Can't change file names AT ALL

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by garygibsonsf, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. garygibsonsf macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2012
    I've seen similar threads to my problem, but none that appear to address it specifically.

    I have a bunch of files in a folder. Some are greyed out, some aren't. I had no idea why until I tried to change the names of some of them and found I couldn't. They've been like that for a while, though I couldn't tell you how long. I never really thought about it until I had a need to change the names of them.

    When I 'got info' on each of them, I clicked the padlock icon to unlock them. I got a popup window asking me to enter my user password. I then closed the 'get info' window. They were still grey and uneditable. I hit 'get info' again and in every case, each one I had supposedly unlocked was still locked. I was still unable to change the file names.

    If I try and copy them to another folder, it tells me the files are 'in use' by some other application. They aren't. I tried rebooting Finder. No success.

    I tried the same on the containing folders; same results. Files that were already unlocked were fine. I have no idea why some are, and some aren't. This is proving enormously frustrating and I've already wasted half a day searching for and failing to find a solution. I've tried changing the settings of and disabling Time Machine. That didn't work either.
    Some info: the files are contained in a subfolder in Dropbox. I'm running Lion 10.7.3 on a two-year old Macbook. Help!
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Have you checked Finder > select file >> GET INFO >>> Sharing & Permissions yet and seen, if you have proper permissions?
  3. garygibsonsf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2012
    In the Get Info box, I have:

    'GaryGibson (me)' with read and write selected.
    Below that is 'everyone (read only)'.

    I tried switching the second ('everyone') to read and write as well but that doesn't work either.

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