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When you move or paste a 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. A left click then
anchors the floating selection.
You may also click on the New layer command on
the Layers dialog, which anchors the floating selection to a new
layer. See Section 10.2, “
Activating the Command