Can't copy and paste, drag anything and spotlight icon in menu bar is missing!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MitchellMck, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. MitchellMck macrumors member

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    #1
    I just turned on my MacBook today and found that the spotlight icon in the top right hand corner was missing. I also found that i can't drag and drop anything on the dekstop, dock or inside any folders/windows etc. and also i can't copy and paste. Please help :(
     
  2. merl1n macrumors 65816

    merl1n

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    Try rebooting in "Safe Boot" mode:

    Reboot and when you hear the bong, immediately hold down the "Shift" key and keep holding it until you see the spinning gear on the grey screen. Then you can let go of the key. This boot takes longer.

    Once the system is booted, you will be presented with a login screen with "Safe Boot" in red text. Either log in or use the restart button to do a normal boot.
     
  3. MitchellMck thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope never worked :( but thanks anyway
     
  4. corywoolf macrumors 65816

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    Try repairing permissions in the Disk Utility located in the Applications/Utilities folder. Select the hard drive on the left and click repair to the right of it.
     
  5. MitchellMck thread starter macrumors member

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    Just tried it and a reboot, but nothing :(
     
  6. MitchellMck thread starter macrumors member

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    Folks just phoned apple, they told me to install the discs you get with your mac. Works perfectly now, though it took a couple of hours installing.
     

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