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Guide contestuali

When you need help on a specific topic, you can access context help via the [Help] button available in most dialogs — please note that third-party plugins can point to dedicated web pages.


QGIS provides by default many panels to work with. Some of these panels are described below while others may be found in different parts of the document. A complete list of default panels provided by QGIS is available at Pannelli.

Pannello dei Layer

The layers Panel lists all the layers in the project and helps you manage their visibility. A layer can be selected and dragged up or down in the legend to change the Z-ordering. Z-ordering means that layers listed nearer the top of the legend are drawn over layers listed lower down in the legend.


Questo comportamento di default può essere cambiato tramite il pannello Layer Order.

In cima al Pannello dei Layer, una barra degli strumenti ti permette di:

  • symbology Open the layer styling dock: toggle the layer styling panel on and off.
  • addGroup Aggiungi gruppo

  • showPresets Manage Visibility: control visibility of layers and preset layers combination.
  • filterMap Filtra la legenda in base al contenuto della mappa: solo i layers che ricadono nell’area in visualizzazione vengono elencati in modo completo, gli altri restano ma hanno simbologia nulla, in questo modo viene evidenziato quali sono i layer di interesse nella zona visualizzata.

  • expressionFilter Filter Legend by Expression: helps you apply an expression to remove from the selected layer tree styles that have no feature satisfying the condition. This can be used for example to highlight features that are within a given area/feature of another layer. From the drop-down list, you can edit and clear the expression set.
  • expandTree Espandi tutti or collapseTree Racchiudi tutti layers e gruppi nel layers panel.

  • and removeLayer Remove Layer/Group currently selected.

Barra degli strumenti nel Layers Panel


Tools to manage the layers panel are also available to layout the map and legend items of the print composer

Preset the layers visibility

The button showPresets allows you to add Presets views in the legend. Presets are a way to save and easily restore a combination of layers with their current style. To add a preset view, just set visible the layers you want, with their desired symbology, and click on showPresets button. Choose Add Preset... from the drop-down menu and give a name to the preset. The added preset is listed at the bottom of the drop-down menu and is recalled by clicking on it.

The Replace Preset ‣ option helps you overwrite a preset content with the current map view while the Remove Current Preset button deletes the active preset.

All the added presets are also present in the map composer in order to allow you to create a map layout based on your specific views (see Proprietà principali).

Panoramica del menu di scelta rapida del Layers Panel

At the bottom of the toolbar, the main component of the Layers panel is the frame listing vector or raster layers added to the project and, those layers can be organized in groups. Depending on the item selected in the panel, a right-click shows a dedicated set of options presented below.



Layer Raster


zoomToLayer Zoom to Layer/Group checkbox checkbox checkbox
unchecked Show in Overview checkbox checkbox
zoomActual Zoom to Native Resolution (100%) checkbox
Stretch Using Current Extent checkbox
removeLayer Remove checkbox checkbox checkbox
duplicateLayer Duplicate checkbox checkbox
Set Layer Scale Visibility checkbox checkbox
Zoom to Visible Scale checkbox checkbox
Set Layer/Group CRS checkbox checkbox checkbox
Set Project CRS from Layer checkbox checkbox

Stili ‣

checkbox checkbox
Copy Style checkbox checkbox
Paste Style checkbox checkbox checkbox
openTable Open Attribute Table checkbox
toggleEditing Toggle Editing checkbox

allEdits Modifiche in uso ‣

checkbox (in Edit mode)
Save As... checkbox checkbox
Save As Layer Definition File... checkbox checkbox checkbox
Filter... checkbox
unchecked Show Feature Count checkbox
Properties checkbox checkbox
Move to Top-level checkbox checkbox
Rename checkbox checkbox checkbox
Group Selected checkbox checkbox
Set Group WMS Data checkbox
unchecked Mutually Exclusive Group checkbox
addGroup Add Group checkbox

Tabella: Menu contestuali degli oggetti nel Layers Panel

Per i layers vettoriali GRASS, toggleEditing Attiva modifiche non è disponibile. Vedere la sezione Digitalizzare e modificare layer vettoriali GRASS per informazioni su modifiche dei layers vettoriali GRASS.

