If you have created a floating selection, a temporary layer, called a
“floating layer” or “floating selection”,
is added to the layer stack. As long as the floating layer persists,
you can work only on it. To work on the rest of the
image, you must “anchor” the floating layer to the former
active layer with the command.
If the image does not contain a floating selection, this menu entry is
insensitive and grayed out.
If there is an active selection tool, the mouse pointer is displayed
with an anchor icon when it is outside of the selection.
7.5.1. Activate the Command
7.5.2. Alternative Ways of Anchoring a Floating Selection
There are more ways to anchor a floating selection:
You can anchor the floating selection to the current layer the
selection is originating by clicking anywhere on the image except on
the floating selection.
You can also anchor the floating selection to the current layer by
clicking on the anchor button of the
If you create a New Layer
while there is a floating selection, the floating selection is
anchored to this newly created layer.