to: make alias in: Plus you can set up default folders that show up every time you need to move something.

Here is the website.

hope this helps.


oh and its free

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Use Quicksilver for Finder cut and paste
Authored by: rammjet on Nov 20, '08 04:28:50AM
There is a hidden Finder preference to enable this. The utility MacPilot can set the preference: "Allow cutting files via the Edit menu"

Look at the 3rd Finder feature on this page:

I'm sure there is a "defaults write" command that can do the same thing. And there are probably other less expensive utilities that can do this as well. Maybe (I don't know) MacPilot will do this in Demo mode.

Also, when dragging a file, holding down the Command key will Move the file rather than copying it.

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