I created a rectangle with the rectangle tool and I'd like to add vertices to it. I usually double click on the edge to add a vertex but it seems like the rectangle I created is some kind of special shape that doesn't behave like other shapes.


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When you create a rectangle using the rectangle tool in Inkscape, it creates an SVG rectangle object in Inkscape, which can be seen in the XML Editor as something like <SVG:rect id="rect1234">

Here's an example:

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You can turn the rectangle into a regular editable path by clicking Path > Object to Path. This will convert the rectangle into a regular SVG path, rather than an SVG shape. Then you can add or edit the nodes as you wish.

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  • Jebus Christ, Inkscape!
    – TimSim
    Jan 7, 2018 at 16:58
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    Sep 25, 2019 at 18:48

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