I'm new to Inkscape and have a really basic question. I'm creating a color-coded map of the US and need to add text labels for the different regions. Coloring things and adding the labels is fine, but what I can't seem to be able to do is add/change the background (for lack of a better term) of the text box. In other words, I'd like the text to be blue, but the background of the text box be white -- this will enable the label to clearly stand out against the US region (which is going to be the same blue as the text).
In PowerPoint, for example, I'd right click on the text, pick Format Shape and then solid fill. I can't seem to find anyway to do this in Inkscape and my attempts at searching for the answer have also failed....
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The text box can't have color added to it. Rather than use Flowed Text (which is what happens when you drag out a text box with the Text tool) you'd probably be better of using Regular Text. Just click once and start typing. Then draw a rectangle around it (with Rectangle tool ). Then you can fill the rectangle with a color, and put it behind the text. You could Group the text with the rectangle, so that they move together.