GIMP Is Frozen at the Fonts


GIMP (or GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a graphics software program that lets you create and edit images. It runs on all operating systems, including Windows, the Mac OS and Linux. When you run it, it loads your system fonts and some scripts and other special files. You can see it doing this by reading the message at the bottom of the splash screen window that appears while it is loading. Sometimes, GIMP will stop running at the "Loading Fonts" step and freeze up. There are some things you can try to fix that if it happens to you.

Wait Longer

  • If this is the first time you are running GIMP, if you've just installed a new version or if you've just installed some new fonts, GIMP will take an extra long time loading the fonts the first time. It is making an index of the fonts, to speed things up a bit for the next time you use it. So if GIMP is stuck at "Loading Fonts" you might want to just wait a couple of minutes before doing anything else.

End Task or Close Program

  • If waiting doesn't help, you may have an incompatible font, or you may have too many fonts for the amount of memory on your computer. The first step is to get GIMP off the screen and stop it loading. Perform End Task or Close Program, depending on your operating system. This will clear the application off your screen and out of memory, but you will need to take the steps below to keep it from happening again.

Uninstall Some Fonts

  • If you've just added some fonts, and if GIMP worked before you did so, the choice is easy: uninstall the new fonts. This is usually done by dragging the font files out of the folder where your system stores fonts, and varies a bit for each operating system. Don't delete them, just move them so the operating system doesn't load them, and try running GIMP again. If you don't know which fonts to uninstall, you can try moving some you don't often use, or you can move them all to a new folder and re-install them one by one to see if you can identify the one that's causing the problem. Or you may find that the problem lies not with one particular font; you just have too many fonts for your computer to handle. In this case, check the step below for some ways to deal with font overload.

Organize your Fonts

  • If you are a font addict, you may just have too many fonts to load them all at once. The best way to fix this is to identify the ones you use the most. Make sure these are installed in your system. Then organize the rest in a way that makes sense to you. This might be by category, such as modern, western, old English, script, handwritten and other descriptive names. Make folders for these categories and store your fonts in these folders, and put all of the folders in another folder where your operating system will not load them. Then, when you need to use one or more of them, install them temporarily and then uninstall them when you are done.

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