The Mode menu lists all Working modes available to JOSM and shows the current one.
The Mode menu can help users to quickly enter another Working mode.
The effect of a mouse click in the Mapview is determined by the Working mode. Therefore JOSM has a current Working mode at all times.
Usually another Working mode is entered with a keystroke. Additionally the buttons visible in the upper half of the Edit toolbar allow entering a Working mode.
Most Working modes have individual icons for the mouse pointer. Further information about the next mouse click is also shown at the right hand side of the Status bar.
| Select mode (rect.)
Lasso mode (freely)
| Select objects to move, rotate and scale them.
S again to switch between a rectangular or a freely dragged catch area.
| Draw nodes and ways. Press
A again for Angle snapping
|Zoom with a rectangle
|Delete objects or way segments
|Creates parallel copy of ways
|Create and edit way segments by extrusion
|Improve Way Accuracy mode
|Improve geometry of ways
|Split ways (since r18772)
Additional Working modes can be added by plugins installed.
|Align Ways mode
|Make ways parallel
|Edit Gpx tracks
|Delete trackpoints of gpx tracks
|Merge and align the contours of areas. More infos at Contour Merge.
|Move photos to adjust their geolocation
| Tracing forests, rivers, lakes, twisted roads etc. Without clicking
A button or left mouse click too much. More infos at Fast drawing.
|Rectangular objects and/or basic shape of most man made objects. More infos at Draw building.
- Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts
- The Mode menu was introduced in October 2019. Its shortcut key was formerly assigned to the More Tools menu.