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QGIS By Example by Daria Svidzinska, Alexander Bruy

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Other map items

For now, our map contains two necessary items: the map itself and the legend that explains its content. However, there are more items that can be used to improve its aesthetic view and geographic readability, such as a scale bar, a north arrow, text labels, and so on.

Scale bar

Before adding a scale bar item, make sure that your map canvas is using the projected coordinate reference system in linear measurement units (meters and feet). To add a scale bar, click on the Add new scalebar Scale bar button in the Composer Items toolbar, and drag the mouse arrow over the page while holding down the left mouse button. You will see a rectangle drawn ...

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