Is there a setting (or hidden preference) to tell Inkscape's to show only a couple specific file formats in the "Save as"/"Export" menu (out of the 20+ choices available) and ignore the rest? I'm interested in a method for MacOS (11 Big Sur), but other solutions might be useful to others for reference.

I use Inkscape (1.1.1) pretty frequently at work. We save and archive the .svg files and export to .pdf (for embedding in LaTeX) – all within Inkscape's GUI, via the "File > Save as" function. We consistently need these two formats, and only ever these two.

With every edit or later revision of an image, there is a good amount of back and forth between formats. Picking/clicking the desired format from the 25 items in the drop-down list is a somewhat tedious and error-prone proposition (what with the notoriously laggy GUI on Mac and the drop-down menus disappearing when not being clicked).

I am aware of one possible workaround (save SVG and export PDF via command line), but we are looking for a solution within the GUI that allows to narrow down the visible formats to only these two:

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I couldn't find anything in the "Inkscape > Preferences" menu, nor in the system files where the preferences are stored (/Users/~/Library/Application Support/org.inkscape.Inkscape). Any help would be appreciated!

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    – Mensch
    Commented Dec 17, 2021 at 18:38
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    Hi. There's no such functionality as far as I'm aware. You'd need to reprogram the application, which is way beyond the scope of GDSE.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Dec 17, 2021 at 19:37
  • @BillyKerr: I see. I'll post a feature request then, in case the dev team deems this a useful feature. Thank you!
    – marquinho
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 11:48

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This is not a direct answer. But you don't need to scroll through all the items on that drop-down list. You can simply change the extension of the file in the Name box and click Save button (or hit Enter). Inkscape will automatically guess the format from the extension and save the document accordingly.


Inkscape 1.2 (now in beta release) redesigned the export dialog. By default*, you can export only to the following formats:

[Export formats1

*: You can show all the formats from the settings.

  • Thanks! My requested solution is actually impossible, as was pointed out, so I find your workaround very helpful!
    – marquinho
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 11:49
  • Interesting to learn that 1.2 won't show the complete list by default. In which tab of the settings will the option to switch this back on, be? Commented Feb 10, 2022 at 9:29
  • @samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz: You can access the settings from this tab: i.imgur.com/jXjqTNc.png Note that this is relevant only for the "Export" dialog independent from the ordinary "Save" and "Save as" list.
    – s.ouchene
    Commented Feb 10, 2022 at 13:20
  • @s.ouchene Thanks a lot! Commented Feb 10, 2022 at 13:33

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