How to Move Files in Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a new Mac user who is struggling to move files around on your computer? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of moving files in Mac. Whether it’s a document, a photo, or a video, you’ll soon become a pro at organizing your files on your Mac.

Using the Finder

The Finder is the default file manager on macOS and is the primary tool for navigating and managing files on your Mac. Here’s how you can use it to move files:

  1. Open Finder: To open Finder, click on the blue smiley face icon located in your Dock or press Command + Spacebar and type ‘Finder’ in Spotlight.
  2. Navigate to the file: Use the sidebar on the left-hand side or click through folders to find the file that you want to move.
  3. Select the file(s): Click once on the file to select it. To select multiple files, hold down the Command key while clicking on each file.
  4. Move the file(s): With the file(s) selected, drag and drop them to their new location within Finder. You can also use keyboard shortcuts like Command + C (copy) and Command + V (paste) if you want to keep a copy of the file in its original location.

Moving Files Between Folders

If you want to move a file from one folder to another within your Mac’s storage system, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open Finder and navigate to the folder where your desired file is currently located.
  2. Step 2: Select the file(s) you want to move by clicking on them.
  3. Step 3: Right-click on the selected file(s) and choose ‘Cut’ from the context menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + X.
  4. Step 4: Navigate to the destination folder where you want to move the file(s) to.
  5. Step 5: Right-click inside the destination folder and choose ‘Paste’ from the context menu. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + V.

Moving Files to External Drives

If you want to move files to an external drive, such as a USB flash drive or an external hard drive, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Connect your external drive:

    Plug in your external drive into one of your Mac’s available USB or Thunderbolt ports.

  2. Select and copy files:

    Open Finder and navigate to the files you want to move. Select them by clicking on them while holding down the Command key. Then, right-click on one of the selected files and choose ‘Copy’ from the context menu or use Command + C.

  3. Navigate to your external drive:

    Open a new Finder window and locate your external drive in the sidebar under ‘Devices’ or ‘Locations’.

  4. Paste files onto your external drive:

    Right-click inside the window of your external drive and select ‘Paste Item’ from the context menu or use Command + V.

And that’s it! You now know how to move files in Mac using the Finder, between folders, and to external drives.

With a few simple clicks or drags, you can keep your files organized and easily accessible on your Mac. Happy file moving!

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