How to Move Files on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Moving files on a Mac is a simple and essential task that can help you organize your documents, photos, and other files efficiently. Whether you want to rearrange files within a folder or move them to a different location on your Mac, this tutorial will guide you through the process. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Select the Files

To begin moving files on your Mac, you need to select the files you want to move. You can do this by clicking once on a file to select it or holding down the Command key while selecting multiple files.

Step 2: Cut or Copy the Files

Once you have selected the files, it’s time to cut or copy them. Cutting removes the files from their current location and prepares them for relocation, while copying creates a duplicate of the files in the new location while keeping the original intact.

To cut the selected files, use the shortcut Command + X. To copy them instead, use Command + C.

Step 3: Navigate to the Destination

The next step is to navigate to the destination where you want to move your files. You can do this by opening Finder and browsing through your folders until you reach the desired location.

Step 4: Paste the Files

Once you have reached your desired destination folder, it’s time to paste the files. To paste, use Command + V. The selected files will be moved or copied (depending on whether they were cut or copied) into this folder.


If there are existing files with conflicting names in the destination folder, macOS will prompt you with options such as replacing existing files or merging folders.

Step 5: Verify the Move

After pasting the files, it’s important to verify that the move was successful. Open the destination folder and check if the files are present in their new location.

Step 6: Delete the Original Files (Optional)

If you chose to cut the files instead of copying them, they will still exist in their original location. If you no longer need them there, you can delete them by selecting them and using Command + Delete.


When deleting files, be cautious as this action is irreversible. Make sure you have copies of any important files before deleting them.


In summary, moving files on a Mac involves selecting the desired files, cutting or copying them, navigating to the destination folder, and pasting the files. It’s a simple process that helps you keep your files organized and easily accessible.


  • Select multiple files using Command + click
  • Cut selected files using Command + X
  • Copy selected files using Command + C
  • Paste files using Command + V
  • Delete selected files using Command + Delete

I hope this tutorial has helped you understand how to move files on your Mac effectively. Happy organizing!

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