I know that I can keep aspect ratio when scaling images by pressing the Ctrl key.

But I really don't like this default.

Is there a way to modify inkscape, to make scale and keeping aspect ratio the default?

I created an issue: https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inbox/issues/1375

  • Thanks for the tip on the icon "lock"! However, the mouse's movement in Inkscape is very nervous, almost impossible to get the accuracy I want. Is not there a trick to reduce? Pär.L
    – user36621
    Jan 6 '15 at 10:26
  • @PärLundqvist why don't you ask this on this site as a new question? I don't know the answer.
    – guettli
    Jan 6 '15 at 16:00
  • I'm not sure why you're adding a bounty on a question that is almost four years old and you've accepted the answer?? Jan 10 '18 at 18:16
  • Since I think the sane default is not here yet.
    – guettli
    Jan 10 '18 at 20:18
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    If you placed a bounty on this to try and get more answers, you might want to unselect the chosen answer. People, in general, may not even bother with answering if they see an answer has already been marked "correct".
    – Scott
    Jan 11 '18 at 23:49

When scaling an object with the mouse by dragging the corner handles it is quite handy to lock the aspect ration to preserve it. This is done with a small lock symbol in the top panel:

Inkscape 1.02

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    This works great for one session! But it is not preserved when inkscape is restarted. Is there any possibility to keep this behavior across restarts?
    – Scz
    Aug 18 '17 at 7:59
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    This does not realy answer the question. The question was to make "keep aspect ratio the default".
    – guettli
    Jan 10 '18 at 18:05
  • I can't find this small lock. Can you give a screenshot? Thank you.
    – c yj
    Feb 24 at 6:59
  • @cyj: see edit for an alternative shot from recent Inkscape 1.02
    – Takkat
    Feb 27 at 7:45

Currently Inkscape doesn't support settings like this to be embedded in default templates.

A couple work arounds are to just hold down the Ctrl key while dragging the corners.

Or, once you create an object and lock proportions any new object you create will automatically have its proportions already locked.

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    I want a sane default: Lock proportions by default and this setting should survive a restart of inkscape. I want to set this once and forever.
    – guettli
    Jan 19 '18 at 7:43
  • @guettli Well that's not really possible unfortunately until they update the software. Personally I see nothing wrong with just holding down the ctrl key when scaling. Jan 19 '18 at 15:12
  • @Overyraptor for me this is not a solution. I would buy a commercial software which works on linux, if there would be one.
    – guettli
    Jan 19 '18 at 15:22
  • @guettli "Lock proportions by default and this setting should survive a restart of inkscape. I want to set this once and forever." Have you tried reporting it to the authors of the software (after checking whatever it was maybe rejected for some reason)? See gitlab.com/inkscape/inbox/issues Dec 12 '19 at 14:09
  • @MateuszKonieczny good point. I created an issue: gitlab.com/inkscape/inbox/issues/1375
    – guettli
    Dec 12 '19 at 16:12

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