Execution of commands by dragging and dropping objects onto others on Apple Mac computers is used much more often than on Windows machines. Conveniently! But sometimes it happens that drag’n’drop not working on Mac. How to be? There are some simple solutions.

Forcerestart Finder

If you cannot drag and drop when working with files and folders, often the most obvious and simple solution is to restart the macOS file manager. This can be done like this:

  • Hold the Option key;
  • Right-click on the Finder icon in the Dock;
  • In the context menu, select Relaunch.
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Reboot Mac

If restarting Finder did not help, the next way to solve the problem with a failed drag’n’drop is to restart the system entirely. This can be done either through the Apple menu  -> Restart. After the computer restarts, check if the drag and drop works in the applications you need. If it works, hooray hooray! If not, go deep into the library files.

Read more: The Most Useful Keyboard Shortcut in macOS

Delete Finder Settings Files and Reboot

If the two previous methods were unsuccessful and drag and drop still not working on Mac, it may be that the settings of the mouse or trackpad drivers are damaged. In this case, it is enough to delete them and restart the Mac, so that new files appear on the site of the deleted files without erroneous data. What should be done:

  • Going to Finder, press the keys Shift + Command + G, in the appeared window enter the path ~/Library/Preferences/ and press the enter key;
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  • Go to the Preferences folder, find and select the following files:
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  • com.apple.AppleMultitouchTrackpad.plist
  • com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad.plist
  • com.apple.preference.trackpad.plist
  • com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.mouse.plist
  • com.apple.driver.AppleHIDMouse.plist
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  • Delete these files to the Trash and Reload the Mac again. After logging in again, test the performance of the drag’n’drop operations.
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Users often complained that they can’t Drag and Drop Mac’s files. In my personal view, the problem is exaggerated because its solution is often limited to restarting Finder or restarting the macOS. In my practice, there was only once the need to use the solution while digging into the System files for managing manipulators and deleting them.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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  1. Erick Borling Reply

    Except Mac users don’t have right-click or left click, so… strangely irrelevant advice.

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