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how Activate Cut ( cmd X)

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saitenreisser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 28, 2012 3:55 PM

Hi, I`m new here and sorry for some Words they would not be correct.... ( German and not a Studies Business English )


I have a question about Lion and the Activity of " cmd+X ".

At first, I am switch from Win to Mac and I like the " other World ", but there is at the moment one very important Point for me, them I could not understand :

in the Windows Explorer I can mark any File or Folder to " cut " them complete and insert it to another Folder or somewhere .... but in the Finder there is the Button or/and the combination of cmd+x not activ - ( grey letters ), also the Submenu at right Mouse Button - there is not any Word of " Cut " a File.

Not one chance to cut a PDF or TXT, only Copy - it may be only to Move the File with the Mouse to another place ?

What does it ( Me ) wrong and how can I fix (activation) it ? Or does it simply only work by Photo editing ?

( o.K. - it will be for someone a silly question, but did he realy never had one, too ? )

best thanks for some help

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Cut at Finder
  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,335 points)
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:11 PM (in response to saitenreisser)

    Here is a comprehensive list of Apple keyboard shortcuts (in English) The list is not offered in German through the link, but maybe your can translate it online.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,450 points)
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:25 PM (in response to saitenreisser)

    There has never been a Cut command in the Mac OS. It also isn't necessary. Just drag and drop the marked items into their new folder. If they're on the same volume, they'll just move there. If the target folder is on a different volume (drive or partition), then hold down the Command key after you've begun dragging the items (the plus symbol will disappear to denote you're moving, not copying the items) to the new folder and they'll be moved there (copied and then deleted from the source).

  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:26 PM (in response to saitenreisser)

    Traditionally in Mac OS, the Cut command has been available only for things like moving text within an application, not for moving files and folders. For this you would normally drag-and-drop the item, or you could copy-paste the item and then manually delete the original.


    However there is a new feature in Lion which provides the same functionality as cut-and paste for moving files and folders, though it is not very intuitive and doesn't actually use the Cut (command-x) command. Instead:


    Highlight the item(s) to be moved, and type Command-C (or Edit>Copy) as if to copy it. Then navigate to the destination window, and rather than pressing command-V (or Edit>Paste) , instead press Option-command-V  (or hold down the option key when using the Edit menu.)  This changes "paste" into "move item here", i.e, the item will disappear from where it was copied! The result is equivalent to a "cut and paste" only safer - the source item is not removed until after it has been successfully moved elsewhere.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,450 points)
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:28 PM (in response to jsd2)

    Oops! You're right, jsd2. I had read that in the past, but had forgotten it. I'm so used to moving files with the Command key, I never even think about the method you mentioned. The original way is faster anyway.

  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:42 PM (in response to Kurt Lang)

    Yep, I also still use drag-and-drop most of the time.

  • rezamoad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 25, 2014 3:35 AM (in response to jsd2)

    Thanking you!

    too useful command


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