Glad it worked for you Barry. I think your complaint is valid. I only found it 
by accident.
Once I had, I put a shortcut to it on my desktop.
To put the Gimp icon on the shortcut, I found it in the same file.

(Gimp newbie)

From: Barry Callanan 
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 1:50 AM
To: Rick Strong 
Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] gimp-user-list Digest, Vol 52, Issue 24

Yes Rick
I found 'bin' folder thank you
but there were no .exe files
one of the 5 or so 'application tools' was 'gimp-2.8'
as you said double clicking on this did the trick.

It would have been nice to have some instructions about this
and also a desk top starting icon set up.

But I had best forget this and start it this way
and spend a lot of time on the help manual.

On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 11:47 AM, Barry Callanan <> wrote:

  Thanks Rick - will get to it ASAP.

  On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 10:09 AM, Rick Strong <> wrote:

    I don't know what platform you are on Barry, I'm on Win, but try looking 
for a "Bin" folder among the Gimp folders.

    You MAY find the Gimp executable file: "gimp-2.8.exe". Double clicking on 
that should start it (no guarantees).

    Good luck,

    -----Original Message----- From: Barry Callanan
    Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 4:39 PM
    Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] gimp-user-list Digest, Vol 52, Issue 24 

    I'm still wondering why
    there is no way to start gimp
    after an apparently successful installation.

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