This tool allows you to select objects, resize them and move them about. If you click twice on an object with the selection tool, the handles change and you are able to rotate an object. Click a third time to switch to the object's tool.
This tool looks like a magnifying glass with a + sign in it. Drag the tool over an area to zoom in. Shift and click to zoom out again.
You can zoom in and out with the + and - keys, respectively. (These keys are to the left of the Backspace key, and on the right side of the numeric keypad.) Another shortcut to zoom in is Ctrl-middle click or Ctrl-right click. (Shift-Ctrl-middle click or Shift-Ctrl-right click zooms out.)
Inkscape keeps a record of your previous zoom levels. To go back to a zoom level, use `; to go ahead to a zoom level, use Shift-`.
Keyboard Shortcut - F8 or T
Looks like a letter A. Click and drag an area where you want your text to go, then start typing! If the letters are too small, click on the select button, then drag the handles to make it bigger. There are a lot of things that you can do with text that are beyond the scope of this beginners tutorial.
Use this to draw a connection between two objects. For example, a drawing and a label.
The nice thing about using this tool is that if you decide to move the objects about on the canvas, the connector still maintains the connection.
Click the gradient tool button in the Inkscape tool bar, then click and drag on an object and you will create a gradient from a fully opaque colour to full transparency. The gradient tool can be used to edit an existing gradient, adjust colour stops by dragging and placing the gradient handles that appear over an object when the tool is active.
Colour Sampler tool
The colour sampler, or "eyedropper" tool can be used to sample any colour in the inkscape window.