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all I want to do is select and move

Sep 2, 2013, 02:36 (This post was last modified: Sep 2, 2013 02:37 by nerdydad.)
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all I want to do is select and move
All I want to do is select and move something. It should be easy, right?

So my "picture" simply consists of some text. (I need to turn some text into a bitmap, never mind why). I want to change the text, i.e. I want to move some characters around and add a new character. I used the "Text" tool to create my new piece of text. It's not in the right place, so I thought I'd select and move it. But here is where my troubles start...

I used the "Rect Select" tool and select my new piece of text. But when I drag the rectangle, my piece of text is left behind - all I move is an empty rectangle. I assume my text is on a different layer or something? I don't know. Anyway, how to do I tell "Rect Select" to actually select everything inside the rectangle?
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Sep 2, 2013, 03:19
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RE: all I want to do is select and move
OK I solved the problem my going into the "move" tool and then I could drag and move my new piece of text. It still seemed to be on a different layer, but "discard text information" or "merge visible layers" seemed to fix it. (I tried both but I'm not sure which one did the fix).
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Sep 2, 2013, 06:03
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RE: all I want to do is select and move
(Sep 2, 2013 03:19)nerdydad Wrote:  OK I solved the problem my going into the "move" tool and then I could drag and move my new piece of text. It still seemed to be on a different layer, but "discard text information" or "merge visible layers" seemed to fix it. (I tried both but I'm not sure which one did the fix).

A better way, even after using the move tool (but before discarding text info)
You can reselect the text to edit the characters by

-first clicking on the text layer (marked with "T" icon) under the layers dialog window.
(see right picture "Figure 9.1. Example of a text item" : http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-image-text-...ment.html)

2. click ( Text ) text tool & click the text you made, then type or arrow over with the cursor(keyboard arrows) to pick place.
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You can then also drag select to highlight the text for further formating under the toolbox options.

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