How to Cut/Copy/Paste Files and Folders in Spotlight [Mac]

When it comes to copying and pasting and cutting and pasting in Mac OS X, it’s relatively easy. While copy and paste commands are available via the right-click menu, cut and paste is a little trickier; you have to use a keyboard shortcut instead (Command + Option + V). Luckily the same rules apply when it comes to Spotlight. Here’s how it works.

1. Click on the Spotlight icon in the menu bar, or use the “Command + Spacebar” keyboard shortcut to display the Spotlight search bar.

2. Search for a file or folder and when you find one that you want to cut or paste, highlight the item by hovering your mouse over it.

Highlight an item in Spotlight and press Command + C to copy it.

3. Press “Command + C “to copy the item to your clipboard for pasting elsewhere.

4. Go to the app where you want to paste the item (ie. Finder or Mail) and press either option to paste the item: “Command + V” (to copy and paste – creates a copy of the item) or “Command + Option + V” (to cut and paste – completely moves the item).

This item was copied from Spotlight to Finder.

You should now see the file or folder in the new location. As you can see, copying/cutting and pasting directly is Spotlight is much like anywhere else on the Mac, which also helps to boost your productivity since you more than likely already use these shortcuts regularly.

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