I'd like to convince Gimp not to mess with the z-order of its windows. Me and the window manager are perfectly able to raise a window as I want.

In particular, I'd like to sometimes have the image window on top but Gimp invariably forces the image window to stay below ALL its other windows.

Please note that I don't want a single window, I want separate windows for the different elements of the interface, that I can place where I want.


Edit>Preferences>Window management>Hints for docks and toolbox gives your three choices:

  • Normal window: plain windows (can be minimized, etc...)
  • Utility window: like plain windows, but no "Minimize" button, have to use [Tab] to hide.
  • Keep above: keep these windows above the image window

So you would be currently using the third setting.

See the doc

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