Originally Posted by yooperdooper
when i hit file open about 20 pics went into gimp.im not sure where they came from
And what have you tried to figure out where they came from?
There are 4 varieties of 'open' commands. Which ones have you tried? Which one opened twenty files? did it open 20 images, or one image with 20 layers? Have you played with different menus? For example, Image>Image properties will tell you where an open image came from.
I think you need to just 'play' with the program more. Try to figure stuff out. Explore the menus.