I'm not so familiar with Git GUI, but I see there is this "Browse Branch 
Files" command where you can explore the repository in a given 
branch/revision without doing anything with your working tree. Does that 
work for you?

Also, in gitk (the log visualizer), you can right click commits and say 
"Reset master branch to here". 

Then when you're done looking around in the working tree, just click "Reset 
master branch to here" on the last commit again.

Be careful with reset though, as it actually removes/rewrites history. 

I also agree, it would be nice to have a "Checkout here" thing in GitK as 
well as "Reset". Not sure why they haven't got that...

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