How to Select Multiple Objects in Inkscape


Inkscape is a graphics-editing program that separates the objects in the drawing, allowing them to be edited separately from each other. To edit a stack of objects together, you must first select the objects you wish to edit. Once you have selected the objects, you can add a filter to them all at once, combine them into a single object, group them together or change their outline style.

  • Open the Inkscape file in which you want to select multiple objects. Click the selection tool, which has an icon that resembles a mouse cursor and is located on the left side of the screen. The tool reads "Select and Transform Objects" when you mouse over it.

  • Click on the first object you want to select.

  • Hold down "Shift" and click the second object. Continue to select objects while holding "Shift."

  • Select objects behind the initial selection by holding "Alt" and "Shift" together while clicking them.

  • Select many objects at once by holding down the mouse button and dragging a box around the objects you want to select. Start above and to the left of the selection group, and end below and to the right. Hold "Shift" while doing this if you are adding them to already selected objects. Deselect the objects you don't want by holding down "Shift" and clicking the object.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can select all of the objects by pressing "Ctrl" and "A" at the same time. Alternatively, pressing "Ctrl", "Alt" and "A" selects all objects in any visible, unlocked layers.

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