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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste) System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintIn Finder there is no easy way to move files, similar to Windows cut and paste (Ctrl+X, Ctrl+V). I created a simple Automator Service, which does it for me.

To optimize it I created a macro in Keyboard Maestro.

When I select files or folders in Finder I call the macro and I can navigate to the target folder.

It's a pretty straightforward process:
  • Launch Automator and create a new Service.
  • The Service receives selected 'files or folders' in 'any application.'
  • Choose 'Get Selected Finder Items.'
  • Then choose 'Move Finder Items To: .'
  • Tick 'Show this action when the workflow runs' under Options.
In Keyboard Maestro create a macro which will Execute Automator Workflow.

[crarko adds: We've had similar hints before, using Quicksilver and moveAddict. This one uses another third-party application for the macro, but the Service works perfectly well by itself, too. I also found this old Tiger hint about enabling Cut in the Finder, but in 10.6.8 it will still only move the files/folders to the Trash.]
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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: Hansi on Jul 14, '11 08:00:58AM

Still works fine in 10.6:
defaults write com.apple.finder AllowCutForItems 1



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: jcooper11 on Jul 14, '11 12:20:56PM

That did not work for me.
Changed ~/Library/Preference/com.apple.finder.plist
Not the one in System/Library/LaunchAgents
Cuts a file, but nothing to paste.



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: philostein on Jul 14, '11 02:47:41PM

This worked, but I couldn't paste the cut file anywhere. In fact, it disappeared! I was able to undo in Finder to get it back.

Do I need to log out/in?



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: sandman619 on Jul 16, '11 07:55:07PM


The file is cut & is promptly dropped in the trash. When I went to paste, the error message that I received said that the file was no longer available or had been moved. Copy & paste does work

Cheers !



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: Lri on Jul 14, '11 08:16:30AM

I have these scripts assigned to ⌃X and ⌃V in FastScripts:

~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Finder/files cut.scpt:

try
	tell application "Finder" to move selection to POSIX file "/path/to/cut"
end try

~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Finder/files paste.scpt:

try
	tell application "Finder"
		move items of folder POSIX file "/path/to/cut" to (insertion location as alias)
	end tell
end try


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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: mr_kitty on Jul 14, '11 08:23:10AM

I hold down command (Apple) while dragging.



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: zoff on Jul 14, '11 01:31:36PM

Thanks. Didn't know that.



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: jantonc on Jul 14, '11 08:40:07AM

PathFinder does Cut/Paste - one of the nice features among many.



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: auco on Jul 14, '11 11:24:33AM

I don't know, but my Finder on Mac OS 10.6.8 can copy (cmd+C) and paste (cmd+V). Do I miss something :scratchhead:



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: nathanator11 on Jul 14, '11 11:53:58AM
Cut, not copy. Finder doesn't do that (at least not with files and folders).

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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: jcooper11 on Jul 14, '11 12:04:46PM

I use FinderPop for this. Control-click, navigate, then move or copy or alias or new folder.



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: canisbos on Jul 14, '11 12:56:34PM
I highly recommend TotalFinder for this. The $15 paid version lets you cut and paste files just like in Windows. The file even gets dimmed in the Finder on cut, just like in Windows.

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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: rusto on Jul 14, '11 04:50:25PM

+1 on TotalFinder



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: jazzbri on Jul 14, '11 05:18:43PM

+1 for TotalFinder. Cut/Paste is handy, plus having a tabbed Finder makes it a winner.



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: pjh625 on Jul 14, '11 03:04:31PM

Using Finder 10.6.8 I can "Move Selected Items" to wherever I "choose a Destination" - certainly works for files - perhaps not for folders.



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: Koki on Jul 15, '11 02:49:52AM

Totalfinder gives you cut with cmd + x.
(http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/)



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: metiure on Jul 15, '11 07:52:12AM

I just use Applescript and my Butler. The basic script is:

tell application "Finder"
set these_items to the selection
move these_items to "path/to/whatever/"
end tell



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: jcooper11 on Jul 15, '11 12:34:39PM

Not sure how/where pjh625 finds what he describes, but...
This page describes how to make a service that appears in the Finder contextual items to do this.
http://www.macworld.com/article/158686/2011/03/moveselecteditemsscript.html
Works well for me.
FinderPop still ~slightly~ superior, imho.



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: David Allen on Jul 15, '11 12:45:33PM

Why cut & paste? The Finder uses drag & drop.

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Dah•veed |David Allen|
Monterrey, NL, Mexico



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10.6: Move files or folders in Finder (Cut/Paste)
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 18, '11 12:33:37PM

Agreed. It's a misunderstanding of what the Finder is *for* that creates bloat "hints" like this. It's not meant to be a Windows Explorer/Program Loader/Start Menu replacement.

You can drag over a disk or folder icon and that destination will open -- keep navigating using the icon to push the destination icon open. When you drop the icon, the destination folders will close successively.



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