I am trying to cut multiple holes in a rectangle but it doesn't work. The steps I take are:

  1. create rectangle
  2. create multiple circles on top of it
  3. selects circles then rectangle, go to Path tab, then click difference

What am I missing?

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You can only use the Difference operation on two objects at a time, but there is a way to work around that.

Make the circles into a compound path first. Select them all and click Path > Combine. Now select both rectangle and combined circles, then click Path > Difference

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  • What's the difference between Combine and Union?
    – Lai32290
    Feb 11, 2018 at 18:56
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    @Lai32290 - in some cases Union and Combine can both produce combined paths, if the paths are not overlapping, however Union will create one path if the paths overlap. Try both, and you'll see!
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 11, 2018 at 21:58

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