I'm going through this tutorial and nick is able to create copies by pressing the space bar while holding Ctrl + left click. However, I cannot get this to work on Ubuntu 17.04 and Inkscape 0.92. Thoughts? Can I just use Ctrl+D instead or are copies and duplicates different?


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Couldn't get this to work initially either, but it does. It's a little tricky.

Hold CTRL while left-clicking and dragging to rotate, but keep holding both CTRL+left click (don't release them), then hit the Space bar to make a duplicate. Continue for the next rotation, but don't release the left click or CTRL.

Yes, the D key does exactly the same if you release the mouse between rotations.

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I am a Mac user. My solution was to hold shift at the same time. I.e hold 'shift'+'ctrl' and press space bar whilst moving the cursor around the object.

  • Please, can you explain better your solution also adding some images?
    – Sebastiano
    Feb 22, 2021 at 8:08
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    Hi Sorry, I realised my answer was not for this specific issue. It was for another one of Nick's tutorials. The edited answer was my solution for this specific problem.
    – Aiman
    Feb 22, 2021 at 15:37
  • Don't worry. :-)
    – Sebastiano
    Feb 22, 2021 at 20:45

Select the object, left click and drag it where you want it. Continue to hold down the left mouse button and hit the space bar, a duplicate will be placed at that location. Continue to hold down the left mouse button and drag the object to the next location, hit space bar again, repeat.

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