When I select bucket fill I cannot find an option to select a pattern on GIMP 2.10.24

I remember being able to do this previously but can't do it now.

Does anyone know how to select a pattern for bucket fill?

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    It's in the tool options. see here
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 16, 2021 at 1:01
  • I'm not seeing tool options. Maybe my view is off?
    – SeanJ
    Jun 16, 2021 at 20:46
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    From the main menu, click on Windows > Dockable dialogs > Tool options.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 16, 2021 at 22:36
  • Perfect. I don't know why the dockable dialog disappeared but all good now. Can you add as an answer so I can accept?
    – SeanJ
    Jun 16, 2021 at 23:01
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    Ok I've added it as an answer now.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 17, 2021 at 0:50

2 Answers 2


It's in the tool options. If the tool options aren't visible or if you accidentally closed them, then from the main menu click on: Windows > Dockable Dialogs > Tool Options

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Another way to change the current pattern if your Tool options dialog is not showing: open the Patterns list dialog, either

  • with Windows ➤ Dockable dialogs ➤ Patterns
  • by clicking on the pattern preview in the toolbox (if showing, this is set with Edit ➤ Preferences ➤ Interface ➤ Toolbox ➤ Appearance ➤ Show active brush, pattern and gradient)

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