How to Cut and Paste Files on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you new to using a Mac and wondering how to cut and paste files? Don’t worry, it’s a simple process that can be done in just a few steps. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of cutting and pasting files on your Mac using the Finder.

Step 1: Locate the File

First, open the Finder application by clicking on the smiling face icon located in your Dock. Once the Finder window opens, navigate to the location where your file is currently stored.

Step 2: Select the File

To cut a file, you need to select it first. To do this, simply click once on the file you want to cut. If you want to select multiple files, hold down the Command key while clicking on each file.


If you want to select a range of files, click on the first file in the range and then hold down the Shift key while clicking on the last file. This will select all files between the first and last file you clicked.

Step 3: Cut the File

Once you have selected your desired file(s), it’s time to cut them. To do this, right-click (or hold down Control and click) on one of the selected files.

From the context menu that appears, choose Cut. Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + X.

Step 4: Navigate to Destination Folder

Now that your file(s) is cut, navigate to the folder where you want to paste it. You can do this by simply clicking on the desired folder in the Finder window.

Step 5: Paste the File

Finally, it’s time to paste your file(s) into the new location. Right-click (or hold down Control and click) on an empty space within the destination folder.

From the context menu, choose Paste Item. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + V.


If you want to rename the file before pasting it, you can do so by right-clicking (or holding down Control and clicking) on the file and choosing Rename from the context menu.

Congratulations! You have successfully cut and pasted files on your Mac using Finder. This simple process allows you to easily organize your files and folders and move them to different locations within your Mac.

Note: Keep in mind that cutting a file removes it from its original location. If you want to make a copy of a file instead of moving it completely, consider using the copy-paste method instead.

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Now that you know how to cut and paste files on your Mac, you can easily rearrange and organize your files with just a few simple steps. Happy file management!

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