I have copied some text from Wikipedia, went to Inkscape, and pressed Ctrl+V. So, the workspace looks like the following:

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Now, I want to take the text inside the workspace and then want to justify the text.

If I break the lines, make the text box smaller, select the entire text, and then press Justify, I see that the Justify menu item is disabled.

How can I do what I want?

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    With the Text tool, click and drag a text box the size you want. Paste the text into the text box. This is really basic stuff. I suggest you look at some beginner tutorials. There are lots on youtube.
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 20, 2022 at 1:46
  • @BillyKerr, click and drag a text box the size you want. Paste the text into the text box. --- this doesn't work in this way.
    – user366312
    Mar 20, 2022 at 1:47
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    Of course it works. see example
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 20, 2022 at 1:52
  • I had the same problem. Inkscape doesn't seem able to flow text dynamically, only when first entering it. Apr 27, 2023 at 18:34

2 Answers 2


Using the text tool click and drag, same as drawing a rectangle


You have to

  1. Select your text box
  2. select the text tool from the toolbox. This will activate the text editing menubar on top. There you can select the different justifications.

If you want to change text after the fact via the "property editor" on the right side, you have to press "apply" to activate the changes.

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