The documentation of Inkscape states (for groups)

you can only node-edit one path at a time

However, this is extremely annoying when working for instance on vectorized bitmaps which consists of several layers. In addition, I found this mentioning multipath edition being supported since 0.48...

So can multipath node-edit be performed "out-of-the-box"? Or would there be a workaround to apply e.g. the same translation to several close nodes in the group? Or at least a way to select several nodes in a group?

[EDIT] Following the answers from Scribblemacher and the comment from Moini, I can sum up the situation for inkscape 0.92 as:

  • the documentation is outdated, multiple paths edit is indeed possible
  • F1 and multiple select, then F2 works for simple ungrouped paths
  • for some (unknown) reason, the previous answer does not work on vectorized objects and manual selection of the path using node edit (F2), then Shift-click is necessary

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You can edit modes from multiple paths at once (tested with Inkscape 0.92).

  1. Using the select tool F1, select the objects with the nodes you want to edit.
  2. Change to the node tool F2

You can select objects across layers as well.

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    Yes, you certainly can do it in 0.92 - animated screenshot here
    – Billy Kerr
    Sep 28, 2018 at 17:01
  • Ok, thanks for your answers. It seems to be a little more difficult with the vectorized objects (no idea why). Just F1, select F2 did not work, I had to 1) ungroup all paths 2) set node tool with F2 3) select the paths as well as I could with Shift+click... Sep 28, 2018 at 19:20
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    I'd just select the objects with the node tool, instead of selecting them before switching. This allows you to directly select the path that is highlighted, regardless of any grouping (Ctrl + Click with selection tool does the same). Hold Shift and click on them with the node tool. Then select the nodes.
    – Moini
    Sep 28, 2018 at 22:30

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