Thanks for the reply.
It usually starts normally and then the feature stops working. Even if I close Safari, it still doesn't drag and drop.
I know some website may "detect" I am saving (by dragging) the pictures and block it, but then I return to any website (say, a Google Images search) and they still don't work. What could be the problem in your opinion?
I am having the same problem, and it doesn't seem to depend on what I am doing in Safari. I've had the drag-and-drop function stop suddenly when I am trying to pull an image from my email, my blog, Google image searches, and a variety of website. I've tried counting the number of images I pull before the function stops working, but the numbers are always different. For example, I've been using Safari for the past four days with no problem, but it's happened three times today already. The only way to get it working again is to restart my computer.
It's a Finder problem. Force quit the Finder and it'll start working again.
Generally the last picture you're able to drag out of Safari will cause the Finder to hang for a moment before saving. That hang will trigger the problem, prevening you from dragging out any additional pictures.
Force quit and you're good to go. This has been an issue since 10.7.0 but has not been addressed by Apple.
I have been experiencing this problem frequently since OS X 10.7 up to now and can only confirm MB39's last answer.
Every once in a while, the Finder stops to react (or even crashes) after dragging-and-dropping images out of Safari onto a desktop folder, e.g. Any subsequent drag-and-drop isn't possible, the dragged icon just "returns" to the Safari window.
Restarting the Finder helps, but only till the next freeze, which occurs quite erratically.
For some time, I thought this might be a bug of the Wacom graphic tablet driver, but it's the same problem when using a USB or Bluetooth mouse.
Why has Apple never addressed and fixed this obvious issue so far? Is dragging-and-dropping images from Safari such a rare use?
You don't need to restart the Mac, just the Finder (e.g. by option-clicking on the Finder item in the Dock and choosing "Restart Finder"). But, of course, this is far from being a satisfying solution.
Hi CT, you can't confirm what!?
At the moment, I am finally testing the drag-and-drop freezing issue using the Apple Magic Mouse (which, of course, is a Bluetooth device) that I've rarely used before. So far, the problem has not occured, so it *might* be limited to (at least some) third-party USB devices (e.g., I have been using Wacom tablets instead of a mouse for years now).
yes, I have to agree, unfortunately. Using the Apple Magic Mouse doesn't solve the problem. It's not an issue with specific input devices or interfaces.
Interestingly, the drag-and-drop freeze only – but always! – occurs after the target window reacts to the drag-and-drop action by a slight animated move towards the mouse arrow (which occurs only once in a while), as if it wanted to say: "Oh, I have recognized that I'm the target of the drag-and-drop, so I come to meet you." Can anyone also experiencing the problem confirm *this*!?
Now I doubt whether this window animation might be the culprit!? As far as I recall, the animation can be suppressed by holding the option key during drag-and-drop, but even that doesn't solve the issue. It still makes the Finder crash instead of the animation followed by the drag-and-drop freeze.
Does anyone know a Terminal command to disable this movement of the target window during drag-and-drop?