Introducing the QGIS user interface

Now that we have set up QGIS, let's get accustomed to the interface. As we have already seen in the screenshot presented in the Running QGIS for the first time section, the biggest area is reserved for the map. To the left of the map, there are the Layers and Browser panels. In the following screenshot, you can see how the Layers Panel looks once we have loaded some layers (which we will do in the upcoming Chapter 2, Viewing Spatial Data). To the left of each layer entry, you can see a preview of the layer style. Additionally, we can use layer group to structure the layer list. The Browser Panel (on the right-hand side in the following screenshot) provides us with quick access to our spatial data, as you will ...

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