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New laptop, can't get GIMP set up correctly
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Hi all, new here, first post. I'm running W11, and the latest GIMP version: 2.10.31 Rev 1.

I've been using GIMP for probably 10 years just for playing around, nothing really serious. I am completely self-taught, but for occasionally Googling or taking a peek at the manual. I've only learned what I had to learn to keep me going at the moment.

So I DLd the latest GIMP onto my new laptop and it was mostly okay, but I cannot get it arranged the way I used to have it, and the more I mess with it the worse it gets.

What I want is to get the toolbox anchored in the upper left corner, with the selected tool options anchored below it. And a year or so ago, quite by accident, I anchored the text selections in the upper right corner, which makes it much easier to use because it is much bigger.

Docking, Single Window Mode, yadda yadda, I can't figure out what I need and it's getting frustrating. I've been using Windows for 30 years and I know that what I need to do can be accomplished with a few clicks IF YOU KNOW WHAT TO CLICK AND WHAT THE DESCRIPTIONS MEAN. That's the problem.

At any rate, thanks for any help.
A new laptop. If it has a high definition display, it can be awkward, let us know.

For general information there is this:

For Windows, some users have problems dragging and dropping tabs into different positions, use the little drop down menu and arrange as required
A quick animation: both opens closes tabs and locks in position. You need to apply that lock to individual tabs (such as fonts), it is not universal.

I you like old style settings, there are options in Edit -> Preferences
Tools Groups- untick for a Gimp 2.8 layout: although I advise using the groups.
Old style (wide) sliders:
Themes, and I hate the default black theme:
Icon style and size:
To anchor the toolbox in the upper left corner and the selected tool options below it, you can enable the "Single-Window Mode" in GIMP by going to the "Windows" menu and selecting "Single-Window Mode". Then, click and drag the toolbox to the upper left corner and the selected tool options should automatically dock below it.

To anchor the text selections in the upper right corner, you can click and drag the text tool options to the upper right corner and they should dock there.

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