No, sorry, that is not it. If you click on a folder and hold down the mouse button you cannot drag a folder to any other place on the screen.
And Paste is totally disabled no matter what. It has to be a virus although I have neve had one before. but in 20 years I have never had this problem before. I am going to have to reinstall the OS.
Sometimes, odd behaviour may be linked to permissions or privilege level issues.
I'd done a few minutes search with careful wording in each variant, to find many
possible answers; some of them have been discussed online & in Apple forums.
Instead of offering four links to articles, documents and user help web sites, I
won't. Routine and preventative maintenance can help resolve, troubleshoot
and fix some kinds of issues; I'm not sure on what page you are, there.
• Troubleshooting permissions issues in Mac OS X:
Shared files and folders, created by one user account or on another computer,
then shared between users or computers, can be problematic due to ownership.
Even if you do not share files or folders between User accounts or Macs, these
may somehow become corrupted or changed by accident; so looking into them
may be helpful in a 'trial and error method' of troubleshooting, by elimination.
• Mac 101: File sharing
While these general areas may not be the cause of the problem, the main issue
of user account(s) or system-wide troubles can relate to a botched user account;
or other corruption, data damage, or issues from merged or upgraded OS Xs.
Common advisement includes maintaining a current complete full backup clone
of the entire computer on a suitably capable externally enclosed hard disk drive,
which can support bootable OS X clones; and this can be used for routine and
emergency maintenance; as well as backup. Also, should the main HDD fail, it
can be handy to continue your work faster than a complete route re-install. Fancy
methods could include RAID arrays and other hardware investments.
Hopefully you resolved the issue as presented; either through a new system install
or via backup and update clones. Helps to have the correct discs and disk utilities
on their own disc, plus boot clones... And run OnyX or AppleJack on occasion.
+Wonder if it's worse to be a thread-jacker or a lurker? LOL+
Good luck & happy computing!
The reason that threadjacking is frowned on (as mentioned in the terms use which you can read by clicking the link to the right on this page) is for the most part a practical one:
By starting your own thread your problem can get individual attention, focussed on your particular set of circumstances.
By joining somebody else's thread it becomes tricky to answer more than one question at the same time, and can lead to confusion for both parties.
So if you don't mind the minor inconvenience, please start your own thread so we can get to grips with your particular problem!
I know I am late to this thread but I just stumbled upon this problem and figured it out. I simply right clicked within the folder and scrolled down to "Clean Up By." I chose "Name" but I am not sure it matters what you choose. Once this was done, I was able to move my folders and icons around. Not sure why this is the case but maybe my post will help somebody. Cheers.