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I have two text boxes which were created by selecting the text tool, and dragging out a rectangle of approximately the right size. Now I would like to make sure they are the same width. If I select the text boxes with the text tool, I can only resize by dragging with the mouse. If I select them with the arrow tool, I can resize by typing in a precise width on the Tool Controls Bar. But this will stretch the text and looks horrible.

Is there a way to make sure the text boxes have the same width, or will I have to eyeball it?

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  1. Select the text box
  2. Open the XML editor in Inkscape by clicking on the XML icon in the top toolbar. (or click Edit > XML Editor). The XML editor will open highlighting the selected svg:flowRoot id object in the XML
  3. Expand the items below the highlighted entry until you find the svg:rect id
  4. Select the Width, type a new width, and press CTRL+Enter to commit the change.

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  • This is not what my SVG structure looks like. I have a svg:tspan inside svg:text inside svg:g. There is no svg:flowRoot Jan 31 at 12:05
  • @jameshfisher this question was not answered for you, and it's a 4 year old answer. Inkscape has had updates since I answered this, and the functionality is different now. You may need to ask this as a new question.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 31 at 12:19
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Do not use the text tool for reflowing. Instead:

  1. Create a rectangle.
  2. Select the rectangle and the text.
  3. Text > Flow into Frame.
  4. Resize the rectangle to the desired flow region.

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