I am trying to increase the spacing between letters in a word in Inkscape (version 0.48) by using horizontal kerning. I am not able to select the entire word and apply the kerning value at once. I need to do it for each word in the letter. Is there a way to adjust the spacing for all the letters in the word at once?


Adjusting letter spacing is called tracking. :) Hopefully this will help you find your answer if you ask elsewhere.

From the Inkscape Forum:

  1. Switch to the Text tool.
  2. Press Ctrl+a to select all of the text.
  3. Press Alt+> or Alt+< to adjust the tracking.

If < requires a modifier for your keyboard layout, remember to press the modifier key as well.

To adjust the vertical spacing, perform the first two steps as above, but use Ctrl+Alt+> and Ctrl+Alt+< instead.

  • @chanduc: You also should consider upvoting the answer in this case, if you haven’t done so yet. – Wrzlprmft Nov 15 '14 at 10:11
  • Does this work in Inkscape 0.91? It seems to just change the size of the entire selected text object. Seems documentation is definitely lacking for newer versions. – Rick Henderson Aug 28 '16 at 13:34
  • Figured it out. Key phrase is "While in Text tool" though you don't have to select all the text. – Rick Henderson Aug 28 '16 at 23:45

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