General Settings

You can access the General Category of the preferences by first going to Settings ‣ Configure Krita… menu item.


Cursor Settings

Customize the drawing cursor here:

Cursor Shape

Select a cursor shape to use while the brush tools are used. This cursor will always be visible on the canvas. It is usually set to a type exactly where your pen nib is at. The available cursor types are shown below.

Tool Icon

Shows the currently selected tool icon, even for the freehand brush.


Shows a generic cursor.


Shows a precision reticule.


Small circle

Shows a small white dot with a black outline.

No Cursor

Show no cursor, useful for tablet-monitors.


Triangle Right-Handed.

Gives a small white triangle with a black border.

Triangle Left-Handed.

Same as above but mirrored.

Black Pixel

Gives a single black pixel.

White Pixel

Gives a single white pixel.


Outline Shape

Select an outline shape to use while the brush tools are used. This cursor shape will optionally show in the middle of a painting stroke as well. The available outline shape types are shown below. (pictures will come soon)

No Outline

No outline.

Circle Outline

Gives a circular outline approximating the brush size.

Preview Outline

Gives an outline based on the actual shape of the brush.

Tilt Outline

Gives a circular outline with a tilt-indicator.

While Painting…

Show Outline

This option when selected will show the brush outline while a stroke is being made. If unchecked the brush outline will not appear during stroke making, it will show up only after the brush stroke is finished. This option works only when Brush Outline is selected as the Cursor Shape.

Changed in version 4.1: Used to be called “Show Outline When Painting”.

Use effective outline size

New in version 4.1.

This makes sure that the outline size will always be the maximum possible brush diameter, and not the current one as affected by sensors such as pressure. This makes the cursor a little less noisy to use.

Cursor Color:

The default cursor color. This is mixed with the canvas image so that it will usually have a contrasting color, but sometimes this mixing does not work. This is usually due driver problems. When that happens, you can configure a more pleasant color here.

Window Settings

Multiple Document Mode

This can be either tabbed like GIMP or Painttool Sai, or subwindows, like Photoshop.

Background image

Allows you to set a picture background for subwindow mode.

Window Background

Set the color of the subwindow canvas area.

Don’t show contents when moving sub-windows

This gives an outline when moving windows to work around ugly glitches with certain graphics-cards.

Show on-canvas popup messages

Whether or not you want to see the on-canvas pop-up messages that tell you whether you are in tabbed mode, rotating the canvas, or mirroring it.

Enable Hi-DPI support

Attempt to use the Hi-DPI support. It is an option because we are still experiencing bugs on windows.

Allow only one instance of Krita

An instance is a single entry in your system’s task manager. Turning this option makes sure that Krita will check if there’s an instance of Krita open already when you instruct it to open new documents, and then have your documents opened in that single instance. There’s some obscure uses to allowing multiple instances, but if you can’t think of any, just keep this option on.

Tools Settings

In docker (default)

Gives you the tool options in a docker.

In toolbar

Gives you the tool options in the toolbar, next to the brush settings. You can open it with the \ key.

Brush Flow Mode

In Krita 4.2 the behavior of flow in combination with opacity was changed. This allows you to turn it back to the 4.1 behavior. This will however be removed in future versions.

Switch Control/Alt Selection Modifiers

This switches the function of the Ctrl and Alt keys when modifying selections. Useful for those used to Gimp instead of Photoshop, or Lefties without a right Alt key on their keyboard.

Enable Touchpainting

This allows finger painting with capacitive screens. Some devices have both capacitive touch and a stylus, and then this can interfere. In that case, just toggle this.

Activate transform tool after pasting

New in version 4.2.

A convenience feature. When enabling this, the transform tool will activate after pasting for quick moving or rotating.

Kinetic Scrolling (Needs Restart)

This enables kinetic scrolling for scrollable areas.


Kinetic scrolling on the brush chooser drop-down with activation mode set to On Click Drag, with this disabled all of these clicks would lead to a brush being selected regardless of drag motion.


How it is activated.

On Middle-Click Drag

Will activate when using the middle mouse button.

On Touch Drag

Will activate if it can recognize a touch event. May not always work.

On Click Drag

Will activate when it can recognize a click event, will always work.


How quickly the feature activates, this effective determines the length of the drag.

Hide Scrollbar

Whether to show scrollbars when doing this.

File Handling

New in version 4.2.

Enable Autosaving

Determines whether or not Krita should periodically autosave.

Autosave Every

Here the user can specify how often Krita should autosave the file, you can tick the checkbox to turn it off. For Windows these files are saved in the %TEMP% directory. If you are on Linux it is stored in /home/’username’.

Unnamed autosave files are hidden by default

This determines whether the filename of autosaves has a period prepended to the name. On Linux and Mac OS this is a technique to ensure the file is hidden by default.

Create Backup File

When selected Krita will, upon save, rename the original file as a backup file and save the current image to the original name. The result is that you will have saved the image, and there will be a copy of the image that is saved separately as a backup. This is useful in case of crashes during saves.

Backup File Location

The default location these backups should be stored.

Same Folder as Original File

Store the file in the same folder as the original file was stored.

User Folder

This is the main folder of your computer. On Linux and Mac OS this is the ‘Home’ folder, on Windows, the ‘c:UsersYOUR_USER_NAME’ folder (where YOUR_USER_NAME is your windows username).

Temporary File Folder

This stored the file in the temp folder. Temp folders are special folders of which the contents are emptied when you shut down your computer. If you don’t particularly care about your backup files and want them to be ‘cleaned’ automatically, this is the best place. If you want your backup files to be kept indefinitely, this is a wrong choice.

Backup File Suffix

The suffix that will be placed after the full filename. ‘filename.kra’ will then be saved as ‘filename.kra~’, ensuring the files won’t show up in Krita’s open file dialog.

Number of Backup Files Kept

Number of backup files Krita keeps, by default this is only one, but this can be up to 99. Krita will then number the backup files.

Compress *.kra files more (slows loading/saving)

This increases the ZIP compression on the saved Krita files, which makes them lighter on disk, but this takes longer to load.

Use Zip64

KRA files are ZIP files. Zip64 allows you to use.


When Krita starts

This is the option for handling user sessions. It has the following options:

Open Default Window

This opens the regular empty window with the last used workspace.

Load Previous Session

Load the last opened session. If you have Save session when Krita closes toggled, this becomes the last files you had open and the like.

Show Session Manager

Show the session manager directly so you can pick a session.

New in version 4.1.

Save session when Krita closes

Save the current open windows, documents and the like into the current session when closing Krita so you can resume where you left off.

New in version 4.1.

Upon importing Images as Layers, convert to the image color space.

This makes sure that layers are the same color space as the image, necessary for saving to PSD.

Undo Stack Size

This is the number of undo commands Krita remembers. You can set the value to 0 for unlimited undos.

Favorite Presets

This determines the amount of presets that can be used in the pop-up palette.

Hide splash screen on startup.

This’ll hide the splash screen automatically once Krita is fully loaded.

Deprecated since version 4.1: Deprecated because Krita now has a welcome widget when no canvas is open.

Enable Native File Dialog

This allows you to use the system file dialog. By default turned off because we cannot seem to get native file dialogues 100% bugfree.

Maximum brush size

This allows you to set the maximum brush size to a size of up to 10.000 pixels. Do be careful with using this, as a 10.000 pixel size can very quickly be a full gigabyte of data being manipulated, per dab. In other words, this might be slow.

Recalculate animation cache in background.

Krita will recalculate the cache when you’re not doing anything.

Changed in version 4.1: This is now in the Performance Settings under Animation Cache.