I'm hoping someone can help me work out whether there's something I'm missing here or whether QGIS's Select Features tools are just really buggy.
I have a variety of polygon layers from shapefiles based on Australian geostatistical units. I've clipped these layers according to larger city-based polygons in order to create metropolitan cohorts. Now, I'm trying to copy and paste these cohort polygons into their own layers. So, I select the cohorts with a rectangular selection, then copy and paste into new layers.
Except it usually doesn't work. This isn't a case of the colours being similar; the copy option isn't available after I try to make a selection. And when it occasionally works, I can't work out what I've done to make it happen: sometimes I switch to another tool and back (eg. identify a feature, then switch back to the selection tools) and it works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes I switch to another application like my browser, and when I try again when I return it works fine. There doesn't seem to be any consistency to the behavior. I literally just made a successful selection, deselected, turned another layer on and back off, tried again and nothing happened.
Is there some sort of layer lock I'm not seeing that prevents interaction? Is it just a buggy tool? What am I missing? I'm using QGIS 2.12.1-Lyon of OS X.
EDIT: my workaround is to select features via the attribute table, which appears to work consistently. It's not ideal, though.
EDIT #2: nope, never mind—the attribute table doesn't work either. It highlights the features associated with the rows I select consistently, but
Edit > Copy isn't enabled most of the time. Because they were highlighted and I was using the keyboard shortcut, I didn't realise this until I had a dozen incorrect layers pasted.