Scribus/Basic concepts

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Select Item[edit]

Shortcut: c

Used to select and move items.

Insert Text Frame Shortcut: t

Insert Image Frame

  • Shortcut: i

To add an image, draw an image frame in the document. Right-click on the frame and select Get Image (or press Ctrl-D). The X, Y, Z panel of the Properties panel controls the settings of the image (position and scale). To make text wrap around the picture, in the Shape panel, check the box next to "Text Flows Around Frame."

Insert Table

  • Shortcut: a

Insert Shape

  • Shortcut: s

Insert Polygon

  • Shortcut: p

Insert Line

  • Shortcut: l

Properties Panel[edit]

This is at the bottom of the menu you get from selecting and right-clicking an item. You can also open it by pressing F2. There are 6 sections to the Properties panel:

  • X, Y, Z
  • Shape
  • Text
  • Image
  • Line
  • Colors


Objects are layered on top of each other in a "stack". You can select items that are stacked below other items by ctrl-shift-clicking on the stack.