Productivity Boost – Copy Files From One Tab To Another [OS X Tips]

Tabbed Finder

Copy and Paste has been around for a good long while, obviously, and drag and drop even longer. Moving files from one spot to another in the Finder is a fairly easy, well-rehearsed process that one wonders if we really need another way.

OS X Mavericks has introduced, however, yet another way to move files with the new tabbed Finder feature. It seems like a pretty cool way to move stuff from one folder to another without having to clutter up your Mac screen with a bunch of windows.

SO the best way to try this out is to open a Finder window (duh, right?). Once you do so, there are a couple of different ways to get another tab up and running. The first is simple: just hit Command-T on your keyboard and–just like in Safari–a new tab will show up within the same Finder window you’re using. Then click on that tab and navigate normally to whatever folder you want to copy files from or to.

The other way, if you want, is to Command-Click on any of your folders in the sidebar. When you do, the Finder will open a tab with that specific folder in it.

Now, to copy from one tab to another, you simply drag the file you want to copy from one Finder tab to the title bar of the other tab. The second tab will highlight with your system highlight color, and will spring open if you have that set in the Finder preferences. If you let go of the file you’re dragging quickly, it’ll just move to the new tab. If you wait till it springs open, you can let go of the click and the file will drop right into the new window.

You can even hold the Option key down while dragging to the new tab or create an Alias in the new tab by holding down the Command-Option keys. Slick!

I can see this coming in handy if I have to sort a bunch of files from my Downloads folder or Desktop to various other folders, say in Documents. Just open all the folders you want to sort TO in new tabs, and drag over from the Downloads folder into whatever final resting place you want the files.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, Creative Screenwriting, Shelf-Awareness, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef, and send him a cookie once in a while; he'll really appreciate it.

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