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Ordering Objects (Z-Order)

The z-order 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.

Illustrating a change in Z-order.
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.

The XML Editor dialog can also be used to change z-order. There is also a Restack extension that can reorder arrays of objects.