Inkscape includes commands to copy, paste, and delete objects. Commands of this type can be found in three places: Under the Edit menu (see below), in the Command Bar (Cut, Copy, Paste, and Duplicate), and in the pop-up menu when you Right Mouse Click over the canvas (Cut, Copy, Paste, Duplicate, and Delete).
Clipboard: Inkscape uses the system-wide clipboard (a place where a description of one or more objects is stored temporarily in memory). You can copy and paste between different instances of Inkscape and other applications that support SVG. Adding an object or group of objects (a selection) to the clipboard removes any previous selection stored in the clipboard.
The commands available under the Edit menu are:
Modified for v0.48:
→ (Alt+B): The selection is exported as a bitmap then pasted back into the drawing at the same place. The original objects remain unchanged. In v0.47 the exported bitmap is not stored in the SVG file. In v0.48 the bitmap is embedded in the SVG file.
The bitmap will have a resolution specified by the Resolution for Crate Bitmap Copy entry in the Bitmaps section of the Inkscape Preferences dialog. If the resolution is specified to be 90 dpi (the default) the pixels will be snapped to the pixel grid.
Another method for copying objects, cloning, is discussed in the next section.
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