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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: oblahdioblidaa on Aug 02, '10 07:47:56AM

You can also hold the Option key while dragging in the Finder to move rather than copy, in cases in which the Finder insists upon copying by default. Otherwise, the behaviour is, of course, that holding Option will copy files that would otherwise have been just moved.



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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: tedw on Aug 02, '10 08:16:17AM

Actually, if you want to move files across disks, you use command-drag to force a move rather than a copy. There is no way to force a move when you are copying across owners.



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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: BLAZE_MkIV on Aug 02, '10 08:54:41AM

Command drag worked for files but not folders. And changing the permissions had no effect.



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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: tedw on Aug 02, '10 11:21:51AM

Command-drag works for folders for me (10.6.4). What version are you on?



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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: Stormchild on Aug 02, '10 04:51:12PM

It's not like this is a recent feature. The option/command modifiers for explicitly copying or moving (respectively) have been around since at least System 7.



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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: tedw on Aug 02, '10 04:55:31PM

yeah, that happens to me all the time. just this morning I "discovered" that you could use Expose to flip through windows application by application by hitting the tab/shift-tab keys while in Expose mode (a feature introduced in 10.3, so I learned). I still thought it was exciting, though. :)



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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: Stormchild on Aug 02, '10 04:49:15PM

It's Command, not Option.

Holding Command tells the Finder to move instead of copy, when the latter is the default action (i.e. when moving from one volume to another).

Holding Option tells the Finder to copy instead of move (i.e. when moving something elsewhere on the same volume).



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