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I feel like a total idiot, but I hope there's an easy answer to this problem. I'm brand new to OSM. I have many GPS tracks (which I uploaded as a trace) from an unmapped part of Tanzania. I want to edit my traces and extend/add roads based on my traces, so I've downloaded JOSM. However, the "select" and "add" buttons are greyed out, even when I am zoomed in very far and have data layers. What do I need to do to get those buttons to work? I don't think I can do much without them!

(I tried to attach a screen shot (which would help) but it says "file uploading requires karma > 60" which I'm guessing means I'm too new to add a photo.)

System info: Mac OS X 10.8.5 Chrome Version 34.0.1847.137 JOSM Version 34.0.1847.137

asked 08 Jun '14, 16:26

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Usually there will be a dialog named "Layers" on the right. Exactly one of all loaded layers has a green check mark next to it; that one is the active layer (the one you are editing). If for some reason you have managed to make your GPX layer active rather than your OSM layer, selecting and editing will be greyed out. Right-click on your OSM layer and select "activate" from the context menu, or use the green check mark button below the layer list, to make your OSM layer active.

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answered 08 Jun '14, 17:06

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Ah ha! Yes! I did have my GPX layer active. Now I can see my GPX layers and edit the OSM. Thank you!

(08 Jun '14, 17:09) milicia

@milicia You should be able to add that photo now if you want, too.

(08 Jun '14, 19:42) SomeoneElse ♦
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