I have strange issues modifying a shape in Inkscape. I am designing a number 3, but see the screenshots.

When selected, the selection rectangle only covers a part of the shape:


When editing, the edit nodes are in the correct place:

Edit mode

When I hover over the shape, the outline seems correct:


I have tried:

  • saving the file and reopening - unfortunately it does not help.
  • menu Object / Mask / Release
  • menu Object / Clip / Release

What could I have done wrong and how to undo that?


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Looks like you make a clipping mask or the corresponding action in Inkscape. Try to ungroup (multiple times, if necessary) to show your entire shape again.

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    I'll try to reproduce the behavior to identify how I ended up in that situation Jul 24, 2018 at 10:24
  • Ok, whatever that is, it was part of an imported shape. I could reproduce it on that imported shape. I needed to ungroup it twice until the effect was gone. Jul 24, 2018 at 10:41
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    I incorporated the need to ungroup multiple times into the answer @ThomasWeller
    – Vincent
    Jul 24, 2018 at 11:15

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