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

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
 

AcesHigh87

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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.
 

jamesryanbell

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

Any other ideas?
 

jamesryanbell

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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....
 

SandboxGeneral

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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....
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! :)
 

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