The layer you get get when you paste is only temporary, and
automatically anchors as soon as you do something layer-related.  If
you want a pasted image segment to become a new permanent layer,
select Layer->New Layer while there's a floating selection.

Note that the new layer will still only be as big as the selection you

And this behavior is hinted at in various places in the manual (with
text like "convert the floating layer to a permanent layer"), but the
only place I've seen actual instructions on how to do it is in the
glossary entry for floating selection:

On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 5:30 PM, Cristian Secară <> wrote:
> I am doing this:
> - I open an ordinary .jpg file
> - I choose a selection tool (say, rectangle)
> - I select some small region
> - copy (from menu)
> - paste (from menu)
> - the pasted selection appears as a "Floating Selection / (Pasted
> Layer)"
> - I choose the move tool
> - I move the pasted layer to my desired location
> - I choose a selection tool (say, elipse)
> - I try to select some small region on the base layer (the original
> image)
> - while hovering the mouse over the image, the cursor shows an anchor
> - while clicking to make the new selection, the existing layers are
> combined into one single layer
> I don't understand what is this. I just want that after the first paste
> action the new created layer remain there for ever, even after six or
> ten thousands other further actions. I only want to combine layers when
> I give the command to flatten the image.
> The tooltip over the Undo menu says "Undo Anchor Floating Selection".
> I can un-anchor the layers, but then it combine back again at next move.
> How can I paste as a simple layer which can remains as is ?
> I also noticed that I cannot select the layers with the mouse (in the
> Layers dock window), but I can move the layer selection with the
> keyboard up/down keys (but that didn't change anything for me).
> Which part of the documentation explain this ? (I didn't found this, but
> maybe I looked wrong).
> Thank you,
> Cristi
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