Figure 14.61. The “Buffers” dialog (as a list)
Buffers are temporary repositories for image data, created when
you cut or copy part of a drawable (a layer, layer mask, etc.).
You can save a document in this buffer in two ways:
A dialog pops up asking you to name a buffer to store the data
in. There is no hard limit on the number of named buffers you
can create, although, of course, each one consumes a share of memory.
The “Buffers” dialog shows you the contents of all existing
named buffers, and allows you to operate on them in several ways. It
also shows you, at the top, the contents of the Global Buffer, but this
is merely a display: you can't do anything with it.
Named buffers are not saved across sessions. The only way to save their
contents is to paste them into images.
4.1.1. Activating the Dialog
This dialog is a dockable dialog; see the
section Section 2.3, “Dialogs and Docking” for help on manipulating
You can access it:
In the detached windows which exists
only if at least one dialog remains open. In this case, you can raise
the “Buffers” dialog from the image-menu:
menu, there is a list of
4.1.2. Using the “Buffers” dialog
Figure 14.62. The “Buffers” Menu
Clicking on a buffer in the display area makes it the active buffer, i.
e., the one that will be used for paste commands executed with the
Buffers Menu or the buttons at the bottom of the dialog. Double-clicking
on a buffer causes its contents to be pasted to the active image as a
floating selection; this is a quick way of executing the “Paste
At the bottom of the dialog are four buttons. The operations they
perform can also be accessed from the Buffers Menu that you get by right
clicking on the active buffer.
Figure 14.63. The “Buffers” dialog (Grid View)
In the Tab menu for the “Buffers” dialog, you can choose
In Grid mode, the buffers are laid out in a rectangular array.
In List mode, they are lined up vertically, with each row showing
a preview of the contents of the buffer, its name, and its pixel
You can change the size of the buffer previews in the dialog using
the “Preview Size” submenu of the dialog's Tab menu.
126.96.36.199. Buttons at the bottom
At the bottom of the dialog you find a couple of buttons:
This command pastes the contents of the selected buffer into the
active image, as a floating selection. The only difference
between this and the ordinary
command is that it uses the selected buffer rather than the
global clipboard buffer.
Paste Buffer Into
This command pastes the contents of the selected buffer into
the active image's selection, as a floating selection. The
only difference between this and the ordinary
Paste Into command is
that it uses the selected buffer rather than the global
Paste Buffer as New
This command creates a new single-layer image out of the
contents of the selected buffer. The only difference between
this and the ordinary
Paste as New command
is that it uses the selected buffer rather than the content
of the global clipboard buffer.
This command deletes the selected named buffer, no questions
asked. You cannot delete the Global Buffer.
Figure 14.64. The “Buffers” context menu
These commands are explained above with Buttons.