I have a new installation of Inkscape 1.2 on a Windows 10 system.

Every time I draw a box, it has no outline; I have to turn on the Stroke. So I'd like to make that default.

I select a box which has the stroke I want, and go to the Properties with Shift-Ctrl-P, and select the Box1 Rectangle tool under Shapes. When I click on the "Take from Selection" button, it doesn't "take" the Stroke setting: it stays none.

If I go to the Pen tool instead and click on its "Take from Selection", that works: the Stroke changes, and then I see that various kinds of curves use a line which matches my original box.

Why doesn't the Box Rectangle tool like settings taken from an object of its kind?

  1. I miswrote "Box" in the first draft of the question, but the remarks apply to the Shapes->Rectangle item in the Tools defaults panel.
  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. It's likely because 3D boxes created with that tool are actually made up of separate objects. There's several sets of attributes that would apply to each face of the box. And so "Take from selection" doesn't really seem to work with that tool as far as I can tell. Perhaps that option shouldn't really be displayed at all. A potential bug? Perhaps you should report it.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 29, 2023 at 1:23
  • @BillyKerr I think I'm giving up on that dumpster fire. Inkscape used to be merely hard to use. Now I can't even get it to remember stroke settings for a new box.
    – Kaz
    Jun 29, 2023 at 4:19
  • That's a shame. I like Inkscape a lot. All vector image editors can be a bit of a pain as they are complex applications. Also Inkscape has had quite a revamp in recent years, so some things have changed position, and some tool behaviours have changed too. As for the 3D box tool, I tend to keep it set up to "Use tool's own style" in preferences. That way it's less troublesome, and changes to fills or strokes can be made afterwards.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 29, 2023 at 9:25
  • You even can select all your boxes after you've finished making them, and change the strokes in one go.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 29, 2023 at 9:35
  • @BillyKerr I'm not using any 3D boxes. Just 2D. So the Box tool in Properties is actually the 3D Box tool? In that case the Pen tool should determine the properties for all 2D work? When I change its properties, different kinds of path objects use those properties, but not the 2D box.
    – Kaz
    Jun 29, 2023 at 16:16

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this usaly happens when you updated from older version and Preferences form old version are not compatible with new version. I recommend Reseting your preferences .

  1. Edit-preferences-system - Reset preferences
  2. Restart Inkscape

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