I have an unfilled circle on which I want to draw smaller filled circles. I want to make sure that the center of the small circles is snapped to the stroke of the largest one, to ensure harmonious distribution of the shapes.

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However, even enabling "Snap to objects", I'm not sure that's what I get. There doesn't seem to be a center handle to snap on the stroke.

Any suggestion?

2 Answers 2


In the Snap Controls Bar select the following options:

  • Enable snapping
  • Snap nodes paths and handles
  • Snap to paths
  • Snap other points
  • Snap centres of objects

Here's the result

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  • Ah, I was missing some of the snapping options, thanks!
    – mrgou
    Commented May 7, 2019 at 6:19

Use polar arrangement:

  • Create as many small circles as you need
  • Create a circle, arc or ellipse on which to arrange the circles, keep it selected
  • Shift+click to select the small circles
  • Object > Arrange (the last item)
  • second tab 'Polar coordinates'
  • Arrange



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