How do I copy and then paste a text box in Inkscape?


I am trying to learn Inkscape. How can I copy and then paste a text box?

If I press ctrl+C then Ctrl+V, it converts it to an image instead.

1/11/2016 1:20:00 PM

Accepted Answer

This entry on the inkscape forum describes possible reasons why @bartovan's answer doesn't always work, and how to work around them.

  1. copying from one inkscape document to another pastes as a bitmap. Cut&paste doesn't. So the workaround is to duplicate (Ctrl-D), then cut&paste.
  2. on a Mac, cut&paste still doesn't work because of a bug with X11. The workaround is to modify the settings of X11: preferences -> Pasteboard: uncheck "Update Pasteboard when CLIPBOARD changes"
11/8/2017 5:10:00 AM

If you select a text object in Inkscape with the selection tool (the arrow, F1), and then copy/paste it inside Inkscape (using eg. Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V), this produces a copy of the text object. This copy is itself also a text object.

You can also, instead of Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V, press Ctrl+D. This produces a duplicate (a copy) of the original object and places it exactly on top of it. You can do this with a text object, or any other object/path/...

Neither method produces (or should produce) a bitmap copy.

See also Copying, Pasting, and Deleting Objects and Creating Text in the Inkscape User Manual (not updated for Inkscape 0.91 but still accurate for the most part).