How to Reset My Toolbox in Gimp

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is an open-source image editor often used as a free alternative to commercial photo editors such as Paint Shop Pro and Adobe Photoshop. The GIMP toolbox contains the brushes, text tool, patterns and other tools. If you have customised the toolbox settings, such as the layout, and do not like the changes, reset the GIMP toolbox to its default settings.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open the GIMP image editor. It's not necessary to open an image when resetting the toolbox.

  2. 2

    Inspect the bottom edge of the toolbox. Notice a yellow circular arrow; this is the toolbox reset button.

  3. 3

    Click on the toolbox reset button while simultaneously pushing the "Shift" key.

  4. 4

    Click on "Reset" when you see a prompt asking if you want to reset the toolbox values.

Tips and warnings

  • Also reset the toolbox by clicking on "Edit>Preferences>Reset." However, this resets all of the GIMP settings, rather than just the toolbox.

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