Interact with Groups and layers

I layers presenti nella finestra della legenda possono essere organizzati in gruppi. Ciò può essere fatto in due modi:

  1. Premi l’icona folder per aggiungere un nuovo gruppo. Digita un nome per il gruppo e premi Enter. Ora clicca su un layer esistente e trascinalo nel gruppo.

  2. Select some layers, right click in the legend window and choose Group Selected. The selected layers will automatically be placed in a new group.

To bring a layer out of a group, you can drag it out, or right click on it and choose Move to top-level; the layer is placed at the same level than the group it was inside. Groups can also be nested inside other groups.

Puoi usare la casella di controllo di un gruppo per mostrare/nascondere tutti i layer del gruppo con un singolo click.

Enabling the Mutually Exclusive Group option you can make a group have only one layer visible at the same time. Whenever a layer within the group is set visible the others will be toggled not visible.

It is possible to select more than one layer or group at the same time by holding down the Ctrl key while selecting the layers with the left mouse button. You can then move all selected layers to a new group at the same time.

You may also delete more than one layer or group at once by selecting several items with the Ctrl key and pressing Ctrl+D afterwards. This way, all selected layers or groups will be removed from the layers list.

Modificare lo stile dei layer vettoriali

From the Layers panel, you have shortcuts to easily and quickly edit the layer rendering. Right-click on a vector layer and select Styles ‣ in the list in order to:

  • see the currently applied styles to the layer. In case you defined many styles for the layer, you can switch from one to another and have your layer rendering automatically updated in the map canvas.
  • copiare lo stile corrente o, se applicabile, incollare uno stile copiato da un altro layer

  • rename the current style, add a new one (which is actually a copy of the current one) or delete the current style (when multiple styles available).


The previous options are also available for raster layer.

Whether the features in the vector layer have all the same unique symbol or they are classified (in that case, the layer is displayed in a tree structure with each class as sub-item), the following options are available at layer level or class level:

  • a Edit Symbol... button to open the Selettore Simbolo dialog and update any property (symbol, size, color...) of the layer or feature symbol. Double-clicking on a feature does also open the Symbol Selector dialog.
  • a Scelta colore widget with a Color Wheel from which you can click a color and have it automatically update the symbol fill color. For convenience, Recent colors are available at the bottom of the color wheel.
  • a showAllLayers Show All Items and hideAllLayers Hide All Items to toggle on or off the visibility of all the classes of features. This avoids (un)checking items one by one.


Condividere rapidamente lo stile di un layer

From the context menu, copy the style of a layer and paste it to a group or a selection of layers: the style is applied to all the layers that are of the same type (vector vs raster) as the original layer and, in case of vector, have the same geometry type (point, line or polygon).

Working with the Legend independent layer order

There is a panel that allows you to define an independent drawing order for the layers panel. You can activate it in the menu Settings ‣ Panels ‣ Layer Order Panel. This feature allows you to, for instance, order your layers in order of importance, but still display them in the correct order (see figure_layer_order; you can notice that the airports features are displayed over the alaska polygon despite their layers placement in the Layers panel). Unchecking the checkbox Control rendering order box underneath the list of layers will cause a revert to default behavior.


Define a legend independent layer order

Pannello Stile Layer

This panel is somehow a shortcut to some of the features of the layer properties dialog. It indeed offers you a quick and handy way to define the rendering and the behavior of a layer, and to visualize its effects without opening the layer properties dialog.

Besides avoiding you dealing with the modal and blocking dialog of the layer properties, it also avoids you cluttering the screen with features dialogs given that it embeds most of them (color selector, effects properties, rule edit, label substitution...): e.g., clicking color buttons inside the layer style panel causes the color selector dialog to be opened inside the layer style panel itself rather than as a separate dialog.

