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How to cut and paste files, merge folders
Authored by: ottonomy on Jul 05, '10 01:13:38AM
I've never understood the fierce resistance to this functionality from much of the Mac community. My computing experience has been largely Apple-centric since I first sat behind a mouse and keyboard. In my limited use of Windows through the years, the ability to move a file in this way is the only behavior I've wished would someday be imported to the Mac OS. It's not a single step that this saves. One either has to pre-navigate to both the from and to folders in separate windows on a Macintosh, or retrace one's steps to the source folder for deletion. The cut function (however poorly named it might be) allows one to select, cut, and then navigate to the destination directory with no mind to returning to, deleting in , and closing the source directory. The argument against this has always been, "what if you get distracted and forget to paste?" Windows answers this by not removing from the current location until the paste is executed. The subsequent argument to that is, "but that's inconsistent with the convention of 'Cut' in text applications!" True, but it is a safeguard which has no practical downside other than disturbing the purist's sense of semantics. So let's call it 'Move' instead of 'Cut', gain some functionality, and be done with the discussion... Which is part of the name of a little application I've been using for years, Move Items X. It operates from the Finder's contextual menu, so it doesn't really compete in purpose with the product suggested in this hint, but it does offer some additional functionality, such as creating aliases in other than the current directory. Now, with this new gem in my repertoire, I can do some of this from the keyboard and save myself heaps of time. Thank you!

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