# Inkscape Get Rotation of Object, Display Angle While Rotating

When rotating an object, I find the rotation angle of the object only in the status bar. The problem is, the instant I stop rotating, this display is covered up/replaced with the node selection before I'm able to read the exact angle of rotation.

Is there a way to set the display properties of the status bar, or some other way to display the rotation angle of objects while rotating them?

I understand how to rotate to specific angles with Transform. But, what I need is to display the precise angle while rotating the object by hand.

• Can’t you use the measuring tool for this? – Wildcard Apr 26 '19 at 9:14

There's no way that I know of.

But if needs must, couldn't you perhaps just take a screen capture using the PrtScn key, before you release the mouse button, and paste it into Inkscape for reference - a painful extra step perhaps, but it works.

• Thanks. It seems strange to me the rotation property is not readily available. – STWilson Jul 4 '17 at 16:10
• @STWilson That's probably because when you do a rotation, the object is physically rotated. It's not just some effect applied to a non rotated object. – Billy Kerr Jul 5 '17 at 11:20

The Transform function allows you to rotate a given amount so draw a horizontal or vertical line, select and rotate it to desired degrees.

• Welcome to Graphic Design SE. Please note that the asker explicitly excluded the Transform tool as suitable for this. If you can, please edit your answer to address this. – Wrzlprmft Aug 10 '19 at 17:30

This is a workaround which can be used in case you are later going to rotate something else as much.

An imaginary example:

The boss says that the next artwork is otherwise good, but the black shape should be rotated around point A until it looks right. He stands behind my back and he will say, when it's right. Then the green shape should be rotated exactly as much around point B. The artwork:

To see how much the black shape is rotated I draw a horizontal reference line (blue) which starts from A. Then I select the line and the black shape simultaneously, enter into the rotation mode and move the rotation center to A. One must have all point snaps =ON to make the rotation center to snap to the wanted point:

Let's assume this is the position worth money for the black shape:

The next step is to apply Object to Guide to the reference line and move the new guide line to point B. I draw also a new reference line starting from B (orange):

I select the orange reference line and the green shape, move their rotation center to B and rotate until I get an indication of the snapping to guide from the endpoint of the orange line. The rotation is completed:

Beware: Snap to bounding box is harmful. Keep it OFF.