Using GIMP 2.8.22 on Windows. More often than not, I like to have View -> Snap to Canvas Edges checked. How can I make this the default?

The only thing I could find is a forum post from 2007 which suggests modifying the source code http://www.gimptalk.com/index.php?/topic/26643-how-do-i-set-default-values-for-gimp/


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Well that was easy. I've been wanting this for a least a year. I found this post on github:


# ~/.gimp-*/gimprc
(default-snap-to-canvas yes)

That worked! I closed gimp, added above line to C:\Users\username\.gimp-2.8\gimprc file and restarted gimp

Update for GIMP 2.10

In Gimp 2.10 the above doesn't seem to work. The location of snap settings has changed to:

# (default-view
#     (show-menubar yes)
#     (show-statusbar yes)
#     (show-rulers yes)
#     (show-scrollbars yes)
#     (show-selection yes)
#     (show-layer-boundary yes)
#     (show-guides yes)
#     (show-grid no)
#     (show-sample-points yes)
#     (snap-to-guides yes)
#     (snap-to-grid no)
#     (snap-to-canvas no)
#     (snap-to-path no)
#     (padding-mode default)
#     (padding-color (color-rgb 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000)))

(Note, you can see the possible settings in the system gimprc. In Windows this is located at C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\etc\gimp\2.0\gimprc)

However despite adding the following to my user gimprc and restarting gimp the snapping didn't seem to apply.

    (snap-to-canvas yes)

Then I realized the gimprc I was editing was under a gimp-2.8 folder (C:\Users\username\.gimp-2.8\gimprc). I do not seem to have a gimp-2.10 folder in my user directory.

In any case, however, there is now a setting for it in the GUI. Go to the menu Edit->Preferences and the section Image Windows->Snapping. Updating this setting sticks between restarts

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    You will remove it. It looks like a good idea, but you'll quickly find that having it permanently on is a pain. What you can do instead is assign a keyboard shortcut to it.
    – xenoid
    Sep 12, 2017 at 11:42
  • Just yesterday, I read a tweet from someone who praised the decision to not have this as a default in GIMP :) Sep 12, 2017 at 12:19
  • @xenoid will see how it goes :) I'll remember that if it doesn't work out
    – User
    Sep 12, 2017 at 22:17
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    Btw, there is already a shortcut to enable/disable it: Alt-Ctrl-E
    – xenoid
    May 28, 2018 at 6:07
  • @MichaelSchumacher, Wow, I don't understand why isn't it the default. Can you link to the tweet? Aug 23, 2018 at 11:08

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