Advertisement The Command (cmd) key steals the limelight on your Mac’s keyboard, but it’s the Option (or alt) key that is the real hero. It works behind the scenes, providing you with fast access to a variety of functions and actions — and you probably never realised.Here are 20 tasks you can take care of with the help of this one single key.Cut and Paste FilesOn OS X, moving files involves either copy-pasting them or dragging and dropping them into the right folders. Cut-pasting is not supported, or so it seems.To get a cut-paste function on your Mac, copy the file as usual with Cmd + C, but while pasting it, using Cmd + Option + V instead of Cmd + V. This moves the file instead of creating a duplicate.You can see how this works from the menu bar. After you copy a file, open the Edit menu and hold down Option. You’ll see that the Paste option changes to Move Item Here, which is equivalent to cut-paste.Delete Files Without Moving Them to Trash FirstWhen you delete files on OS X, they end up in the Trash folder by default. It’s a pain having to empty the trash to get rid of deleted files for… Read full this story
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