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I found GIMP 2.8 has changed quite a lot, you can't just open the file, modify and save it with CTRL + s anymore, instead, you must use export function, which is CTRL + Shift + e, and select a image format, is there anyway of doing the old stuff ?

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Can't you use File -> Overwrite (Alt-F W)? You can assign that to a keyboard shortcut in Edit -> Keyboard Shortcuts – daniel kullmann Jul 10 '12 at 7:46
@danielkullmann wired, Overwrite XX can be used only once, after that you had to use export XX to do the same thing – warl0ck Jul 10 '12 at 7:54
But this has an easy shortcut then: Ctrl-E. – daniel kullmann Jul 10 '12 at 7:55
But I agree: it is a strange behaviour. – daniel kullmann Jul 10 '12 at 7:56
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It was probably changed so that it defaults to saving the .xcf format, which retains all of Gimp's layers and whatnot. Keeps graphic developers from saving as a .jpg which flattens all their work.

If it bothers you, go change the shortcut keys so that CTRL-S does the export function instead of the xcf save.

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