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Once in a while, not all the time, when I go to my INBOX to download incoming emails to my project folders, when I try to drag and drop, I get the circle with the slash through it -- indicating it will not move the email(s) into the target folders. Then, sometime later, it works fine. My IT people say it may be a need for me to rearrange the disk drive (defragmenter). Does the Lounge agree? Anyone else with this particular problem (and with a solution)?


I can't drag mails from the Advanced Find results window to a folder. I simply get the message "Can't move the items". With the same version of Outlook XP running on Win2K (I'm now on XP) I had the same problem but also could not set up a rule to move items, getting a similar message. Rules work now, drag and drop does not.
Can anyone help?

Hi all,

Symptoms: when trying to left-click a file and drag it to a folder, the folder with the focus does not highlight and does not accept the file to be dropped. Instead, the target folder "jumps" out of the way in an endless cat and mouse game.

My reading on the net has led me to try numerous repair scripts (Kelly's Corner) but nothing has worked. I've been through everything I can think of, including ticking drag and drop in the Start menu etc

This problem also affects the recycle bin.

There are other ways to save a file in a folder but drag and drop is the fastest and handiest.

Any brilliant (or otherwise) suggestions much appreciated.


I have a problem in that I plugged in my MP3 player into my PC and Windows Media Player 11 won't recognize it anymore. I have used this player many times but its as though it (the MP3 player) doesn't exist now.
I can see it under "my computer" and I can drag and drop files to it successfully but I can't put music on via the sync button on WMP 11. It is simply as though it has ceased to exist. I have even tried with a second MP3 player which I had used previously and it cant see that one either. I like WMP 11 and dont really want to install another player but this thing is driving me nuts. ( I hate mysteries!!) It is probably something simple but I cant find it. Can someone help me please?
By the way the burn function in WMP 11 seems to be working ok as do all other features. _Thanks

I have Windows 7 Home Premium and have been running it with no problems since last October.

Suddenly this evening I can no longer drag/move application windows or move files through drag-and-drop. I can minimize and maximize windows but then they are frozen in place, I can't move them.

It appears to have started when using MS Money 2007. I restarted the computer twice and the problem remained. When I opened MS Money again suddenly I can move windows and files. Maybe it is related, maybe not.

Any clue what the issue could be?

Everything else appears to work fine.
-Ran sfc/scannow and Windows seems to think the file system is fine.
-Scanned PC with AVG free and didn't find any issues
-RAM is listing fine, 6.0GB
-E6750 processor
-Nvidia 8600 GTS graphics card
-Hard drive has plenty of space

Hello everybody... I am new to the forum and new to Windows 7. I was hoping someone could help me out with this problem I've been having. I've searched all over the internet for an answer and tried various things but nothing seems to work...

Anyway, the issue that I'm having is that when I am either browsing through files in explorer or browsing on the internet and moving the mouse across the screen, the mouse will latch on to either a link, or a picture and drag it, sometimes moving files where I don't want them to go or opening links in new windows, without even clicking a button!

Is there something I a doing wrong, or is this some new feature that I turn off so the mouse will behave like it did in windows 98/2000 and XP?

Thanks in advance to any suggestions you may have, I'm at my wits end here.

Hello, I'd like to thank you all in advance for analyzing my problem. All help is appreciated .

On a Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) machine I am running, I randomly lost the ability to copy, paste, and move data.

When I try to copy and paste data, I get that restricting "ding" sound and when I try to drag and drop files and folders to somewhere else I do not get an error message or anything. Simply nothing happens, it's as if I didn't try to do it in the first place.

Any suggestions?

The hardware in the machine are as follows:

Intel Core I7 950
Intel X58 chipset (with usb 3.0 and Sata3 support)
6gb of triple channel DDR3 1333 memory
ATI Radeon 5670
Corsair Reactor 120GB SSD

Again, thank you

All right, I just spent the last hour and a half working on this, so hopefully things work out as well for you guys as they did for me.

Earlier tonight I booted up my computer (I'm actually on an Apple iMac, dual booting OS X and Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit) and started up using the Windows 7 partition. Everything was looking fine, my logon screen was the same, same picture, password, etc. When I entered my password and logged in, it displayed the usual "Welcome" screen, but followed it with "Preparing your desktop...". Not something that should have happened during the hundredth time I've logged into Windows. GOt to my desktop, and everything is gone and changed. It's basically back to factory settings. HOWEVER, my programs were still there and able to run just fine. Games, however, would have to be started over as the save files could not be found.

