Don't see explanations/options for buttons in Instrument panel (GIMP 2.10.320)


I had Gimp 2.6 and 2.8 and they both had Instrument Panel where buttons were large and below there were explanations/parameters. Now in Gimp 2.10.32 buttons are small and I don’t see where I can choose how Square selection should work - by adding or substracting from selection, etc.

Thank you

I am running the latest version GIMP 2.10.34 on a Windows computer and I appear not to have a problem. Can you post a screenshot of the problem?

If you keep the pointer over the icon it shows you what it does:


if it doesn’t, something could be interfering with the mouse (security software, screen recorder, and an Nvidia utility IIRC), and you could have other problems elsewhere (can you drag drop layers in the layers list?).

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If by Instrument Panel you mean the tool options dialog it should always be open (at least until you know gimp well) so you can see what each tool can do.
If it is not open go to ‘Windows’ > dockable dialogs> and click on tool options. First one in my list

Thanks - this exactly what was missing. Can’t even think how it can be possible to work without it if, as in my case, Selections was switched to Deduct and I could not select anything.

I attach the screenshot of the now solved problem - just in case if someone has similar problem/it will be easier to understand.