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I'm a newbie on the Mac world and I'd like to know if it's possible to cut a file using a shortcut (like Ctrl+X on Windows).

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On Lion you can move files after copying them with ⌥⌘V (Move Item Here). – user495470 May 6 '12 at 10:32

It is possible to cut-paste files/folders in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)’s Finder (so, since at least 2011), but the Mac OS X way is slightly different from the Windows way. This method works in other versions of Mac OS X as well.

  1. -C (copy first)
  2. --V (now move to it’s destination)

So, the steps are very similar to copy-paste, but holding (option key) moves the file/folder instead of copies it.

You can also have a look in the edit menu after copying a file - press while looking to see the difference: “paste” changes to “move item here.”

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Author, mark it as answer. – Altaveron Oct 8 '15 at 17:35

I like XtraFinder

It's an enhanced version of Finder. You get Cut & Paste and a bunch of other features.

And it's free.

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The method using ⌘-C and ⌘-⌥-V is by far the easiest and arguably the most efficient way to cut / paste files in the Finder if that's all you want.

If you're going for 3rd party extensions or applications and want an awesome Finder replacement, I'd suggest giving Pathfinder ( a try.

It's the most feature rich Finder replacement out there...

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**⌘-C ** doesn't cut, it copies – pun Oct 23 '15 at 15:39
Not when it is followed by ⌘-⌥-V. That's like the whole point. Then it moves e.g. cuts in practice. ⌘-V would do a copy -> paste. – cseder Oct 24 '15 at 19:40

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