Inkscape User Manual

Un-official manual by Kevin Wixson

Table Of Contents

Part I. Inkscape
Chapter 5. Context


With the number and complexity of commands available to Inkscape artits expanding almost daily, Inkscape maintains a simple interface, a high level of productivity and ease of use through context sensitive controls. Inkscape makes available to the artist the set of tools most used in a given circumstance, based on what the artist is doing at the time. The controls and options available are in context to the task at hand.

The Option Bar is context sensitive. The options available in the Options Bar depends on which tool in the Toolbox the artist has selected. Likewise, other menus are context driven.

With any tool selected, right click on an empty area of the Drawing Board. In the menu that appears, seven options are available: Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Duplicate, Delete. Select the Rectangle Tool and draw any rectangle shape on the Drawing Board. Right click on the rectangle and there are an additional seven options in the menu, these relating to the object that was clicked.



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This manual is my scratch pad and development site for the Inkscape documentation project. Documentation that appears here may eventually work its way into the official Inkscape documentation, and changes to the Inkscape documentation may work it's way into this draft. It is a work in progress, so please don't mind the mess. Anything that appears here is GPL'ed under the usual licenses for GPL documentation, yada, yada, yada, or has been dedicated to the public domain. For a list of those elements that have been placed in the public domain, please click here.

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