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Is there a way to customize the default canvas size in Inkscape?

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Sure. Just start with a blank document, change the canvas size to whatever you want, and then save the document as templates/default.svg in your Inkscape config directory (~/.config/inkscape on Linux). Then restart Inkscape, and it should open with whatever document you just saved as the default template.

You can also create your own document templates (which you can access from the File → New menu) by saving files with other names in that directory.

(Ps. If your interface language is set to something other than English, you may need to save the default template as default.xx.svg instead of default.svg, where xx stands for the two-letter ISO language code of your language.)

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In windows you can find the Inkscape config directory in %appdata% (type that in the Name field of the Save dialog and press Enter). – ntrrgc May 9 '15 at 12:07
The full path under Linux and OS X is ~/.config/inkscape/templates/default.svg, for those too lazy to combine two path fragments manually. ;) – Feuermurmel Nov 19 '15 at 21:54

On top of the other reply, you can save much more changes to templates: snapping options, guides etc. This article explains that in details.

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