If you often need to create copies of files or folders on a Mac, you will be happy to know that it can be done very simply and quickly thanks to the Duplicate function in the Finder menu. The function name speaks for itself – it creates an exact copy of any file or folder that you select, and saves it in the same place as the original.
For example, if you have a “Document” file, and you make a copy of it, a “Document copy” file appears. Thus, you can copy any files and folders, and in the name of the copy there will always be a “copy” to make it easier to distinguish.
How to copy files and folders to Mac OS
- Open the “Finder” on the Mac and find the file or folder you want to copy.
- Tap the desired file or folder.
- Open the “File” menu and select the “Duplicate” option.
- When copying is completed, a copy of the selected document or folder will appear in the same place, and in its title there will be a “copy”.
The screenshot above shows that we made a copy of the document “IMG_0553.JPG”, and it is called “IMG_0553 – copy.JPG”.
How to Copy Files with Shortcut Keys
If you use the File menu for you for too long, you can use the keyboard shortcut.
- Select a file or folder and hold Command + D to create a copy.
Clamping the key combination is only necessary after the file or folder is selected.
Some Mac users find the keyboard shortcut more convenient. Nevertheless, whatever approach you choose, the result will remain the same.
Like any other file on a Mac, a copy can be renamed, moved, cut and pasted, downloaded somewhere, deleted, etc.
Creating copies of files is useful in many cases. Perhaps you are going to edit the document, but want to insure yourself with a backup, or just want to save something in two versions. In addition, one file can be copied several times. Simply select the original and continue to press the function in the menu. This way you will get a “Document copy”, “Document copy 2”, “Document copy 3”, etc.