Don't know about the first option.

My guess for the second option is that you are drawing a rectangle without a border or fill.
The best wa is to draw your rectangle, which you will not see but will be there.
do:
  - edit - select all
and
  - Ctrl + Shift + F
and
  - Pick a color for the border or fill


On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 5:15 PM, Sam Albers <tonightsthenight@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello Inkscape List,

Thanks for a wonderful program. I have a fairly simple question which I can't figure out from internet searching. I am making a diagram and I would like to have a box in the upper left hand corner of the drawing show an enlarge portion of my drawing.

1) Is there an easy way to do this? By easy I mean if there an option for a box that limits graphic to inside the box... kind of .svg within an .svg?

2) If not and I have to do it manually, then I will relate my other problem right now. I was going to do this manually by drawing a rectangle then simply copy/paste the necessary items into my box to manually create the enlarged area. But for some reason whenever, I try to draw rectangle I get nothing but a box of dashed lines that disappears as soon as I don't click on it. Any suggestions on what I might be doing wrong?

Anyways thanks alot in advance. I am running Ubuntu 8.10

Sam



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