How to Move a Pasted Selection in GIMP


Adding different layers and images to a project in GIMP gives the composition depth and a degree of detail. Using the software's tools you can cut, paste and move just about any selection that you want. Having full control over every design aspect of your digital art is helpful for both professional and casual projects. By exploring the editing tools that GIMP has to offer, you can master the technical skills necessary for effective graphic design.

  • Right-click on "Floating Selection" or "Pasted Layer" in the "Layers, Channels and Paths" window. Select "New Layer" to anchor the selection in its own layer.

  • Highlight the pasted layer in the "Layers, Channels and Paths" window to ensure that you will be moving the correct selection.

  • Select the Move Tool from your Toolbox window. The icon looks like a blue cross. Click and hold on the pasted selection in your image window and move the layer with your mouse. To rotate the piece, select the Rotate Tool and use it the same way as the Move Tool.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can type "M" for a quick shortcut to the Move Tool.
  • If your cursor is not on top of the pasted selection while moving, you could end up moving a different layer. Click "Edit," then "Undo" to reverse any unwanted results.


  • Photo Credit Chad Baker/Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images
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