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).
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.
- ⌘-C (copy first)
- ⌘-⌥-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.”
I like XtraFinder
It's an enhanced version of Finder. You get Cut & Paste and a bunch of other features.
And it's free.
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 (http://www.cocoatech.com/pathfinder/) a try.
It's the most feature rich Finder replacement out there...
If you can't miss ⌘X in macOS, then choose ForkLift 3!
This alternative file manager is better than Mac's native 'finder'. In its Menu entry /Edit you can find the needed command to cut selected files, amongst other relevant shortcuts for file operations.
You can get ForkLift 2 it in the official App Store for free.