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).

Modified in v0.47:

Clipboard:  As of v0.47 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. Prior to v0.47, only text could be copied to other instances of Inkscape and other applications. It has always been possible to copy and 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.