Rectangular and elliptical selections show up in two modes. Default
mode is with handles. If you click the selection or press the
Enter key, you only get the dotted outline
(marching ants) and no handles. The other selection tools have
2.1.1. Moving rectangular and elliptical selections
If you click-and drag a selection with handles, you move the
selection outline and you don't move the contents of rectangular or
You can also use the
Move tool to move the selection
Figure 7.5. Moving selection outline
You can also use Alt (or
Ctrl+Alt on some
systems) and the arrow keys to move the selection outline one by one
arrow keys you can move it by 25 pixels steps.
If you click-and-drag the selection without handles, you create a new
selection! To move the selection contents, you have to
keys and click-and-drag the selection. This makes the original
place empty. A floating selection is created.
Moving a selection and its content, emptying the original place
keys and click-and-drag the selection to move without emptying
the original place. A floating selection is created.
Moving a selection and its content without emptying the original
On some systems, it's preferable to push first the
Alt key, otherwise if you push first the
Shift or Ctrl keys, GIMP will
fall over add/subtract to the current selection mode and after
that, the Alt key is ineffective!
2.1.2. Moving the other selections
The other selections (Lasso, Magic wand, By Color) have no handle.
Click-and dragging them doesn't move them. To move their contents, as
with rectangular and elliptical selections, you have to hold down
If you use keyboard arrow keys instead of click-and-drag, you move
You can also use a more roundabout method to move a selection. Make
it floating. Then you can move its content, emptying the origin, by
click-and-dragging or keyboard arrow keys. To move without emptying,