Is there an easy way to make one handle of a node oppose the other one, in Inkscape?

For example, let us say that I have one handle that is currently at 268.31°. That needs to stay constant, but I want to make the opposite handle directly opposite it: at 88.31°. I could sit there and try to mouse the thing into the proper location, but that gets tedious fast. And snapping doesn't seem to work, because it snaps into preset locations based off of 0°. Any thoughts?

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Ctrl-click the node or use the 'Make selected nodes smooth' button in the toolbar. Smooth nodes always have their handles opposite to each other.

I don't think you can turn a node into a smooth node without it adjusting both handles, so you might have to fix the angle of them afterwards.

  • That might be what I end up doing. It's not ideal though--whenever you make a node smooth, it moves the nodes around from where they were before--it makes for problems, especially when one needs to do this over and over again. I'm trying to preserve regularity and not introduce error. Thanks for the suggestion though. It might be the best answer.
    – Adam Smith
    Jul 30, 2021 at 19:56

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