I recall an Edit Image button in 11.04 that would bring up a second window with a Crop button easily visible.

But now, in 11.10, I see no such button. In fact, I can't find a way to crop at all from the default image viewer.

How can I crop an image from the default image viewer?

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    It looks like Eye Of GNOME (the default Image viewer) doesn't have a 'crop' function built in, nor is there a plugin in eog-plugins, however it is listed as an "Idea" on the project page: live.gnome.org/EyeOfGnome/Plugins Mar 20, 2012 at 2:52

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Once the image is opened you can right click on it and choose to open with Shotwell Image Viewer. It will open up a new window where you can crop/edit the image and save it.
Once saved you can close the 2nd window and see the changes in the default image viewer.

Alternatively you can set Shotwell Image Viewer to be your default image viewer.

  • I am reasonably sure that this is what you are thinking of. Somewhere along the line, they experimented with using this instead of EOG; I think it made it into a release or two.
    – zpletan
    Mar 21, 2012 at 3:25
  • There might even be an edit button in EOG (the default viewer) that will open it in the Shotwell Image Viewer.
    – zpletan
    Mar 21, 2012 at 3:26
  • Helpful answer.. :) Mar 30, 2014 at 10:28
  • at Dash Hud / "details" / default applications / photos Jul 6, 2014 at 17:03
  • from the Shotwell menu: Photo -> Tools -> Crop
    – Line
    Jan 17, 2019 at 18:33

The default viewer is very limited, no editing and it doesn't support animated GIFs. What I recommend is installing gthumb which is in the Ubuntu repositories. Gthumb is fast loading and provides all the basic editing functions without the complication of GIMP. It also serves as a image manager which doesn't impose a date based folder structure for images. I for one prefer filing by event or subject -- makes images much easier to locate.

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    Great recommendation! gthumb is working perfectly for me
    – odigity
    Jun 8, 2016 at 16:58
  • I normally don't give a "me too" kind of comments, but after the frustration of MyPaint not having a simple crop function, I totally endorse the recommendation of gThumb. It's great for a quick editing, and it's fast! Thank you.
    – Alex. S.
    Oct 26, 2018 at 18:07

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