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Inkscape Shortcut Keys

Inkscape is a free and open-supply vector photographs editor; it can be used to create or edit vector photographs along with illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, trademarks and complex art work. Inkscape’s primary vector images format is Scalable Vector graphics (SVG), however many different codecs may be imported and exported.

Shift+Ctrl+F – Fill and Stroke
Shift+Ctrl+W – Swatches
Shift+Ctrl+T – Text and Font
Shift+Ctrl+M – Transform
Shift+Ctrl+L – Layers
Shift+Ctrl+A – Align and Distribute
Shift+Ctrl+O – Object Properties
Shift+Ctrl+H – Undo history
Shift+Ctrl+X – XML Editor
Shift+Ctrl+D – Document Preferences
Shift+Ctrl+P – Inkscape Preferences
Shift+Ctrl+E – Export to PNG
Ctrl+F – Find
Shift+Alt+B – Trace bitmap
F12 – Toggle dialogs – This temporarily hides all open dialogs; another F12 shows them again
Esc – Within a dialog return to the canvas
Ctrl+F4/Ctrl+W – Within a dialog close the dialog
Tab – Within a dialog jump to next widget
Shift+Tab – Within a dialog jump to previous widget
Enter – Within a dialog set the new value – This accepts the new value you typed in a text field and returns focus to canvas
Ctrl+Enter – In XML Editor, set the attr value When editing an attribute value in XML Editor, this sets the new value (same as Clicking the Set attribute button)
SpacebarthenEnter – Activate current button or list
Ctrl+Page Up/Ctrl+Page Down – In a multi-tab dialog, switch tabs
Alt+X – Jump to the first editable field
Enter – Accept the new value
Esc – Cancel changes, return to canvas
Ctrl+Z – Cancel changes
Tab – Jump to next field
Shift+Tab – Jump to previous field
Up Arrow/Down Arrow – Change value by 01
Page Up/Page Down – Change value by 50
= – Zoom in
– Zoom out
Middle Click, Ctrl+Right Click – Zoom in
Shift+middle Click, Shift+Right Click – Zoom out
Ctrl+Mouse wheel – Zoom in or out
Shift+Middle button Drag – Zoom into the area
Alt+Z – Activate Zoom field – The Zoom field in the lower left corner of the window allows you to specify Zoom level precisely
1 – Zoom 1:1
2 – Zoom 1:2
3 – Zoom to selection
4 – Zoom to drawing
5 – Zoom to page
Ctrl+E,6 – Zoom to page width
` – Previous Zoom
Shift+` – Next Zoom
Ctrl+Arrows – Scroll canvas – Scrolling by keys is accelerated, ie it speeds up when you press Ctrl+Arrows in quick succession, or press and hold
Middle button Drag – Pan canvas
Shift+right button Drag, Ctrl+right button Drag – Pan canvas
Mouse wheel – Scroll canvas vertically
Shift+Mouse wheel – Scroll canvas horizontally
Mouse Drag – Drag off a ruler to create guide
|,Shift+\ – Toggle guides and snapping to guides
#,Shift+3 – Toggle grid and snapping to grid
Ctrl+keypad 5 – Toggle normal/outline mode
Click – Set fill color on selection
Shift+Click – Set stroke color on selection
Mouse Drag – Drag fill color to objects
Shift+Mouse Drag – Drag stroke color to objects
Ctrl+N – Create new document
Ctrl+O – Open an SVG document
Shift+Ctrl+E – Export to PNG
Ctrl+I – Import bitmap or SVG
Ctrl+P – Print document
Ctrl+S – Save document
Shift+Ctrl+S – Save under a new name
Shift+Ctrl+Alt+S – Save a copy
Ctrl+Q – Exit Inkscape
Ctrl+R – Toggle rulers
Ctrl+B – Toggle scrollbars
F11 – Toggle fullscreen
F10 – Main menu
Shift+F10,Right Click – Drop-down (context) menu
Ctrl+F4,Ctrl+W – Close document window – This shuts down Inkscape if it was the only document window open
Ctrl+Tab – Next document window
Shift+Ctrl+Tab – Previous document window – These cycle through the active document windows forward and backward
Shift+Page Up – Move to layer above
Shift+Page Down – Move to layer below
Shift+Ctrl+Page Up – Raise layer
Shift+Ctrl+Page Down – Lower layer
Shift+Ctrl+Home – Raise layer to top
Shift+Ctrl+End – Lower layer to bottom
Shift+Ctrl+Y,Ctrl+Z – Undo
Shift+Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Y – Redo
