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I am 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). –  ؘؘؘؘ May 6 '12 at 10:32

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It is possible to cut-paste files/folders in OSX 10.7 Lion's Finder (so, since 2011), but the OSX way is slightly different from the Windows way.

  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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Of course, this also works on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. –  Joel Purra Feb 24 '14 at 15:50
Of course, this also works on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. –  Joel Purra Feb 24 '14 at 15:51
Of course, this also works on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite :3 –  none Oct 21 '14 at 6:11

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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