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Chapter 2. Managing Files and Folders > Copying and Moving Files and Folders

Copying and Moving Files and Folders

Sometimes you'll need to move a file from one folder to another, or copy a file from one folder to another, leaving the file in the first location and placing a copy of it in the second. You can move or copy a file or folder using a variety of methods. If the file or folder and the location where you want to move it are visible in a window or on the desktop, you can simply drag the item from one location to the other. Moving a file or folder on the same disk relocates it, whereas dragging it from one disk to another copies it so that it appears in both locations. When the destination folder or drive is not visible, you can use the Cut (to move), Copy, and Paste commands on the Edit menu to move or copy the items.

Copy or Move a File or Folder

Open the drive or folder containing the file or folder you want to copy or move.

Select the files or folders you want to copy.

Click the Edit menu, and then click Cut (to move) or Copy.

TIMESAVER Press +X to move or press +C to copy.

Navigate to the drive or folder containing the folder where you want to copy or move the items.

Click the Edit menu, and then click Paste.

TROUBLE? If you can't copy a file or folder, you may not have permission to make changes to the item. Click the File menu, and then click Get Info to change permissions.

TIMESAVER Press +V to paste.


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