Naturally, I panicked, and probably did some things I should not have. Hence why it took me an hour and a half to fix. But with my simple-version fix, it should only take you guys five to ten minutes.

If you've experienced this problem, DO NOT PANIC. Your files ARE still on your computer (Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, etc.) they are just not where they are supposed to be.

Restart your computer. This should restore your system back to the way it was before it reset. Your taskbar and desktop should look the same. However, your files may still be missing.

Go to:


Inside that folder should be all your personal documents. It should look like your user folder (C:Users(your username). Simply drag and drop the folders to your specific user folder and merge any folders it asks you to.


Restart your computer to make sure everything stays. If everything stays, you're done.

If restarting your computer either reverts it back to factory defaults, or didn't help in the first place, you can still find your files, but you will need to keep restarting your computer until it gets back to its normal state. It took me about 6 or 7 times until it returned to my normal system state.

This whole problem is most likely caused by the System Protection feature of Windows 7. You have the option to turn this off, however, I don't recommend it. If there are major hardware issues (my hardware issue was an external hard drive) it will revert system settings and files (excluding any programs) to default. Your files will be moved to the above folder (...systemprofile), never deleted.

NOTE: Turning off System Protection also disables System Restore.

Hope this helps!!

I want a program that can design websites. and I want it to be so you arrange it by moving the pictures and links and text around with your mouse. Kind of like designing a website in photoshop. Price is no problem.

ps. i know some HTML

I recently upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista. With Vista, when I connected my Motorola E815 cellphone via Bluetooth, it showed as an additional "drive" in my files directory, making it easy to simply drag and drop files (pictures, music) from my phone to the computer.

I have successfully connected my phone again to my computer, via Bluetooth, but nowhere can I find where the files show up in my directory. Nor does this mysterious "Device Stage" pop up as was explained in various sites I have visited to resolve this problem.

I also have a new LG Tritan, same problem. Neither phone shows their files with which I can transfer. Nor does my LG show as a separate drive when I connect with its USB cable. In both cases, the phone and comptuer say they are connected, but where do I "find" them on the computer?!?

This is all very frustrating and am regretting upgrading to 7 at this stage.

There are photos on my Motorola that I could like to transfer to my computer via Bluetooth, especially since it is not deactivated and I can no longer just email them to myself! Yes, I know, backing up before hand would have been wise, but when Bluetooth was available, I figured why bother...

Any help at all would be appreicated. I keep thinking there is something I'm mssiing here???

Confused Beyond All Measure

I use an old XP app (JetToolbar - available at JetToolBar - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com) and do not want to change but I cant make it work on Windows 7.
The application installs and starts up just fine but it is not possible to drag icons/programs/files to the toolbar - I just get the 'no entry' sign (Circle with line through)

However, the application runs fine when logged on to the hidden Administrator account. If I set up the application in the hidden Admin account and then log on as a normal admin user and run it from that account, the icons I set up are just not visible.

So what do I have to change in my normal user account (member of administrators) to make this drag and drop work?

I have tried 'Run as administrator' but that made no difference. Ive read about dropping to 'Run as User' apps from 'Run as Admin' apps but that's not the problem (at least problem occurs when app is run as user or run as admin)

I have tried 'Turning off UAC' but that made no difference.

So what else can I try?

Thanks for any help.

I'm adding an attachment from SharePoint Portal Server Documents (Web Folders) to a new message (drag and drop). The problem is, in the message, on File Names place, there will be not only the name of the fail added, but the path of the temorary copy on my computer, as well.
Like COCUME~1reet.000LOCALS~1Temp28kompass.doc.
I would like to see just the name of he added file (Like 28kompass.doc). Would that be possible?

Just reinstalled OL98 on reformatted HD. Can't seem to get AddressBook.WAB imported from backup. "New" address book shows only a few addresses. Tried to IMPORT using File drop-down menu, but Import and Export are greyed out.
Dragged and dropped correct .WAB file from backup into Outlook, but the file, for some reason, is not seen. I can open the correct address book from the backup, but not in OL98 itself.

I went to switch users this morning to see if a program I installed and then moved so that I was the only one that could access it was there. When I went to log onto "Everyone Else" I get the following message: "The security log on this sysem is full. Only the administrators can log onto fix the problem" has anyone seen this and have a cure? Or is this something I should talk to HP about? Everything was fine until I did the following:
Installed a program that did not give me the option as to who could use it. I installed, then by dragging and dropping I moved the program to my program files. I know that sounds like a no-no but Idid it before only on my PC and all was well. It runs perfectly under my username.

