The computer I'm currently using (Lenovo ThinkPad, Windows 10) doesn't have a DVD-ROM drive, so I can't install an old version of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. I'm making do with GIMP 2.10.14. It's one headache after another to do simple things I took for granted on Photoshop Elements. It's as if they went out of their way to put each thing in the place you least expect.
Even a simple Java program can query system properties and find a user's home folder and temporary data folder. It's not guaranteed, but you can usually find the following folders in a user's home folder: Documents, Images (or Pictures), Music and Videos. I've used Photoshop and Photoshop Elements on Mac OS and Windows, and they always correctly identify Images or Pictures as the default folder to save images to.
But not GIMP. For some reason, GIMP chooses Documents as the default folder. The damn thing doesn't even remember where I saved in the previous session. I suppose it could be worse, it could be saving to the .android or the 3D Objects folder in my home folder.
While researching ways to keep API keys out of Git repositories, I came across the idea of putting API keys in environment variables. It occurred to me that maybe GIMP is relying on some environment variable that's set incorrectly.
Is that it? Or is it something else? If I can't get GIMP to remember at the beginning of a session where it last saved in the previous session, can I least get GIMP to choose the Images or Pictures folder as its go-to for saving files?
Note: I started typing this question on Stack Overflow but because the solution might not involve programming or scripting, it was suggested I should post it here. Or maybe it should go on Graphic Design, I don't know, it doesn't seem like a graphic design question.