Can't cut/paste, or drag pictures to desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jamesryanbell, May 28, 2012.

  1. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

    jamesryanbell

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    I'm running the latest version of OSX Lion on a 2011 Mac Mini Server with 8GB of RAM. Everything has always worked since I got it. Lately, for seemingly no reason (unless I hit a hot key that enabled/disabled something on accident), I can't cut and paste anything - even within the same application. I can "cut" or "Copy", but nothing will paste. It's not grayed out, but nothing is there when I try to paste whatever I've copied.

    Also, I can't drag pictures to my desktop off of the browser either. It just highlights them. I can't hold the mouse button down in a browser and drag them to my desktop or anywhere else. I'm using a Magic Mouse.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you!

    -- Ryan
     
  2. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    Can you write other files, save them and such? Kinda sounds like you've somehow, accidentally, lost write permissions.

    Click Command+I on your user in Finder (Macintosh HD-> Users-> Your User name) and check to make sure you still have the Read & Write Permission.

    Very basic fix so it seems unlikely that it's something so simple but best get it out of the way first.
     
  3. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Write permissions seem in tact, but thanks for the heads up there (for future reference).

    Any other ideas?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Have you rebooted your Mac?
     
  5. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Not lately. Why would that help? I can try that when I get home.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's a basic first step in troubleshooting that resolves many issues. Yes, it can help.
     
  7. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'll try that now, but even if it works, I'd still like to have an idea of what causes the problem. :) Thanks. Be right back....
     
  8. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Sometimes, restarting fixes weird problems as GGJstudios said, but getting closure on why something went funky never happens. If the reboot fixes it, just be happy! :)
     
  9. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020

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