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I'm having difficulties with a really basic concept in Inkscape. How do I fill an enclosed path that has a line going into it? I've combined the original two paths to form one path, but filling it doesn't actually fill it. The only way I can seem to get it to work are hacks like adding a background object filled with the right color. Here's an example of my issue:

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Once we had combined paths we may not be able to fill an an enclosed area as expected:

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In the combined path above the line on the lower right will also be treated as a part of a filled area, leading to the filling artifact.

To overcome this we should apply fills on non-combined paths, or we have to break apart the objects before we apply the fill:

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If this is not possible we may use the Bucket Fill tool (Shift + F7 ). This tool will create an additional filled object within an enclosed area (see also this question):

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The 2nd option worked for me. I just had to break it apart into two different pieces at the right place. Option 3 always looks ugly to me, because it leaves that weird white line. – CorayThan May 2 '14 at 1:37
To remove the "weird white line" we can a) define a stroke to the newly created fill object or b) make it a tiny bit larger then move it down below the outlines. – Takkat May 2 '14 at 6:06

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