Creating and Opening Files

Upon starting, Inkscape normally creates a new blank drawing using the default template. This template can be changed by editing or replacing the file inkscape/templates/default.svg; see the section called “Custom Templates” in Chapter 24, Customization.

Depending on how your operating system is set up, a preexisting Inkscape drawing may be opened by clicking on the drawing's icon or by giving the drawing's filename as a command-line argument. Drawings in other formats may be opened the same way if Inkscape supports the format. The supported formats are the same as those that can be imported into an existing drawing (see the section called “Importing Files” in this chapter for a list).

The following commands for creating and opening files are found under the File menu: