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I have Windows 8.1, and the 2.8.22 version of GIMP. I am currently trying to customize a chart for my paint colors. Sometimes GIMP works fine but much of the time when I select an area it won't allow me to do anything - not delete, not copy, not type into the selection. I need to know what I have to do to get GIMP to work all of the time. Please reply in simple terms, I'm a senior and tech talk isn't very easy for me to understand. Thank you,] Bernadine

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    There isn't enough information in your question as it stands now for diagnosing the problem. The first step is to find a way for others to reproduce the problem you're experiencing; do you have a series of specific steps that lead to the problem? – dsstorefile1 Apr 25 '18 at 22:06
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    I don't know what I do that makes the difference. Just after I wrote, I was able to cut and paste once and then it went back to before - not letting me cut and paste. I've spent hours just trying to get a simple chart changed and I'm very tired. Had the problem before, those times I just gave up. I've been trying to read the manual but most of it doesn't make sense, I can't even get GIMP to look like the examples. In a white square just below File, I did find another white square that says Clipboard right above it. When I right clicked on it, my selection that I want to move was there. – Bernadine Apr 26 '18 at 0:55
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    That info about cutting and pasting triggering the problem was really helpful. A pasted image becomes a "Floating Selection" which you should "anchor" (right click on Layers sidebar -> [Anchor Layer]) or turn into a layer (right click on Layers sidebar -> [To New Layer]) so you can continue editing it. – dsstorefile1 Apr 26 '18 at 1:06
  • Replied but couldn't include you, so I'll post it here. Worked on this again for hours moved one item from its original place to another like I wanted. Think I selected the area, Layer>New from Visible, Select>Float, moved the dotted box to the new position, Layer>Anchor. might be able to do it again. Now want to delete the original area I moved, I don't want it there now. How do I do that? Nothing I've tried worked. Want to add some text to what I just moved and that's not working either. Also want to delete text that's just there, nothing to do with things I've already moved. Thank you. – Bernadine Apr 30 '18 at 4:33
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Gimp lets you alter pixels that are, at the same time:

  1. within the selection
  2. within the boundaries of the current active layer/channel
  3. not protected by the Color or Alpha locks

For each condition:

  1. a minute selection can be overlooked. You can check if you have any selection by open the Select drop-down menu, if Select>None is not grayed, you have a selection somewhere.
  2. the layer boundaries are shown with a dotted line (View>Show layer boundaries). enter image description here If you need more space, you can use Layer>Layer to image size to extend the layer to completely cover the canvas. Also, make sure that you have a layer selected (blue highlight). Some operations select a channel and your alteration would apply to that instead.
  3. The Color/Alpha locks are the two icons in the Lock line at the top of the Layers list.

enter image description here

In addition, many things are disabled when you have a "floating selection" (or only apply to it), and even more things are disabled in color-indexed images (as indicated by your title bar, typically when you are editing a GIF).

Two check lists:

https://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-getting-unstuck.html#gimp-using-getting-unstuck

https://www.gimp-forum.net/Thread-When-suddenly-nothing-works-anymore

  • I'm sorry this doesn't make any sense to me at all. !, In the Filters drop down menu, there is no Select>None or anything that says Select at all. 2. In View there is a Show layer boundaries, but nothing happened when I un-/re-checked it. 3. In the Layer menu there is nothing about Color or Alpha. I checked the 2 links. 1. I can't do this I have nothing like the first picture. 2. 4.1 I find nothing that looks like that picture. 4.2 Selection is checked. 4.3 Clicked on the Select all, tried copy/paste, nothing happened. 4.4 Nothing. Tired, making no sense. All I want to do is copy/paste. – Bernadine Apr 26 '18 at 1:37
  • Filters: Sorry I meant Select. Color/Alpha locks: see added screenshot. If your layer is a big as as the canvas, the dotted line for the layer boundary is on the sides of the canvas. – xenoid Apr 26 '18 at 6:43
  • Can you make a screenshot of your Layers list and add it to your question? If you do Select>All and then Copy/Paste, you just duplicate the layer, so visually nothing changes, you just have one ore layer in the Layers list. – xenoid Apr 26 '18 at 6:49
  • I tried to make a screenshot of my document but I don't know how to attach it here. And I don't know what the Layers list is. – Bernadine Apr 29 '18 at 8:38
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    Comments aren't a good place for more questions. Create a new question, but you may be more comfortable asking questions there. – xenoid Apr 30 '18 at 6:24

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