I do a daily backup of our server using an external firewire hard drive which is taken off-premises. We have one main folder under which there are a dozen sub-folders, all of which are backed up. I create a new folder on the backup drive, and then drag and drop the main folder containing the sub-folders. It's easy and effective. However, sometimes the copying process hits a file which has been moved or it can't find on the server. It generates an error and then aborts the entire copy process. Is there any way to set the computer to just skip the problem file, and continue the rest of the backup? Although our server runs Win Server 2003, this happens in all flavors of Windows.

Our CEO, who used to be a Mac user, says that Macs don't have this problem, and just continue the backup until finished, skipping the offending file.

Do any of you have a solution to this problem? Incidentaly, if I drag each individual sub-folder individually, and all 12 are running, if this problem arises, only the folder in which the problem file exists stops copying. I'd like to avoid doing all of them individually.

Thanks in advance for your help.


I brought this problem to the forum in early December, and I didn't get much of a response. I am submitting it again in hopes that someone has the courage to tackle it.

The problem is that, in XP Home, I get an intermittent "Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." message, and the toolbar, Start Menu, and any open explorer windows reset themselves. It also takes some of my tray apps with it.

The error usually appears when I change or move an item on the Start Menu, but it has also happened when I close application windows, or sometimes just click on a button in a window. If I do any extensive file manipulation in Windows Explorer, I will get the error. I have also seen it happen when the computer is just sitting there with no apps open--I am doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on the computer at the time!

The last time I posted this, someone responded telling me to run checkdisk and defrag the drive. I did that and it seemed to help for a few days, then it started getting worse again. I have run chkdsk and defrag a number of times since then with no good results.

I have removed everything possible from the startup areas while troubleshooting this thing. The only processes that were running were those that XP starts, and it still happened. It seems to be a somewhat random event--I can't replicate it by any one action or sequence of actions, although I can almost always make it happen by dragging and dropping a couple of items in my start menu.

Every time it happens, I send an error report to MS. Of course I've never heard anything back. I have also tried a couple of Win XP repairs with no luck.

My hardware is a Dell Dimension L933r (Windows XP compatible), and I had installed XP on the hard drive after it was reformatted.

I have searched the MS KB and haven't found anything close on the subject. Has anyone else had or heard of this problem? I'd really appreciate some advice.


Hi all,
I have created an Org Chart in PowerPoint. My problem is that i cannot move shapes and their connecting lines from where PowerPoint puts them. I have a fair bit of unused space on some areas and in other areas the chart is quite cluttered, which I am trying to rectify. When I drag and drop the shapes, they return to their original position. A look at the Format Auto Shape/Position tab reveals that the position options are greyed out.
Additionally I am having trouble achieving the following structure:
SubOrdinate SubOrdinate SubOrdinate

I am having difficulties getting the two supervisors to appear in line.
Any ideas? Thanks heaps.


I have searched and can't find anything that works for this problem.

My setup is a Laptop running Win 7 Pro- 64bit and a Desktop running Win XP Pro.

I want to have a shortcut on my laptop for the desktop's desktop, so I can drag and drop files onto it. I had this set up with Vista.

I can access the "shared documents" on the XP machine, and I can ping the computer. Under "Network" in windows explorer in W7, the desktop shows up but when I click it it says I don't have permission (same with My documents; but I can access shared files). The C drive is shared on the XP machine as C$. But I can't make a shortcut to the desktop.

I have tried typing the IP address in the shortcut bar. But it says that I don't have permission to access it even though nothing has changed from when I could access it.

Any direction?

If this post is in the wrong area, moderators please move.
Ok here goes: Using SDExplorer Pro I am unable to drop them into the Favorites folder on SkyDrive. I am also unable to add my favorites directly into the SkyDrive folder. (This is a folder that Microsoft put in SkyDrive)
I am however able to drag and drop my favorites into my favorite folder on my U3 drive w/o any problems, and access them as well.
So being able to do that I thought Ok I'll just do that and then drop them into SDExplorer. HA! boy was I wrong.
I am not getting any error message, what I am seeing is red O with a line through it. I also have the sync turned on for I.E. in my LiveMesh, but am not seeing any activity. I'm not sure what I should be seeing with the I.E sync, I assumed that I would see activity as with other files. Oh! and nope I cannot sync the HD favorites folder directly to LiveMesh.

