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Managing tool options and window positions
There are two ways to manage tool options in Gimp:

  1. Always start with the same settings. This is best if you work on various projects, and also if you are a beginner, because you can then reset the options by restarting Gimp
  2. Saving your settings between Gimp sessions. This can be useful if you work on a few big projects
The choice of behavior is directed by the options in Edit ➤ Preferences ➤ Tool options ➤ General ➤ Save tool options on exit. You want this unchecked for option #1, checked for option #2:


If you use option #1, you have to make sure once for all that your default options are to your liking by either:
  • Click the Reset Saved Tool options to default values  button:

  • Make sure that the following are as you want them:
    • All options in all tools (for instance font and font size in the Text tool, or the "corrective" flag in transforms)
    • The current brush, gradient, pattern, and the foreground and background colors
    • The active tool
  • Click the Save Tool Options Now button:

Your options are similar for window positions, but this is usually less critical. Saving window positions is often a good idea, but be careful if you use several monitors, a saved window position can end up on a screen that is no longer here. Settings are in Edit ➤ Preferences ➤ Interface ➤ Window management ➤ Window positions:


A last place to check with a similar choice is Edit ➤ Preferences ➤ Input devices for input options mostly related to painting:


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