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Part VI: Appendices > Copying Files and Folders

Copying Files and Folders

Copying a file creates an exact duplicate of an original file. The new file contents and creation/modification dates are identical to those of the original. There are a number of ways to create a copy in Mac OS X:

  • Drag a file to a different disk— Dragging a file to a disk other than the one it is currently stored on creates a copy with the same name as the original.

  • Drag a file while holding down the Option key— If you drag a file to a folder on the same disk it is currently located in while holding down the Option key, a duplicate of that file is created in the new location. The copy has the same name as the original.

  • Choose Duplicate from the contextual or Finder menu— If you want to create an exact duplicate of a file within the same folder, highlight the file to copy, and then choose Duplicate from the Finder’s File menu (Command+D), or Ctrl-click the icon and choose Duplicate from the pop-up contextual menu. A new file is created with the word copy appended to the name.


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