The Open command activates a dialog that
lets you load an
existing image from your hard-drive or an external medium. For
alternative, and sometimes more convenient, ways of opening files,
see the Files section.
Activating the Dialog
You can access the Open dialog
from the toolbox window or from an image window through:
You can also open the Dialog by using the keyboard shortcut
The left panel is divided into two parts. The upper part lists
your main directories and your storage devices; you cannot modify
this list. The lower part lists your bookmarks; you can add or
remove bookmarks. To add a
bookmark, select a directory or a file in the middle panel
and click on the Add button at the bottom
of the left
panel. You can also use the Add to bookmarks
command in the context menu, which you get by clicking the
right mouse button. You can delete a bookmark by selecting
it and clicking on the Remove button.
The middle panel displays a list of the files in the
current directory. Change your current directory by double left
clicking on a directory in this panel. Select a file with a single
left click. You can then open the file you have selected by
clicking on the Open button. Note that a
double left click opens the file directly; if you have selected
a file different from the current one, a message warns you
before GIMP overwrites your work.
Right-clicking on the middle panel displays the
Open Location dialog that allows you to type
a path to a file. You can also open this dialog by typing
The selected image is displayed in the Preview
window if it is an image created by
GIMP. File size,
resolution and the image's composition are displayed below
the preview window.
If your image has been modified by another program,
click on the Preview window to update it.
The path of the current directory is displayed above the middle
panel. You can navigate along this path by clicking on one of
This button shows All Files by default. This
means that all file types will be displayed in the middle panel,
even if they are not images. You can filter
the list for a particular file type.
The Determine File Type button has a
default of Automatic. In most cases you
don't need to pay any attention to this, because the
GIMP can determine the file type
automatically. In a few rare situations, neither the file
extension nor internal information in the file are enough to tell
GIMP the file type. If this happens,
you can set it by selecting it from the list.