Ctrl+C – Copy selection – This places a copy of the selection to the Inkscape clipboard Text from text objects is also placed onto the system clipboard
Ctrl+X – Cut selection – This works the same as copy selection followed by deleting the selection
Ctrl+V – Paste clipboard – This places the clipboard objects at the Mouse cursor, or at the center of the window if Mouse is outside the canvas
Ctrl+Alt+V – Paste in place – This places the clipboard objects to the original location from which they were copied
Ctrl+D – Duplicate selection
Alt+D – Clone object – A clone can be Moved/Scaled/Rotated/skewed independently, but it updates the path, fill, and stroke from its original
Shift+Alt+D – Unlink clone – Unlinking a clone cuts the link to the original, turning the clone into a plain copy
Shift+D – Select original – To find out which object this is a clone of, select the clone and give this command The original will be selected
Alt+B – Create a bitmap copy
Shift+Alt+B – Trace bitmap – This opens the Trace Bitmap dialog allowing you to convert a bitmap object to path(s)
Alt+I – Object(s) to pattern – This converts the selection to a rectangle with tiled pattern fill
Shift+Alt+I – Pattern to object(s) – Each selected object with pattern fill is broken into the same object without fill and a single pattern object
Shift+Ctrl+U, Ctrl+G – Group selected objects – Use Ctrl+Click to select objects within group
Shift+Ctrl+G, Ctrl+U – Ungroup selected group(s) – This reMoves only one level of grouping; press Ctrl+U repeatedly to ungroup nested groups
Home – Raise selection to top
End – Lower selection to bottom
Page Up – Raise selection one step
Page Down – Lower selection one step
Shift+Ctrl+C – Convert selected object(s) to path
Ctrl+Alt+C – Convert stroke to path
Ctrl++ – Union – Union combines any number of objects into a single path, removing overlaps
Ctrl+- – Difference -Difference works on 2 objects, extracting the top from the bottom
Ctrl+* – Intersection – Intersection creates a path representing the common (overlapping) area of all selected objects
Ctrl+^ – Exclusive OR (XOR) – XOR is similar to Union, except that it works on 2 objects and reMoves areas where the objects overlap
Ctrl+/ – Division (cut) – Division cuts the bottom object into pieces by the top object, preserving the fill and stroke of the bottom
Ctrl+Alt+/ – Cut path
Ctrl+( – Inset path (towards center)
Ctrl+) – Outset path (away from center) – The default offset distance is 2 px (SVG pixel units, not screen pixels)
Alt+( – Inset path by 1 pixel
Alt+) – Outset path by 1 pixel
Shift+Alt+( – Inset path by 10 pixels
Shift+Alt+) – Outset path by 10 pixels – The actual distance for pixel offsets depends on Zoom level Zoom in for finer adjustment
Ctrl+J – Create dynamic offset
Ctrl+Alt+J – Create linked offset
Shift+D – Select source
Ctrl+K – Combine paths
Shift+Ctrl+K – Break paths apart – This attempts to break an object into constituent paths; it will fail if the object is one solid path
Ctrl+L – Simplify
Tab – Select next object
Shift+Tab – Select previous object –
Ctrl+A – Select all (current layer) – This works on objects within the current layer (unless you change that in preferences)
Ctrl+Alt+A – Select all (all layers)
! – Invert selection (current layer)
Alt+! – Invert selection (all layers)
Esc – Deselect
BackSpacebar/Del – Delete selection
Arrow Keys – Move selection by the nudge distance
Shift+Arrow Keys – Move selection by 10x nudge distance
Alt+Arrows – Move selection by 1 pixel
Alt+Shift+Arrows – Move selection by 10 pixels
> – Scale selection up by the Scale step
< – Scale selection down by the Scale step
Ctrl+> – Scale selection to 200%
Ctrl+< – Scale selection to 50%
Alt+> – Scale selection up by 1 pixel
Alt+< – Scale selection down by 1 pixel
, – Rotate selection by the angle step
Ctrl+[,Ctrl+] – Rotate selection by 90 degrees
