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Is there a way to turn off the are you sure this is what you want your picture to look like thing at the end of saving? I just spent two hours working on a piece and forgot to press okay on it and I lost the picture

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Hello @VinCactus and Welcome to the Forum :)


I think what you are asking for is for images to be saved automatically?  I'm afraid this is not possible.  One of the very first things I learned when I started to use Paint.net was to save often.  It's very easy to get into the habit of Ctrl + S every few minutes. 


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  • toe_head2001 changed the title to Disable save prompt?
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I have exactly the same question.


I think all other image editing programs do exactly what it is meant to do - as in it physically 'saves' right away when you hit the enter button, or if we click on the 'save' button. I don't expect a software to make me jump through a hoop after I specifically had hit the 'save' button, and then the software pops-up another window that then makes the user need to click on 'ok'. And if they don't click on that 'ok' (and not be aware of it), then their work becomes lost when they inadvertently close that window - which should ideally have been saved upon the users specific command, but the system didn't save because of the need to further click on 'ok', which is counter-intuitive.


It's ok if users get a choice though, as in having an option that prompts a user to save - as in 'are you sure?'. But otherwise, the default setting should be the usual one - where the user hits 'save' (or pushes the enter key) - and then software just simply needs to do what it is meant to do - and save.


The OP is not referring to 'save automatically' or automatic timed-saves. The OP is referring to users getting taken by surprise all the time, because they assumed that the software did what is expected - that is, it should save unconditionally when the user clicks on 'save' (or when they hit the enter key). I'm pretty sure that many users will have been caught off guard by this particular behaviour with paint.net, where the software isn't doing what it is meant to do - as in just simply 'save' when the user pushes the 'save' button. And the user later comes back to their computer on some other day, just to find there is no 'image' file there in the directory, because the system did not save the file.

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Hello & welcome to the forum @SouthPark.


This thread is 3+ years old. I'll shortly lock it. If you wish to continue this discussion, please start a new thread.


Because you're new around here, I'll give you the lowdown....


PDN saves in a format that preserves information. If the format is unspecified (a New image) it's not a stretch for PDN to ask what configuration you want.


On first save for a new image, single layer images default to *.PNG. Multi-layered images default to *.PDN. These are chosen as the defaults so data is preserved.


Once saved, edits to the image will not ask for the file format again unless the parameters have changed (you added layers to a PNG for eg).

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