Copying, Pasting, and Deleting Objects

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:  Except for text, copying works via an internal clipboard (a place where a description of one or more objects are stored temporarily in memory). Thus, it is not possible to paste non-text objects between different instances of Inkscape or Inkscape and an external program. It is possible to paste between different drawings if they were opened via the same Inkscape process. 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:

Hitting the Space Bar while dragging or transforming an object with the mouse will “drop” a copy of the object at the current point.

Another method for copying objects, cloning, is discussed in the next section.