Alt+[,Alt+] – Rotate selection by 1 pixel
H – Flip selection horizontally
V – Flip selection vertically
Click – Select an object
Shift+Click – Toggle selection
Double-Click – Edit the object
Ctrl+Click – Select within group
Ctrl+Shift+Click – Toggle selection within group
Alt+Click – Select under
Shift+Alt+Click – Toggle under
Ctrl+Alt+Click – Select under, in groups
Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Click – Toggle under, in groups
Ctrl+Enter – Enter group
Ctrl+BackSpace – Go to parent group/layer
Mouse Drag – Select multiple objects
Shift+Mouse Drag – Add objects to selection
Mouse Drag – Select and Move
Alt+Mouse Drag – Move selected
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Restrict Movement to horizontal or vertical
Shift+Mouse Drag – Temporarily disable snapping
Mouse Drag,Spacebar – Drop a copy
Click – Toggle Scale/rotation handles
Mouse Drag – Scale (Scale handles)
Mouse Drag – Rotate or skew (rotation handles)
Mouse Drag – Scale
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Scale preserving aspect ratio
Shift+Mouse Drag – Symmetric transformation
Alt+Mouse Drag – Slow Movement
Mouse Drag – Rotate or skew
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Snap skew angle
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Snap rotation angle
Mouse Drag – Move rotation center
Shift+Click – Reset rotation center
Esc – Cancel rubberband, Move, transformation
Tab – Select next node
Shift+Tab – Select previous node
Ctrl+A – Select all nodes in subpath(s)
Ctrl+Alt+A – Select all nodes in path
! – Invert selection in subpath(s)
Alt+! – Invert selection in path
Esc – Deselect all nodes
Arrow Keys – Move selected node(s) by the nudge distance
Shift+Arrow Keys – Move selected node(s) by 10x nudge distance
Alt+Arrow Keys – Move selected node(s) by 1 pixel
Alt+Shift+Arrow Keys – Move selected node(s) by 10 pixels
</> – Contract/expand both handles by Scale step
Left Ctrl+<,Left Ctrl+> – Scale left handle by the Scale step
Right Ctrl+<,Right Ctrl+> – Scale right handle by the Scale step
Left Alt+</Left Alt+> – Scale left handle by 1 pixel
Right Alt+</Right Alt+> – Scale right handle by 1 pixel
[,] – Rotate both handles by the angle step
Left Ctrl+, Left Ctrl+] – Rotate left handle by the angle step
Right Ctrl+, Right Ctrl+] – Rotate right handle by the angle step
Left Alt+, Left Alt+] – Rotate left handle by 1 pixel
Right Alt+, Right Alt+] – Rotate right handle by 1 pixel
,/ > – Scale nodes up by the Scale step
,,/< – Scale nodes down by the Scale step
Alt+,/Alt+> – Scale nodes up by 1 pixel
Alt+,,/Alt+< – Scale nodes down by 1 pixel
[, ] – Rotate nodes by the angle step
Alt+[,Alt+] – Rotate nodes by 1 pixel
H – Flip nodes horizontally
V – Flip nodes vertically
Shift+L – Make line
Shift+U – Make curve
Shift+C – Make cusp
Shift+S – Make smooth
Shift+Y – Make symmetric
Ctrl+Click – Toggle smooth/cusp/symmetric
Shift+J – Join selected nodes
Shift+B – Break selected node(s)
BackSpace/Del – Delete selected node(s)
Ctrl+BackSpace/Ctrl+Del – Delete without preserving shape
Ctrl+Alt+Click – Create/delete node
Double Click – Create node
Insert – Insert new node(s)
Shift+D – Duplicate selected node(s)
Click – Click a non-selected object to select
Alt+Click – Select under
Shift+Click – Toggle selection
Click – Select a node
Click – Select two adjacent nodes
Shift+Click – Toggle selection
Click – Deselect
Mouse Drag – Select multiple nodes
Shift+Mouse Drag – Add nodes to selection
Mouse Drag – Move selected nodes
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Restrict Movement to horizontal or vertical
Ctrl+Alt+Mouse Drag – Move along handles
Shift+Mouse Drag – Temporarily disable snapping
Shift+Mouse Drag – Drag out handle
Mouse Drag – Move a node handle
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Snap the handle to angle steps
Shift+Mouse Drag – Rotate both handles
