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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). –  Lri May 6 '12 at 10:32
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This is unfortunately not built-in to OS X. However, there's a utility called FileCutter (shareware, 5USD) that will add this functionality to the Finder. Here's a description from the developer's site:

FileCutter is a contextual menu plugin that improves on behavior already present in the Mac OS X Finder. In the last few versions of Mac OS X, Finder has provided the ability to copy and paste files (and folders) just like any other application does with its data. And it's very handy. But for reasons that only Apple knows, they've omitted two fairly obvious additions: The ability to cut files before pasting rather than merely copying them and the option of pasting an alias to the copied file rather than actually creating a duplicate file. FileCutter provides both of those functions.

Note that you'll have to access this functionality via the context menu -- Ctrl-X won't work. Even so, still a pretty handy tool.

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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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IMHO, this should be the recommended answer. –  Auron May 25 '12 at 14:27
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Of course, this also works on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. –  Joel Purra Feb 24 at 15:50
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Of course, this also works on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. –  Joel Purra Feb 24 at 15:51
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