Starting GIMP for the First Time

When you launch GIMP for the first time (by double-clicking the GIMP icon on the desktop or by choosing Start > All Programs > Gimp), a dialog box pops up. Use it to set up GIMP according to your personal preferences. For standard use, accept the settings and click Continue to proceed. When you are asked to choose a temporary directory for GIMP, you can type C:\Windows\Temp, which is Windows' default directory for temporary files. This is the standard directory for Window temporary files and can be easily cleaned up by using a Windows tool (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup). Accept the recommended suggestions provided by the installation dialog or create your own directory.

For Linux and Mac OS, you will encounter the same window that offers a choice of default settings. Simply accept the settings and the suggested temporary volume. You can also choose another directory most conveniently on a second hard drive. This all will happen only if you are installing GIMP for the first time. When you are upgrading to a newer version, the personal settings from the older installation will be used without prompting.

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Figure 1.13

The startup window of GIMP, which appears while scripts, fonts, and so on are loaded

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