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how to make the gimp window 'normal'

Oct 1, 2013, 08:32
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how to make the gimp window 'normal'
When I open GIMP, the window is quite different from what it used to be. I uninstalled and reinstalled GIMP, but there is no change.     ,     ,    
Is there any way to make the appearance normal? The screenshots that I have attached are after a lot of efforts to make the screen appear 'normal'

Thanks in advance.

OS Ubuntu 13.04
GIMP: 2.8.X (available with Ubuntu software centre, no modifications)
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Oct 1, 2013, 11:39
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RE: how to make the gimp window 'normal'
Quote:Is there any way to make the appearance normal? The screenshots that I have attached are after a lot of efforts to make the screen appear 'normal'

You do not say what you consider 'normal' It could be multiple window mode as shown or it could be single window mode.

It also looks like you are using a laptop, a typical laptop with 768 pixel depth is just a bit tight for Gimp. The bottom of the windows tend to be lost off screen.

I have found in the past,
Go to single window mode, Gimp menu -> Windows -> Single window mode
See if you can find a corner (handle) to resize then drag to resize.

If the bottom is off the display Alt-click somewhere in the gimp window. Alt-click should allow you to drag the top of the Gimp window off the screen until the bottom is showing. Now you can resize, followed by alt-click and drag back. Sounds more complicated than it is.

The same applies in multi-window mode. You can alt-click to move a window off the top of the screen.

A bit of a made-up example, my monitor is 1020 deep so I don't have that initial problem but I have sized the windows to be off screen.
[Image: LFETYCl.jpg]
Right side is as you might have, left side is moved up so I can get at the bottom of the window for resizing.

When/if you get it the way you want, remember to go to edit -> preferences -> window management. Untick save window positions on exit. Click on save window positions now.

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Oct 1, 2013, 15:33
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RE: how to make the gimp window 'normal'
Solved. Thanks
I opened Windows > Single window mode, ticked it and restarted GIMP. The bottom bar (showing unit of measurement -pixels-, magnification %age and quick mask in corner) came up of its own accord.
I breathed easy and went to Edit > preferences > window management; unticked “save window positions on exit” and clicked on 'save window positions now', which does not have a tick box.
OfNuts, I do not have any experience about files relating to OS/applications and will not amend or delete them.
Rich 2005, I felt 'normal' did not need any defining. However, I consider it 'normal' when the GIMP opens and top and bottom menubars are visible. You are right that I am using a laptop.
I have copied and saved suggestions by both and these will come in handy sooner or later.
Thanks once again
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