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    Can't move folders on OS X 10.7.2

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    Can't move folders on OS X 10.7.2
    Hi, I haven't seen this problem posted anywhere else and I am losing my mind trying to figure it out.

    I have a Macbook Air, OS X 10.7.2. It is brand new. At some point in the last month or so, it has stopped letting me move folders or documents (or anything really) around within a folder or from one folder to another.

    For example, I may have saved an image to the desktop that I want to move to a Pictures folder. If I open the Finder, open Desktop, and then click and drag it, nothing happens at all. The only way I've been able to get things into the right folders is to copy and paste them, then go back and delete the first one.

    I've also noticed that if I try to add a new folder to the desktop, it will not appear on the actual desktop, only under Desktop within the Finder. Individual documents or files saved to the desktop similarly do not appear on the actual desktop.

    I tried resetting and repairing the permissions for various folders, but it hasn't made a difference. Does anyone have any tips?

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    Can't move folders on OS X 10.7.2
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcherAve View Post
    For example, I may have saved an image to the desktop that I want to move to a Pictures folder. If I open the Finder, open Desktop, and then click and drag it, nothing happens at all.
    Well of course it won't. You're not moving it anywhere.

    IOW, the "Desktop" file you're seeing in Finder IS YOUR DESKTOP. So of course you can't move a file from point a to point a.

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    Can't move folders on OS X 10.7.2
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    Except he wants to move it from point a (desktop) to point b (pictures folder).
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    Can't move folders on OS X 10.7.2

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    Yes, sorry, perhaps I should clarify more. I can't move files or folders at all in any way. So if I open the folder Photos let's say, and I have two folders inside it- Work Photos and School Photos- and I have an image in the top folder I want to move to Work Photos- I can't. If I want to pick up a file and move it just slightly to the left inside a folder, I can't do that either.

    Also, I should clarify the Desktop thing. I suppose I meant to say that the shortcuts that should appear on my desktop do not- the only way to access a file saved to the desktop is to open Finder first. Which defeats the purpose of saving to the desktop to me because I use it only for things I'm going to use very frequently and therefore want a shortcut to.

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