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?

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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.
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  • 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. Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:34
  • Figured it out. Key phrase is "While in Text tool" though you don't have to select all the text. Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 23:45

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