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How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?

May 14, 2013, 00:41
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How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
It is so frustrating to not be able to go on to something else in a project because I have lines trailing behind my cursor, forcing me to use the undo key or to choose a different, less intrusive tool. Small problem I know, but this has kept me stuck for two days. I have done about a dozen help book and online searches, asking the same question in every possible way- and nothing. I did find an answer for an older version that involved about 4 or 5 steps, which I found incredulous, since all I have to do is click once to select a tool. Anyway, the instructions didn't match my version (2.8.4) I hope the answer turns out to be simple, and does not involve multiple steps, because I use the tools a LOT. Thanks in advance.
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May 14, 2013, 01:19
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
There is no specific "do nothing" tool in Gimp, because the tools don't do anything on the canvas unless you click.

As you found, if you are the paranoid kind, switch to the "Measure" tool.

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May 14, 2013, 07:37
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
(May 14, 2013 01:19)ofnuts Wrote:  There is no specific "do nothing" tool in Gimp, because the tools don't do anything on the canvas unless you click.

As you found, if you are the paranoid kind, switch to the "Measure" tool.

Thanks for responding. It's true that tools don't do anything unless you click them on, but when I click on, say, the lasso tool, and am finished using it and want to do something that doesn't involve using tools, I still have the line following my cursor. Clicking twice does not close the tool. I can close the tool by undoing all the changes I used it for, or, I can choose a less intrusive tool- but it would be so much easier if I could just toggle off the tool, or close it by double-clicking. I just want to be able to stop using a tool without having it following my cursor around, and making messes I have to clean up. I have seen many questions about this online, but no definitive answers.
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May 14, 2013, 10:23
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
If you have the line following the cursor, it's because you are still using the freehand tool. So:
- you want to continue with freehand but restart what you are doing: use [escape] to cancel you current work
- you want to do something else: switch to that other tool

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May 14, 2013, 17:29
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The line would disappear if you close the selection loop by either pressing Enter or clicking at the starting point of the loop.
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May 14, 2013, 20:32
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
(May 14, 2013 10:23)ofnuts Wrote:  If you have the line following the cursor, it's because you are still using the freehand tool. So:
- you want to continue with freehand but restart what you are doing: use [escape] to cancel you current work
- you want to do something else: switch to that other tool

Thanks for responding. "Escape" didn't work for me. It's not a matter of wanting to switch tools; I don't want any tools. It interferes with dragging and dropping images, because, since I can't turn the tool off, it follows my cursor- sometimes causing a mess on the image I last used the tool in. I have read a lot of comments by other people who also wonder about this.
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May 14, 2013, 20:36
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
(May 14, 2013 17:29)Grue Wrote:  The line would disappear if you close the selection loop by either pressing Enter or clicking at the starting point of the loop.

Don't know why, but this didn't work for me. The line continues to follow my cursor. Thanks for your response though.
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May 14, 2013, 21:40
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
I repeat, having a line following your cursor isn't normal. Can you make a screenshot (even if it's taken with a camera/smartphone)?

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May 15, 2013, 13:24
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
(May 14, 2013 21:40)ofnuts Wrote:  I repeat, having a line following your cursor isn't normal. Can you make a screenshot (even if it's taken with a camera/smartphone)?

I finally have found the answer after searching for days! Simply hit a key on the key board and it ends that tool's function, allowing you to move on . Thanks for taking the time to respond.
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May 15, 2013, 13:54
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
Hitting a random key will start another tool (most Tools are on keyboard shortcuts). If any key works, how come the Escape key didn't work as I suggested above?

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May 15, 2013, 21:48
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
(May 15, 2013 13:54)ofnuts Wrote:  Hitting a random key will start another tool (most Tools are on keyboard shortcuts). If any key works, how come the Escape key didn't work as I suggested above?

That's a puzzle. The remark I read on another website said to "Just start typing..." I found that hitting one key works just as well. I haven't learned about the keyboard shortcuts yet. I have only been on GIMP for 4 days, so even good advice sometimes doesn't make sense to me. I do appreciate your help.
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May 25, 2013, 23:33 (This post was last modified: May 25, 2013 23:34 by grimp.)
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
(May 15, 2013 13:54)ofnuts Wrote:  Hitting a random key will start another tool (most Tools are on keyboard shortcuts). If any key works, how come the Escape key didn't work as I suggested above?
Would it be possible to make a cursor tool that does nothing? This seems a bit better than some inscrutable key combination that depends upon moon phase.
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May 26, 2013, 01:36
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RE: How Do I Deselect a Tool When I am Finished Using it?
Use the Measure tool (Measure)

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