Inkscape Preferences Dialog

Inkscape is most easily customizable through the Inkscape Preferences dialog (File icon Inkscape Preferences... (Shift+Ctrl+P)).

Inkscape Preferences dialog.
Inkscape Preferences Dialog.

There are too many options in the dialog to cover here. It is worthwhile to scan through the options under each entry. The most important options have already been mentioned in the text. They include: Setting the Rotation snap angle and other scaling parameters under the Step entry. Determining if transformations should be Optimized or Preserved under the Transforms entry. Setting the Default export resolution under the Misc entry.

All the preference are stored in the file preferences.xml located on Linux at ~/.inkscape/ (v0.46) or ~/.config/inkscape/ (v0.47) and on Windows at %userprofile%\Application Data\Inkscape\. There are quite a few preferences, some undocumented, that are accessible only by hand-editing this file. See the next section for some of these.