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I am using Inkscape 0.92 on Ubuntu 18.04. When I try to draw a circle or an oval the object draws as shown below.
This is not a color, transparancy, or draw order issue. Do I need to reinstall Inkscape to an earlier version?

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Look at the Tool Controls Bar along the top, for the Ellipse Tool.

Hit the "Whole Ellipse" button shown highlighted in red here

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Also make sure the Ellipse has a coloured fill (not white) or a stroke (not white) applied, otherwise it will be invisible! You can change the fill or stroke in the Fill and Stroke Panel (Shift+Ctrl+F).

Note that 0.92 is old, although that isn't the source of your problem. The most recent version of Inkscape to date is 1.0.1

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  • Thanks @Billy Kerr, that was the fix. I appreciate your help and have accepted your answer. I did upgrade to 1.0.1 and had the same issue but again, your answer solved my problem. – GBG Jan 9 at 0:45
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I haven’t encountered this issue while using Inkscape or seen it before. I believe that updating to Inkscape 1.0 may work. Hope this helps!

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