Is it possible? A PNG usually consumes less storage space compared to an SVG. Sometimes I need small sized images in sites like Launchpad.

When I simply save as PNG, the background remains white, not transparent.

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That's actually Inkscape's default.

  • Open FileDocument Properties and click the Background colour option. Make sure the alpha channel is 0 as so:

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  • Go to FileExport Bitmap (Shift+Ctrl+E) and save the file with a .png extension.

You're done.

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    I always tried to "save as" .png and it didn't work. Thanks. Aug 24, 2013 at 13:10
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    Yep, "save as" did not apply the Alpha 0 settings as all we guess...
    – m3nda
    Aug 3, 2015 at 5:13
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    If you are exporting something that clearly has no background, for example one or more paths, but your export still has a background color, make sure to check "hide all except selected" in the export options
    – chiliNUT
    Jul 13, 2017 at 16:40

Shortcut, at least in MS Windows, is (Shift+Ctrl+E).

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Inkscape 0.91

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    It adds the view of a specific version, and the keyboard shortcut. I would have just appended it to the accepted answer, but I have been denied with similar amounts of info in the past. In which case, I was told that it warranted its own answer. Also, I did bump the accepted answer for pointing me in the correct direction, but it wasn't exactly right for the version I am using.
    – Kevin
    Feb 7, 2015 at 16:35
  • It works on windows Nov 16, 2019 at 13:22

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