How to cut and paste on a Mac?

Windows users would probably know the hotkeys to cut and paste files or content. In Windows to cut and paste files one would use Ctrl-X  to cut and Ctrl-V to paste.  One would think that to you could use the same hotkeys for Mac but unfortunately that is not the case. There is a slight difference which I will explain below.

Let’s take an example-

I have a folder called Test1 that has one file called Test.

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And I have another folder called Test2 that is empty.

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Now, I want to cut and paste the file from Test1 to Test2. The End Result should be that Test1 is Empty and Test2 has one file called Test. How can we achieve this on a Mac?

In Mac apart from the Ctrl key, we have another key called Command. And in most of the cases Command is used over Ctrl. In this case we would be using Command rather than Ctrl.

According to the procedures, the first step is to copy the file using this hotkey

Command-C

So, we would go to the Test1 Folder and copy the file using the above command.

Then we would go to the destination folder and paste the file with this-

Option-Command-V

 

Now, the end result is a Cut and paste effect even though we used a copy statement at the beginning. So, finally you should see one file in the destination folder with the Origin folder being empty.

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