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I wish to draw a rectangle with no fill, but only a stroke. I would like to erase a certain portion of one side, going out from the middle. I have attached a picture of what I would like to obtain at the end:

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I know how to make the box in Inkscape, but I haven't figured out how to remove the part in the middle such that it looks symmetric. Does anyone know if it is possible to achieve this latter feature in Inkscape?

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These are the steps to create a box with a symmetrical opening in Inkscape:

Cut out method

  1. Draw two boxes, one for the resulting end box, another for defining the opening.

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  2. Select both objects and choose Object - Align and Distribute... to align to the Center on vertical axis (choose another axis for opening on the sides), relative to "Biggest object":

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  3. Cut out the small object from the big object with Path - Difference.

  4. Enter Edit path nodes mode to select four inner nodes:

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  5. Delete the segment between these nodes (make sure you had not set the node edit mode to preserve shape):

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Working with nodes

Another approach is working with nodes. This will not let you define a fixed width of the object in the way a second box allows but it is also fit to create a symmetrical opening.

  1. Create close box.
  2. Select Path - Combine to break nodes.
  3. Select two nodes in Edit node mode.
  4. Insert new node two (or more) times.

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  5. Select Object - Align and distribute.

  6. Select all nodes on base line.
  7. Choose Distribute nodes horizontally for symmetry.

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  8. Select nodes between opening.

  9. Delete segment between two selected nodes.

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