How to Make GIMP Run in a Single Window

Does having toolbars float around your GIMP projects feel messy and overwhelming? I’m not sure about you, but when I first opened GIMP, the default multi-window setup really turned me off. Let’s learn how to switch GIMP into Single-Window Mode!

Step 1

Below I have two projects opened up at the same time, along with a floating Toolbox. It would be great if I can get this all into one window.

gimp multiple windowsStep 2

Luckily, this is super easy to do. Head up to Windows > Single-Window Mode.

gimp windows single-window mode

Step 3

Almost instantaneously, GIMP turns into a very effective and clean graphic editing tool! My Toolbox is docked, my projects condensed into tabs, and it feels like an actual piece of software instead of a jigsaw puzzle.

gimp single-window mode

Single Window, Single Best!

Of course, GIMP’s Single-Window Mode might not suit everybody, but I encourage you try it out to clean up your workspace a bit. I’m sure Multi-Window Mode has it’s benefits, but I personally haven’t seen any yet. Let me know what you think!