So What am I missing here?


Classic Shell is now official for Windows 8, you don't have to run the Windows 7 version any more.

I just installed it and I'll let you know how it goes in a day or so.

The new version has more options for style, Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.
And other new features here's the blurb....


Classic Shell
Version 3.6.0 – general release

Thank you for installing Classic Shell. It adds some missing features to Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 - like a classic start menu, start button, a toolbar for Windows Explorer and others.

The latest version can be found on Source Forge:
Welcome to Classic Shell

Report problems in the Classic Shell bug tracker:
SourceForge.net: Classic Shell: Bugs

For answers to frequently asked questions look here:
Classic Shell: FAQ
Or use the forums to get help:
Help: SourceForge.net: Classic Shell: Help
Discussion: SourceForge.net: Classic Shell: Open Discussion

Classic Start Menu

Classic Start Menu is a clone of the start menu from Windows 2000, XP and Vista that sadly is gone missing in Windows 7. It has a variety of advanced features:

• Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
• Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
• Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
• Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
• Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
• Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
• The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
• Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
• Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins. Make your own!
• Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
• Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
• Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Vista and Windows 7)
• Implements a customizable start button (Windows 7 and 8)
Classic Explorer

Classic Explorer is a plugin for Windows Explorer that:

• Adds a toolbar to Explorer for some common operations (Go to parent folder, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Properties, Email). The toolbar is fully customizable
• Replaces the copy UI in Vista and Windows 7 with the more user-friendly “classic” version similar to Windows XP
• Handles Alt+Enter in the folder panel of Windows Explorer and shows the properties of the selected folder
• Has options for customizing the folder panel to look more like the Windows XP version or to not fade the expand buttons
• Can show the free disk space and the total size of the selected files in the status bar
• Can disable the breadcrumbs in the address bar
• Fixes a long list of features that are broken in Windows 7 – missing icon overlay for shared folders, the jumping folders in the navigation pane, missing sorting headers in list view, and more
Classic IE9

Classic IE9 is a plugin for Internet Explorer 9 and 10 that:

• Adds a caption to the title bar so you can see the full title of the page
• Shows the security zone in the status bar
• Shows the loading progress in the status bar
Installation instructions

The toolbar for Windows Explorer will not show up automatically after installation. You have to do a few things before you can use it:

1) Open a new Windows Explorer window (Win key+E)

2) Go to the View menu and select Toolbars -> “Classic Explorer Bar” to show the toolbar.

3) If that option is not available (you only see “Lock the Toolbars”) you may have to enable the plugin from Internet Explorer. Run IE, right click on its toolbar and select “Classic Explorer Bar”. It will ask you if you want to enable this add-on. Select “Enable”, then do steps 1 and 2 again.

4) If that doesn’t work, try going to Tools -> Manage addons in Internet Explorer. Locate the addons “Classic Explorer Bar” and “ExplorerBHO Class” and make sure they are enabled.

5) If even then you don't see the toolbar, maybe the browser extensions are disabled on your system. This is usually the default for servers. Open the "Internet Options", go to the "Advanced" tab, and check the option "Enable third-party browser extensions".

It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway!) that you have to turn on the status bar from the View menu if you want to see the file sizes.

The caption in Internet Explorer may not show up automatically after installation. You may get a prompt to enable the ClassicIE9BHO plugin. If you get the prompt, select “Enable”. If you don’t get a prompt, go to Tools -> Manage addons and make sure the addon “ClassicIE9BHO” is enabled. After that restart Internet Explorer.

To uninstall Classic Shell follow these steps:

1) Stop the start menu if it is installed (right-click on the start button and select “Exit”)

2) Open a new Windows Explorer window

3) Make sure the toolbar is hidden (if you uninstall while the toolbar is visible, the menu bar in Explorer will get stuck in the visible state and you won’t be able to hide it)

4) Close all Windows Explorer windows

5) Open Control Panel -> Programs and Features and double-click on Classic Shell. Then follow the instructions. You may have to restart Windows to complete the process.

6) If you installed any additional skins for the start menu you will have to delete them manually

If you missed step 3 and now you can’t hide the menu bar in Explorer, install Classic Shell again, and follow the uninstall steps carefully.

If you upgrade from version 2.8.3 or older

The new settings system will not preserve any of your old settings. Neither the ones done in the Settings dialog, nor the ones in the ini files.

The new system is designed to be forward-compatible, so any future version will be able to preserve your settings during upgrade.

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