I was using the Free Select Tool in GIMP to plot points, and then I wanted to go back to a previous point to adjust it, but unfortunately I didn't perfectly hit the point to enable it to move, so it created another point.

You can see it in the red encircled area that it attempted to draw the selection instead of dragging the existing point, thus ruining my selection point list. This sometimes happens when I have already made a long list of points.

How do I undo that without needing to redo the points again? If I press Ctrl+Z, it will remove all my points instead of the last point mistake.

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    Hi. It's better to use the paths tool for something like this, then you won't have that problem. Also the paths tool can be used to create curved selections.
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 14 at 7:18

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I just figured it out now. I can just press Backspace

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    Glad you figured it out. But for complicated stuff, Paths are a much more practical solution than the free select tool.
    – xenoid
    Aug 14 at 6:27
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    @xenoid Why is it more practical? Because all points are not lost with Ctrl+Z?
    – baptx
    Nov 17 at 23:53
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    1) With the lasso you can only move nodes around, but you cannot add delete node without undoing up to the point where you insert/delete a node. With the path you can add/delete a node at any time.And mostly 2) in case you find you didn't get it completely right, you can later edit the path just by doing minor tweaks to the existing path, when with the free select tool you may have to redo the whole selection from scratch. Then 3) Edit > Stroke path gives much cleaner results than Edit > Stroke selection
    – xenoid
    Nov 18 at 0:19

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