determines the order in which objects are drawn on the canvas. Those
object with high z-order are drawn last and
therefore drawn on top of objects with lower
z-order. The order is determined by the order
that the objects are listed in the SVG file.
The yellow star has the highest z-order on the left but the
lowest on the right.
Inkscape has a number of commands to change z-order. The
commands are available from the Menu and via Keyboard
Shortcuts. They are also available in the Tool Controls when the
Select Tool is active.
Move selected object(s) up one step.
Move selected object(s) down one step.
Raise to Top
Move selected object(s) to top.
Lower to Bottom
Move selected object(s) to bottom.
The XML Editor dialog can also be used to change z-order.
There is also a
extension that can reorder arrays of objects.