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Prevent GIMP Toolbox and Layer Windows Appearing on All Desktops on XFCE

This article documents the solution found in this forum post.

The Problem

I was using Ubuntu (Xubuntu) 12.04 (precise) with XFCE as my window manager. When I started the graphical editor GIMP it would show three windows – a main (image) window, a toolbox window, and a layer window.

When switching to another desktop the toolbox and layer windows would persist while the main (image) window would stay on only that desktop to which it was assigned.

Solution

The solution to keep the toolbox and layer windows on only one desktop at a time?

From the main (image) window menu select Edit->Preferences…

Then choose “Window Management” from the list of categories on the left-hand side of the Preferences menu.

Select the Window Management category in the Preferences window

Select the Window Management category in the Preferences window

You’ll note that the options “Hint for the toolbox” and “Hint for other docks” are both set to “Utility window”. Select that option and change it to “Normal window” for both.

Select Normal Window for the hints

Select Normal Window for the hints

And your settings should look like this:

Both hint options should be set to Normal window

Both hint options should be set to Normal window

Click OK and you will be told you have to restart GIMP for the settings to take effect. So restart GIMP.

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