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How do I resize a line without changing the width of the line in Inkscape?

Scenario: I have already drawn a horizontal line and want to make it longer. If I select the line, use the resize handle to the middle right and resize then the width of the line becomes larger as I drag to right to make the line longer. The Shift, Ctrl and Alt keyboard modifiers do not seem to have the desired effect either.

I have looked through the tutorials available from and checked the Inkscape FAQ

Platform: Inkscape v0.46 (2008-03-10), Windows XP 64 bit, 8 GB RAM.

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+1 for a very well formed question. – Dennis Williamson Jul 23 '09 at 15:51
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On the far right side of the Tool Controls Bar, you'll find four buttons (to the right of the "Affect:" label; see the screenshot below). You can use those to control which aspects of an object are affected by, e.g. resizing operations.

The four "affect" buttons on the Tool Controls Bar

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This button says exactly what I want but doesn't actually do anything for me. v0.91 r13725 – jozxyqk Mar 16 '15 at 10:05

Select the Edit Paths by Nodes tool and grab one end of the path. You can then move it around. If you're using freehand lines it's a bit more complicated but the principle is the same (you have to move multiple nodes).

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Doesn't this only work for paths (not lines)? – Peter Mortensen Jul 23 '09 at 14:48
Lines are paths, they just have only two nodes. – Joey Jul 23 '09 at 15:04

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