Figure 13.92. The Move tool in Toolbox
The Move Tool is used to move layers, selections, paths or guides. It
works also on texts.
Activating the Tool
You can access to the Move Tool in different ways:
From the image menu bar
→ → ,
By clicking the tool icon:
By using the keyboard shortcut M.
The Move tool is automatically activated when you create a
Holding down the space bar changes the active
tool to Move temporarily. The Move tool remains active as long as
the space bar is held down. The original tool is reactivated
after releasing the space bar. This behaviour exists only if the
Switch to Move tool option is
→ → → .
Figure 13.93. Move Tool options
Normally, tool options are displayed in a window attached under the
Toolbox as soon as you activate a tool. If they are not, you can access
them from the image menu bar through
→ → which opens the option window of the selected tool.
Keep in mind that your Move choice persists after quitting the
Tool toggle (Shift)
If Move is on Layer:
Pick a layer or guide: On an image with
several layers, the mouse pointer turns to a crosshair when it
goes over an element belonging to the current layer. Then you
can click-and-drag it. If the mouse pointer has a small hand
shape (showing that you do not pick an
element of the active layer), you will move a non-active layer
instead (it becomes the active layer while moving).
If a guide exists on your image, it will turn to red when the
mouse pointer goes over. Then it is activated and you can move
Move the active layer: Only the current
layer will be moved. This may be useful if you want to move a
layer with transparent areas, where you can easily pick the
If Move is on Path:
Pick a path: That's the default option.
The mouse pointer turns to a small hand when it goes over a
Then you can move this path by click-and-dragging it (it will
be the active path while moving).
Move the active path: Only the current
path will be moved. You can change the current path in the
4.2.3. Summary of Move tool actions
Moving a selection
The Move tool allows to move the selection outline only. If the
Move Mode is “Layer”, you must hold down
If the Move Mode is Selection, you can click-and-drag any point in
canvas to move the selection outline. You can also use the arrow
keys to move selections precisely. Then, holding down the
Shift key moves then by increments of 25 pixels.
When you move a selection with the Move tool, the center of the
selection is marked with a small cross. This cross and selection
boundaries snap to guides or grid if the
option is checked: this makes aligning selections easier.
selections for other possibilities.
Moving a layer
The Move Mode must be “Layer”. Then you can choose
between Move the Active Layer and, if you
have one or more layers, Point to Layer (or
Moving Grouped Layers
If layers are grouped (with the little chain symbol) they will all
move, regardless of which layer is currently active.
Moving a guide
When you pull a guide from a ruler, the Move tool is automatically
activated. That's not the case after using another tool, and you
have to activate it by yourself. When the mouse pointer goes over a
guide, this guide turns to red and you can click-and-drag to move
Moving a path
The Path Tool dialog has its own moving function: see
Section 6.1, “Paths”. But you can also use the Move
Tool. The Move Mode must be set to “Path”. Note that
the path becomes invisible; make it visible in the Path Dialog.
You can choose the path to be moved or move the active path.
Moving a text
Every text has its own layer and can be moved as layers. See
Section 6.5, “Text”.