All of a sudden I am not able to reposition icons on desk  top by dragging. Why?

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All of a sudden I am not able to reposition icons on desk  top by dragging. Why?
I have always been able to reposition items  e.g. folders on my desktop. Suddenly I am not able  to move them. Why?.. Mountain Lion , OSX 10.8.5.
Thank you
Repaly
Hello tufo,
It may be that your Desktop view options are set to sort icons on your desk.
You can change the size of icons, arrange them in a grid, and set other preferences for items on your desktop by changing the view options on your desktop. To change your desktop view options, click the desktop, and then choose View > Show View Options from menu bar. You can try the different settings to see which ones you like—you will immediately see the effects of your changes.
Mac Basics: Desktop
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3737
Cheers,
Allen
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