selecting specific node at break

Asked by Les Hampson on 2017-04-09

I am sure this is very basic but it's making me crazy trying to find the method as I get into using Inkscape. After breaking a path at a selected node then you have two end nodes at the same point. How do select either one of these two nodes - whichever I happen to want? I always get one selected but just don't know how to change the selection to the other.

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TylerDurden (8thrule) said : #1

You could try this: Drag on a stacked end node, if it's the wrong one, undo, then use Menu: Path>reverse, then de-select the object. Reselect the object with the node tool and see if you can now drag the desired node.

Les Hampson (lgh) said : #2

Thanks for your reply. But it did not work for me. The only way I have found that works is to select both segments on either side of the stacked endnodes, break apart, select the segment I want, select its node and use it, then select both segments ... and finally re-combine. I was thinking that there must be a real easy way to select one from stacked nodes (it seems useful and basic to me) but it seems like this is not possible. I don't really understand what determines which node is 'on top'.

TylerDurden (8thrule) said : #3

I presume it is the last that is "on top" (but not the one selected after breaking).

Here's another way:
after breaking the path, one node is selcted, that should be the first node. Use an arrow key to move the node.
If the first is not the one you want to move, undo, and hit Shift-tab to select the last, and use the arrow keys to move that node.

(The nodes can be cycled through using the tab key. Shift-tab cycles in reverse)

Chime back and let us know how it goes.


Les Hampson (lgh) said : #4

Thanks. Tab certainly moves the selection around nodes along a path but does not seem to do what I want.

Here's a very simple example: draw a line with 2 straight segments, 3 nodes. Break at the middle node. Then try to pick up and move each of the middle nodes from the stack. No matter what I do I always get one and not the other.


Best TylerDurden (8thrule) said : #5

Here's another method:

Move one node. If it's the wrong one, select the other node and then undo the move... the second node should remain selected and can be moved enough with the arrow keys to then drag with the mouse.


Les Hampson (lgh) said : #6

That certainly works; so I'll say it is solved. I'm a bit surprised that there is not a simple way of cycling through stacked end nodes (as you can through selected objects) but there it is. Many thanks for taking the time to respond so constructively. LH

Les Hampson (lgh) said : #7

Thanks TylerDurden, that solved my question.