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Mastering QGIS - Second Edition by GISP Dr. John Van Hoesen, Dr. Luigi Pirelli, GISP Dr. Richard Smith Jr., GISP Kurt Menke

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Loading data into QGIS Desktop

One strength of QGIS is its ability to load a large number of data types. In this section, we will cover loading various types of data into QGIS Desktop.

In general, data can be loaded in four ways. The first way, which will be covered in detail in this section, is to use the Add Layer menu under Layer and select the appropriate type of data that you wish to load. The second way is to open the Browser panel, navigate to the data you wish to load, and then drag the data onto the map display or onto the Layers panel. The third way to load data is to enable the Manage Layers toolbar and click on the button representing the data type that you wish to load. The fourth way is to locate the data in QGIS Browser, drag the ...

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