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 Jul 10, 2012 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
    – daisy
    Jul 10, 2012 at 7:54
  • But this has an easy shortcut then: Ctrl-E. Jul 10, 2012 at 7:55
  • But I agree: it is a strange behaviour. Jul 10, 2012 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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