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
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 10:26
  • @PärLundqvist why don't you ask this on this site as a new question? I don't know the answer.
    – guettli
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 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??
    – user9447
    Commented Jan 10, 2018 at 18:16
  • Since I think the sane default is not here yet.
    – guettli
    Commented Jan 10, 2018 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
    Commented Jan 11, 2018 at 23:49

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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
    Commented Aug 18, 2017 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
    Commented Jan 10, 2018 at 18:05
  • I can't find this small lock. Can you give a screenshot? Thank you.
    – Gerrie
    Commented Feb 24, 2021 at 6:59
  • @cyj: see edit for an alternative shot from recent Inkscape 1.02
    – Takkat
    Commented Feb 27, 2021 at 7:45
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    It is literally the smallest lock I have ever seen. I hope Inkscape can make it look more noticable.
    – Shaun Han
    Commented Jun 6, 2022 at 5:38

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
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 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. Commented Jan 19, 2018 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
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 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 Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 14:09
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    @MateuszKonieczny good point. I created an issue: gitlab.com/inkscape/inbox/issues/1375
    – guettli
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 16:12

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