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Learning QGIS Second Edition by Anita Graser

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Designing print maps

In QGIS, print maps are designed in the print composer. A QGIS project can contain multiple composers, so it makes sense to pick descriptive names. Compositions are saved automatically whenever we save the project. To see a list of all the compositions available in a project, go to Project | Composer Manager.

We can open a new composer by going to Project | New Print Composer or using Ctrl + P. The composer window consists of the following:

  • A preview area for the map composition; this area displays a blank page at first
  • Panels to configure Composition, Item properties, and Atlas generation, as well as a Command history panel for quick undo and redo actions
  • Toolbars to manage, save, and export compositions, navigate in the preview ...

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