Currently Being ModeratedMay 20, 2011 10:29 AM (in response to Tom Ritch)
I have never seen the behavior you describe in Mail, and cannot coax it to happen now except when I hold down the Option key to make it copy instead of move the selection. Either there's something wrong with your system, or you are inadvertently holding down Option.
Your reference to "confirmation" by Dee Run and James Wilson7 is meaningless without context, as neither appears to be a user on these forums. (At least, the forum software is not finding users with matching names.) Perhaps you could provide a link?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 20, 2011 11:47 AM (in response to thomas_r.)
Thanks for the reply, Thomas.
I don't think I have a problem with my system, nor that I am doing something wrong. I have seen this intermittently for years through many system upgrades. I try to keep things in order by frequent scanning with Disk Utilities and occasional full rebuilds with Disk Warrior and cache cleaning with Onyx.
Goldenshoes suggested that doing the drag and drop more slowly would reliably lead to cut and paste. I have not investigated this, but it suggests that perhaps if you did drag and drop more quickly you might see the copy and paste behavior.
The posts by Dee Run and James Wilson7 I found by searching for Mail Edit drag drop. Dee Run said
The response form Goldenshoes is in this thread.
Strangely, now I cannot find the post from James Wilson7 even though I found it easily earlier today, and I can find many of his other posts: James Wilson7's Stuff. Perhaps the post I am looking for is not present because this is "James Wilson7's Latest Content" and the post I found earlier had been archived.
Well, now I have found the post by searching for "Mail drag drop".
Looking at these other posts in more detail, I see that James Wilson 7 observed the problem in Mail/OS X 10.5.2, Dee Run observed it in 10.6, and in a reply the problem was confirmed running 10.6.1 by Michel Chaouli.
Message was edited by: Tom Ritch
Currently Being ModeratedDec 21, 2012 7:00 AM (in response to Tom Ritch)
I've had the same problem through several versions of OS X and still do (v 10.7.5). This has been true for me on a few different Macs.
Just wanted to add a "me too" in hopes that it helps.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2013 9:40 AM (in response to notoze)
NOT a solution, notoze. my permissions get repaired every night as part of my backup process (SuperDuper!). i just had an instance of this mail.app behavior this morning.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2014 3:58 AM (in response to Tom Ritch)
same here. osx mavericks, MBP late 2011 2.66 core2duo mail version 7.1
although, i think this exists since osx 10.4 or so. forever. every update there's the increasingly slimmer hope someone fixes this, since i use this feature in other text editing apps all the time.
fix this, folks. can't be hard (i know, it's what they say in billions of lines of code. still.).