Move images and files from downloads folder to selected file without copying the file


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I am trying to clean up my downloads folder. I would like to move files from downloads to named files on my desktop. All of the tutorials I have read allow me to copy the files in download, but not move the file so that the end goal: downloads folder is empty. HELP?!!
 
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Hmm...it does for me. From any Finder folder to another.


I tried several different ones. You are talking about just the command key and you don't let go until the document/image is in the folder? It is not working for me. If it helps, I am on a Mac Book Pro 2019 with Catalina.
 
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Please accept my apologies. I misread your original post. Simply dragging and dropping a file from should move the file rather than copy it. That's the way it's always been and should still be with Catalina according to this:
 
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I suspect it is a Catalina thing. It can't be this hard to move a file and not have it "stay" in the downloads folder, creating more space used on the computer instead of less. My frustration mounts!!! Thank you so much for trying.
 
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I am using Catalina and for me it is a straight drag and drop from Downloads folder to Desktop, if I need to move the file to another drive or device I use the Command key when dragging and dropping.
 
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Hello and welcome.

-Does it happen with moving documents from any other folders, or just the Downloads folder?
-Do you happen to be signed into iCloud and have  > System Preferences... > Apple ID > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Options... > Desktop & Documents Folders enabled?
-Did you recently perform an update from an older version of macOS to Catalina?

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