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Hotkey to select image without clicking it? gravanoc 26 Mar 03:47
  Hotkey to select image without clicking it? rich404 26 Mar 10:50
  Hotkey to select image without clicking it? Liam R E Quin 26 Mar 15:53
2020-03-26 03:47:46 UTC (11 days ago)
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Hotkey to select image without clicking it?

Something that has always been irritating is that my "focus" will become set to the Layers dialog, and then when I press the Space Bar to pan around, it instead renames the current layer. It is then fairly tedious to get it back to where Space Bar does pan the image. I have to select a tool, usually Rectangle Select, and then make a selection on the image, press ESC, press Ctrl + Z to undo any state changes, and then I'll be back in the mode allowing for Space Bar panning.

I've put this off long enough. Someone please tell me there's a better way to re-enable this.

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2020-03-26 10:50:00 UTC (11 days ago)
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Hotkey to select image without clicking it?

Something that has always been irritating is that my "focus" will become set to
the Layers dialog, and then when I press the Space Bar to pan around, it instead
renames the current layer. It is then fairly tedious to get it back to where
Space Bar does pan the image. I have to select a tool, usually Rectangle
Select, and then make a selection on the image, press ESC, press Ctrl + Z to
undo any state changes, and then I'll be back in the mode allowing for Space Bar
panning.

I've put this off long enough. Someone please tell me there's a better way to
re-enable this.

Always better if you give more information, operating system, Gimp version, using a Graphics tablet or a laptop trackpad, photography or pixel-art? All can have a bearing on the problem.

I can not find any suitable keyboard shortcut, not to say there is not one.

Personally, I always use the center mouse button to move the canvas around. The mouse scroll wheel is often clickable and doubles as center button. That also has the effect of re-activating the space bar scroll function.

Maybe using a graphics pad and no center mouse button equivalent? The most 'convenient' (loosely) way might be keeping some other (tiny) canvas open (can be blank) click on that image tab then back to the working image tab. Canvas is now active, and no swapping tools required. At least it is here,. Gimp 2.10.14 (& 18) kubuntu 18.04

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Liam R E Quin
2020-03-26 15:53:08 UTC (11 days ago)

Hotkey to select image without clicking it?

On Thu, 2020-03-26 at 04:47 +0100, gravanoc wrote:

Something that has always been irritating is that my "focus" will become set to
the Layers dialog, and then when I press the Space Bar to pan around, it instead
renames the current layer.

Yes - i often set layer opacity to zero for similar reasons.

A right-click on the image will put focus back there, at least with most Linux systems.

I think this happened because the input fields now support expressions, which is super useful in e.g. scale image, but not everywhere. E.g. you can scale an image to a third of its size by putting /3 after the current width.

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