I have tried increasing the Snap distance, but even then, sometimes I accidentally move a guide when I'm trying to do a lot of repetitive tasks quickly.

Is there a way to lock guides in GIMP?


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No there isn't a way to lock the guides. However when using the Move tool you can hold down Shift when using the Move tool, so that the guide will not be able to be selected or moved accidentally.

This behaviour is documented in the user manual here


Possible work around: instead of adding guides, create a Path (with vertical & horizontal lines) with the path tool, then check View>Snap to active path. The path ill behave as a guide, but you won't be able to move it by accident.

  • this is a very useful tip as well; unfortunately I can't accept two answers.
    – Jeff
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 15:51

You can mark, in move tool, the option to move the active layer, then the guides are blocked. I do this in Gimp 2.10.

  • Same as Bill Kerr's answer...
    – xenoid
    Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 21:13

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