I'm trying to edit an image that is just one layer which is transparent. It's hard to see the content because of the default gray-black checkered background.

How can this be configured to white?

I'm looking for a proper solution; of course I know the obvious workaround of creating a dummy white layer underneath.

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See Edit>Preferences>Interface>Display>Transparency>Check style

You can configure it to "White only"

  • Thank you! This question was asked before and the accepted answer was to create a white layer. It was asked again and closed as a duplicate of that one.
    – Kaz
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 16:47
  • A small note: in Gimp 2.8.22 on Ubuntu 18.04, the "Display" preference panel is a top-level element of "Preferences", not a child of "Interface".
    – Kaz
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 16:51

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