When you're zoomed in editing something very small (like an icon), it's hard to tell what it looks like at 1:1. Is there any way to avoid having to constantly zoom from 1:1 to your editing zoom level?

The OLD version (as in, Windows XP old) of a paint program named Paint Shop Pro (5-6) allowed this by just letting you have multiple window views of the same image. What's the best Gimp solution?


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We can create a new view of our canvas with View > New View. On any of views the zoom factor can be adapted to convenient values for easy switching between different zoom levels.

When in multi-windowed mode these views can also be displayed next to each other:

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  • Forgot there was a multi window mode!
    – User
    Oct 30, 2016 at 22:08

It's usually not 1:1 views, but may be useful for finding your way around a zoomed-in image:

You can add a Navigation Dialog anywhere in your docks. This will display your image with a highlighted area indicating the part of the image that's visible in the active image window or tab.

GIMP Navigation Dialog

You can drag this frame to move around in your image, and the dialog also has got zoom controls to control the zoom level of the image window/tab.

Also, in the lower right corner of an image window/tab, there's a small four-way cross that opens a similar dialog with that highlighted area, but sans the zoom feature.

GIMP Navigation popup

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    I've been using GIMP for years and never noticed this feature! Nov 5, 2016 at 0:11
  • You do realize that I just summarized the GIMP user manual page about that dialog, and even took the images directly from there, right? Nov 5, 2016 at 11:34

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