Is there anyway to break up a polygon into paths? Actually what I want to do is to change the colour and dash of certain sides of the polygon, but that seems like the straight forward way. I can't seem to make this work. I know I could draw the polygon from scratch but that seems tedious given that there exists a polygon drawing tool...

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Indeed, it does require a few steps:

  1. Select the polygon
  2. Execute the menu command Paths->Object to path
  3. Select the Node tool (F2)
  4. Select the polygon's nodes at the vertices with Shift + click
  5. Click on the "Break path at selected nodes" button enter image description here
  6. execute the menu command Path->break Apart (ctrl + shift + k)

There you are, just unselect the objects, and you can now select the lines individually. You probably will want to make use of Objects->group to stick the lines together in the polygon after you are done.

  • Well I'll be damned, that actually worked and I feel really stupid knowing the solution was so simple. Anyway, thanks a ton! Commented Feb 19, 2014 at 15:18

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