How to join these 2 nodes and close the path with a straight line? I tried selecting them, but when I press join nodes , it doesn't do anything.

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Only open nodes (nodes with at most one outgoing line) can be joined. In your case, the nodes are closed (they have two outgoing lines).

Open and closed Nodes

Even if you could connect the nodes (which would be odd, because they would have three outgoing lines afterwards) the result wouln't be what you want. Consider the difference between a path stroke and a filled path. You work with a filled path.

  • How to create single line path out of this path ? So that does not have any thickness.
    – Wildfire
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 18:25
  • Representing a solid object by just a stroke is not possible in general. In your case its possible by drawing the object again by hand. The easiest solution to your actual problem was described by filip: Create a rectangle, rotate it, lay it over the part you want to connect, and union rectangle and the object.
    – Socowi
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 18:32
  • Not as a path effect, but as an extension which takes a solid object and (tries to) transform that to a stroke, yes. However (as already pointed out), a meaningfull transformation is not always possible. How would you transform a disk into a stroke?
    – Socowi
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 20:09
  • I don't know. For some simpler paths I would say: for every 2 neighbourhood nodes, add middle one and delete 2 original nodes. I don't know how to do it for every complex path. How to contact developers of Inkscape ? Mybe there is some way for future updates.
    – Wildfire
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 22:04

Judging from your recent questions on this site you might want to learn how to use the boolean operators in Inkscape. Look at this youtube clip for the basics.

In this case you could create a rectangle and rotate and scale it so that it covers the gap you are trying to fill. Then select both the rectangle and your original path and select Path>Union to merge them into one path.

  • Yes, that is logical. I thought there is some way with the nodes. What ever I tried,I couldn't connected them in straight path. I have watched several tutorials but I couldn't find correct way.
    – Wildfire
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 15:24

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