How to copy and move files and make shortcuts in the macOS Finder

  • 11 January 2022
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macOS doesn’t expose all these keyboard modifiers, and new and old users alike may not know or remember them

By Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor,  Macworld JAN 11, 2022 3:00 AM PST

Dragging files around the Finder was life-changing in the 1980s after decades of entering commands in a terminal or shell that required precise syntax. Decades later, some of us may have forgotten a few file-dragging basics—or never discovered them, whether we’re an old hand at the Mac or a newcomer. It’s a good time for a refresher on what happens when you drag files in the Finder. If you hold down modifier keys when you drag files, you can perform different functions.

 

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