Can't paste files with Lion (Finder)

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Clancycoop, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Clancycoop macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2007
    Please excuse me if this has already been addressed, I tried searching but didn't see anything about this.

    When in finder I may highlight a file, press cmmd+C or use the edit menu to copy a file, and then attempt to paste it somewhere using cmmd+V or edit menu.

    The file seems to be copying, there is a status bar if the file is large, but upon completion the file's name disappears from the folder to which I am copying it.

    I asked my friends who have upgraded and they haven't experienced this.

    I have checked for updates, and tried copying various file types. I can drag files to a new location, but sometimes I want to duplicate them (especially photos).
  2. maccauni, Jul 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011

    maccauni macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2009
    I've got the exact same problem. I read on the apple forums that if you copy the file in terminal it will work but not any other way. :mad:

    I've not come across a fix as of yet.



    if you relaunch Finder using the terminal it fixes this problem.

    copy this into terminal to relaunch finder:
    killall Finder && open /System/Library/CoreServices/
  3. Clancycoop thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2007
    That fixed it

    This worked for me. Thank you very much.
  4. Marcus Cyganiak macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    This worked for me as well; however, the problem is back the next day...
  5. franmatt80 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2010
    Can't offer advice for fixing it, but until you have, if you hold down alt as you drag a file, it will copy it instead of move it. I use this instead of cmd-C and V anyway as find it quicker....

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