I used to use Irfanview to edit my files but it stopped working a couple of days ago so I switched to GIMP but I can't seem to find a way to save a file other than xcf.


You need to select file => save as => select type by file extension => jpg or any other extension you want

save as

  • Or include the extension in the filename. GIMP will automatically choose the right format (e.g.: type in DCIM001.jpg) – Glutanimate Dec 9 '13 at 10:41
  • Aha, did not know that – Noosrep Dec 9 '13 at 10:45
  • This does the trick! – Pastichio Rocker Dec 9 '13 at 10:53
  • Wont work in Gimp 2.8. - it will complain about extensions other than XCF or compressed XCF. – Takkat Dec 9 '13 at 10:54

In fact in GIMP you save your file as xcf and you export it to the file type you want (including all major file types).

You can use SHIFT + CTRL + E for this purpose or simply "File / Export." Saving the file in xcf allows you to do a lot more editing if you reopen the file later.

  • Can it be that this doesn't work in GIMP version 2.6? – Noosrep Dec 9 '13 at 10:49
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    At present Gimp is at 2.8. - older versions do not have the issue on save as as it was asked by the OP. – Takkat Dec 9 '13 at 10:57
  • Appearantly I still use version 2.6 and the shortcut doesn't work in my version. That's why I made the remark – Noosrep Dec 9 '13 at 11:04

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