How to Cut on a Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user looking to learn how to cut on your device? You’ve come to the right place!

In this comprehensive tutorial, we will guide you through the process of cutting on a Mac using various methods. So, let’s get started!

Method 1: Cut using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts to perform actions quickly, you’ll love this method. Follow these steps:

  1. Select the file, text, or item you want to cut by clicking and dragging your mouse cursor over it.
  2. Press the Command key and hold it down.
  3. While holding down the Command key, press the X key.

You have now successfully cut the selected item on your Mac using keyboard shortcuts!

Method 2: Cut using the Edit Menu

If you prefer using menus instead of keyboard shortcuts, this method is for you. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select the file, text, or item you want to cut by clicking and dragging your mouse cursor over it.
  2. In the top menu bar of your Mac screen, click on the Edit menu.
  3. In the dropdown menu that appears, click on the Cut option.

The selected item has now been cut on your Mac using the Edit menu!

Troubleshooting Tips:

If the Cut Option is Grayed Out:

If you find that the “Cut” option in the Edit menu is grayed out and unavailable, it’s likely because the selected item cannot be cut. This can happen if the item is locked or if you don’t have the necessary permissions. Ensure that the item you want to cut is editable and try again.

If the Keyboard Shortcut Doesn’t Work:

If the keyboard shortcut for cutting doesn’t work, it might be because another program or application is using that particular shortcut. In such cases, try closing other programs or changing your keyboard shortcut preferences to resolve the issue.


Cutting on a Mac can be done effortlessly using either keyboard shortcuts or the Edit menu. By following our step-by-step guide, you can now cut files, text, and items with ease. Remember to troubleshoot any issues you may encounter, and happy cutting!

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