Start with Inkscape


Inkscape shows a window per edited document. Each window contains the toolbars, and a white, empty area.

In this manual, we use the ‘Large’ view which puts the first toolbar on the right. You can get this view with the menu: ‘View > Large’.

  • The application menubar along the top provides general menu options. Some are similar to other software programs (‘File > Save’, ‘Edit > Copy’, etc.) and there are also Inkscape-specific ones.
  • The tool controls bar just below is contextual, and displays options for the currently selected tool.
  • Vertically on the left, the toolbox contains the main drawing tools. Only one tool can be selected at once.
  • The large blank area is the canvas, where the image is edited. A black outline represents the visible page, A4 format by default (at least in the French edition of the software).
  • On the right, the left-most toolbar is the commands bar which gives quick access to common commands which are also available via the dropdown menus.
  • The right-most toolbar is the snap controls bar and allows to configure snapping.
  • There are rulers at the top and on the left of the canvas, to help with sale and guideline placement.
  • Scrollbars are available to the right and bottom of the canvas to move around.
  • The color palette toolbar is situated near the bottom of the window.
  • At the very bottom, the status bar contains various information, such as the colour of the selected object, layers, a status bar, cursor coordinates, and zoom level.

Other options are available via popup dialog boxes which will appear attached to the right of the canvas.

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