Time for action — learning more about the main screen

When you open Inkscape for the first time, it opens a blank document automatically and you are ready to roll. However, you can just as easily open another new document by going to the main menu and selecting File | New.

You will be offered a number of choices of canvas sizes. Let's discuss the details of the canvas and some additional properties of the interface that you will use when opening documents.

The terms 'canvas' and 'page' are used interchangeably within the Inkscape interface. For simplicity, we'll refer to the canvas as the entire portion of the open document screen. A page is the portion of the canvas that is contained within the printable area—seen as a black-bordered box in the ...

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