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STILL NO HELP!!!! Cannot move icons or folders

28299 Views 35 Replies Latest reply: Jan 28, 2014 4:53 AM by alfonsobatres RSS
  • samuelfromkenosha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 22, 2013 12:56 PM (in response to Duuuuuuuude)

    Try "Control" button and see if any helpful options appear.  Also try "Command" along with clicking and dragging folders in question.

  • adrian267 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    WOW!  Very simple fix.

    Although I had to go through many other involved efforts that were suggested,

    this one was all it took.

    I recently was on a file cleaning frenzy and remember deleting the "tmp" folder. 

    As "jdmojorisin" suggested, 

                        1. Went to "Macintosh HD" folder  (from desktop menu bar "Go" - "Computer"  - "Macin HD" )

                        2. Went to action menue (gear looking drop down menue)    

                        3. Selected "New Folder" 

                        4.  Named new folder "tmp"     

                        5.  Rebooted (restart)

    Problem solved!

    Thank you!!!

  • Vikas Kumar Singh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 21, 2013 7:08 PM (in response to Duuuuuuuude)

    Thank you .. but no help can't create new folder in macintosh HD :-(

  • kasl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I used a combination of things here that lead me to these steps to solve this aggrivating issue.


    1. Open up your Mac HD. If you don't know how (I didn't) open up Finder, go up to the tool bar at the top of your screen, click GO then click Computer. If your files are hidden you will have to go to the next step. Otherwise skip to #3


    2. If your files are hidden you're going to have to un-hide them.

    Open Terminal (you can search for it in spotlight) and then type in:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES <- Make sure you use all the capitals and spaces here (there is no space at the end of the sentance) and then press enter


    Then type in: killall Finder

    Then press Enter.

    This will close all finder windows. You can now close Terminal if you want.


    3. Go back to your Hard Drive and you'll have to do the following:

    "I would try trashing the Finder's preferences file, "".

    Your Spotlight may not have ever indexed this kind of system file, so you'll probably have to navigate to it manually. If you only have this problem with one user account, just trash that user's preference file, probably in the /Users/"YourName"/Library/Preferencesfolder, substituting "YourName" for your short user name.

    While you're at it, trash your sidebar preferences file too, ""

    It should be in the same folder.

    If the problem appears to be system wide, try trashing any files by the same name from the system's local library folder: /System/Library/Preferences"


    4. Reboot your computer. This solved my problem. Hope this helps!

  • designerstar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 18, 2013 10:32 AM (in response to kasl)

    Hi KasI


    I read you post as i'm having the same problem. With my trash folder as well i  have folders in the trash i want move back on to my desktop the won't move. every folder is locked the weird thing is if i right click on the selected file i can move things to trash. I'm not sure if this is related but all my software programs ie indesign, photoshop, illustrator and safari crash once they are open.  Any Help would be appreciated




  • alfonsobatres Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 28, 2014 4:53 AM (in response to Duuuuuuuude)

    This worked for me:


    1. Right click on the desktop

    2. Select Clean Up


    and everything worked again

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