Gimp shows no button to select a different font in the text editing tool: enter image description here

Everything I saw in tutorials has a little button you click to choose the font style, but I do not see one.

  • after all, Font Preview and Font Chooser are implemented as a ... very badly. It isn't intuitive, it isn't convenient, it isn't usable. I respect all the efforts of the developer team, but the fact is the fact Mar 20, 2020 at 5:49

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That looks like the pop-up quick toolbar that appears over the selected area. There should be a "Tool Options" tab in one of the floating toolboxes (mine is on the bottom-left side of the screen by default) that has additional options when the Text tool is selected. If it's not there you can add it to a toolbox through the little left-pointing triangle on the tab bar.


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    That will only change the font of parts of the text that have never been changed via the on-canvas dialog, though. Aug 6, 2015 at 6:00
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    i had to double click the text 'A' button to get the 'Tool Options"
    – austin
    Dec 30, 2018 at 1:28

In this on-canvas dialog, you choose a font by typing the first (few) letters of its name (in the entry that displays 'Sans' in the screenshot). Then, a selection of matching fonts pops up.

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    What happens if you don't know the name of the font you want? That seems maddeningly unhelpful of Gimp ;-) Mar 23, 2018 at 19:49
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    Then eventually someone comes along who finds this so unhelpful that they add the required code to change it - i.e. someone contributes a new feature. Mar 26, 2018 at 6:51

Click on the square box (that looks nothing like a button but actually is) next to the Font field. That will bring up all of the fonts you have stored on your computer.


  • Your image doesn't look much like the one in the question — are you sure you're running the same software? Apr 12, 2018 at 5:22
  • On March 7, 2023 this was the best answer.
    – Shawn Eary
    Mar 7 at 17:32

The pop-up text editing tool doesn't have the right functionality, so you would appear to need the default docked window for the above solutions to work.

Here's the method to restore it (if it's AWOL):

Edit > Preferences > Window Management > Reset Saved Window Positions to Default Values [src]

Then X out of GIMP and reopen, and the other solutions should work at that point.

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