Alt+Mouse Drag – Lock the handle length
Ctrl+Click – Retract the handle
Shift+R – Reverse path direction
Esc – Cancel rubberband or Move
Mouse Drag – Draw a rectangle
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Make a square or integer-ratio rectangle
Shift+Mouse Drag – Draw around the starting point
Click – Click an object to select
Alt+Click/Ctrl+Alt+Click – Select under
Shift+Click – Toggle selection
Mouse Drag – Drag a handle to resize or round corners
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Lock width, height, or ratio (resize handles)
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Lock the corner circular (rounding handles)
Esc – Deselect
Mouse Drag – Draw an ellipse
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Make circle or integer-ratio ellipse
Shift+Mouse Drag – Draw around the starting point
Click – Click an object to select
Alt+Click,Ctrl+Alt+Click – Select under
Shift+Click – Toggle selection
Mouse Drag – Drag a handle to resize, Make arc or segment
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Lock circle (resize handles)
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Snap to angle steps (arc/segment handles)
Esc – Deselect
Mouse Drag – Draw a star
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Snap star to angle steps
Click – Click an object to select
Alt+Click – Sselect under
Shift+Click – Toggle selection
Mouse Drag – Drag a handle to vary the star shape
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Keep star rays radial (no skew)
Shift+Mouse Drag – Round the star
Shift+Click – Remove rounding
Alt+Mouse Drag – Randomize the star
Alt+Click,Ctrl+Alt+Click – Remove randomization
Esc – Deselect
Mouse Drag – Draw a spiral
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Snap spiral to angle steps
Click – Click an object to select
Alt+Click – Select under
Shift+Click – Toggle selection
Mouse Drag – Roll/unroll from inside (inner handle)
Alt+Mouse Drag – Converge/diverge (inner handle)
Alt+Click, Ctrl+Alt+Click – Reset divergence (inner handle)
Shift+Click – Zero inner radius (inner handle)
Mouse Drag – Roll/unroll from outside (outer handle)
Shift+Mouse Drag – Scale/Rotate (outer handle)
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Snap handles to angle steps
Esc – Deselect

Click – Create a sharp node
Shift+Click – Add to selected path
Mouse Drag – Create a bezier node with two handles
Shift+Mouse Drag – Move only one handle
Ctrl+Mouse Drag – Snap the handle to angle steps
Arrow Keys – Move last node by the nudge distance
Shift+Arrow Keys – Move last node by 10x nudge distance
Alt+Arrow Keys – Move last node by 1 pixel
Alt+Shift+Arrow Keys – Move last node by 10 pixels
Shift+L – Make last segment line
Shift+U – Make last segment curve
Enter – Finish current line
Right Click – Finish current line
Double Click – Finish current line
Esc,Ctrl+Z – Cancel current line
BackSpace,Del – Erase last segment of current line
Click – pick fill color
Shift+Click – pick stroke color
Mouse Drag – average fill color
Shift+Mouse Drag – average stroke color
Alt+Click – pick inverse color
Ctrl+C – copy color
Mouse Drag – Draw a calligraphic line
Left Arrow,Right Arrow – Adjust pen width
Up Arrow,Down Arrow – Adjust pen angle
Esc – Deselect
Mouse Drag – Create gradient
Double Click – Create default gradient
Tab – Select next handle
Shift+Tab – Select previous handle
Arrow Keys – Move selected handle by the nudge distance
Shift+Arrow Keys – Move selected handle by 10x nudge distance
Alt+Arrow Keys – Move selected handle by 1 pixel
Alt+Shift+Arrow Keys – Move selected handle by 10 pixels
Esc – Deselect handle
Double Click – Open gradient editor
Shift+R – Reverse gradient definition
Click – Click an object to select
Alt+Click – Select under
Shift+Click – Toggle selection

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