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 http://www.inkscape.org/doc/ and checked the Inkscape FAQ

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


2 Answers 2


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

  • 1
    This button says exactly what I want but doesn't actually do anything for me. v0.91 r13725
    – jozxyqk
    Mar 16, 2015 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).

  • Doesn't this only work for paths (not lines)? Jul 23, 2009 at 14:48
  • 1
    Lines are paths, they just have only two nodes.
    – Joey
    Jul 23, 2009 at 15:04

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.