Drag and Drop in Finder Stopped Working

mac toolsIf you spend anytime on this site, you know that I am a Windows XP to Mac OSX convert. I generally espouse how awesome a Mac is because it always just works. Well, a bit of kink in the armor came today when I tried creating a new demo video and could not get drag and drop to work.

I tried to take files from a Finder window and drag them onto the desktop. When I began to drag, I expected to see the green plus icon over the application icon. Didn’t happen. I tried numerous with various destinations and still couldn’t get it to work.

I became more concerned when I tried to copy and paste a file between folders.

Thankfully, things are back to normal now. My solution? Restart the computer. It’s as good advice for a poorly behaving Mac system as it is for Windows. Rebooting the system solved the problem.

I think I was stumped for so long because I rarely need to reboot the system because of a problem. That was usually my goto response for a problem in Windows XP or Vista. So class, the lesson is remember to restart your system if something is behaving poorly. It’s a good first step to solving your Mac problems yourself.

Do you have any goto troubleshooting advice? Please share it here.

About Joe Cotellese

Joe is the founder of Learning OS X. He's often spending way too much time playing with new Mac software in order to improve his ability at "Getting Things Done."

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