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I have recently installed GIMP 2.8.6 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit and for the first time when I opened it, two windows along with the main window were available, but now I can only see a single main window. How can I bring those default windows back?

GIMP main window

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In the menu there is an option Windows/Single Window mode. Turn that off. – Jos May 5 '14 at 14:49
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Since you recently installed GIMP and closed the Toolbox window, I would suggest to reset your window preferences because it would also restore the dockable dialogs and the Layers windows which is extremly handy when working with GIMP.

Navigate through Edit menu → PreferencesWindow Management → and click the button for Reset Saved Window Positions to Default Values. Then click Ok to close the Preferences dialog and restart GIMP.

GIMP Preferences dialog

I would also suggest to enable the single-window mode so that all these windows would be docked inside the GIMP's main window and ease the workflow when working with it. Enable it through Windows menu → Single-Window Mode.

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Unrelated to the question at hand but may I ask how you did that screenshot highlight? It's really neat and I'd love to use it in the future. – Glutanimate May 7 '14 at 13:53
@Glutanimate See this question: How do I create highlights on a screenshot? (particularly, the answer given by Takkat). – Aditya May 7 '14 at 13:59
Thanks, that's just what I was looking for. – Glutanimate May 7 '14 at 13:59
When I switched to the single-window mode, all of the docks was at right, but I wanted to be the toolbox at one side and the layers and other at the other side. I have not succeded without reset to the default value. I like single-window mode. Thank you for your answer. – Arpad Horvath May 17 '15 at 19:42

To open a new Toolbox, just hit Ctrl+b.

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