Inkscape pro tip: How to select sequential nodes in a path

Have you ever been doing path manipulations in inkscape, and needed to select nodes in a path in order, yet it is too time consuming or tedious to select them the ways you normally do? When editing a path using inkscape’s path editing tool, the most common ways to select multiple nodes is either hold shift and click each individual node:

select-individualor to click and rubber band select the nodes that you require:

rubberband

But what if you have too many nodes to select them individually, or the rubber band box selects more nodes than you need? Well, using a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can select nodes in a path in inkscape by:

  1. Clicking on a node with the path tool.
  2. Keep the pointer hovered over the node
  3. Hold down the control key, and wheel the scroll wheel up. Inkscape will select the next nodes in the path:

selecting_nodes

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2 thoughts on “Inkscape pro tip: How to select sequential nodes in a path

    • I don’t think there is a way to do this without a mouse or trackpad. Most trackpads now have some sort of scroll funtionality (two finger scroll or a scroll area on the right). Those work well with this feature.

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