Dall’elenco a discesa dei layers presenti nel Layers Panel, selezionare un elemento e:

  • set its symbology, transparency, and histogram in case of raster layer. These options are the same available in Proprietà raster
  • set its symbology, and labels. These options are the same available in Proprietà dei vettori
  • manage the associated style(s) as described in Gestione stili personalizzati
  • follow the whole history of changes you applied to the layer style in the current project; you can therefore cancel or restore to any state by selecting it in the list and hit [Apply] button.

Another powerful feature of this panel is the Live update checkbox. Tick it and your changes are automatically rendered in the map canvas as you go on. You no longer need to hit the [Apply] button.


Defining a layer symbology from the layer styling panel


Add custom tabs to the Layer Styling panel

Using PyQGIS, you can set new tabs to manage layer properties in the Layer Styling Panel. See https://nathanw.net/2016/06/29/qgis-style-dock-part-2-plugin-panels/ for an example.

Pannello Statistiche

This panel can show some statistics on a specific vector layers. The panel allows users to choose:

  • the vector layer;
  • the column or the expression;
  • filter statistics to selected features;
  • refresh the informations;
  • the statistics information to display with the bottom right button.

Statistic information available are (depending on the field’s type):




Numero reale



checkbox checkbox checkbox checkbox

Conteggio Distinti

checkbox     checkbox

Conteggio Mancanti

checkbox     checkbox


  checkbox checkbox  


  checkbox checkbox checkbox

Deviazione Standard

  checkbox checkbox  

Deviazione Standard su un Campione

  checkbox checkbox  

Valore Minimo

checkbox checkbox checkbox checkbox

Valore Massimo

checkbox checkbox checkbox checkbox


  checkbox checkbox checkbox


  checkbox checkbox  


  checkbox checkbox  


  checkbox checkbox  

Primo Quartile

  checkbox checkbox  

Terzo Quartile

  checkbox checkbox  

Scarto interquartile

  checkbox checkbox  

Lunghezza Minima


Lunghezza Massima


Tabella: Statistiche disponibili per ciascun tipo di campo


Mostrare statistiche su un campo

QGIS Overview Panel

In QGIS, you can use an overview panel that provides a full extent view of layers added to it. Within the view is a rectangle showing the current map extent. This allows you to quickly determine which area of the map you are currently viewing. Note that labels are not rendered to the map overview even if the layers in the map overview have been set up for labelling. If you click and drag the red rectangle in the overview that shows your current extent, the main map view will update accordingly.

Pannello Messaggi di Log

When loading or processing some operations, you can track and follow messages that appear in different tabs using the messageLog Log Messages Panel. It can be activated using the most right icon in the bottom status bar.

Pannello Annulla/Ripristina

For each layer being edited, this panel shows the list of actions done, allowing to quickly undo a set of actions by simply selecting the action listed above. More details at Undo and Redo edits.


In modo predefinito, QGIS visualizza tutti i layer visibili ogni volta che la mappa viene aggiornata. La mappa viene aggiornata ogni volta che:

  • Adding a layer
  • Panning or zooming
  • Resizing the QGIS window
  • Changing the visibility of a layer or layers

QGIS consente di controllare il processo di visualizzazione in diversi modi.

Visualizzazione in funzione della scala

Scale-dependent rendering allows you to specify the minimum and maximum scales at which a layer (raster or vector) will be visible. To set scale-dependent rendering, open the Properties dialog by double-clicking on the layer in the legend. On the General tab, tick the checkbox Scale dependent visibility checkbox and enter the Minimum (exclusive) and Maximum (inclusive) scale values.

You can also activate the scale dependent visibility on a layer from the Layers panel. Right-click on the layer and in the context menu, select Set Layer Scale Visibility.

The mapIdentification Set to current canvas scale button helps you use the current map canvas scale as boundary of the range visibility.


When a layer is not rendered in the map canvas due to the map scale out of its visibility scale range, the layer is greyed in the Layers panel and a new option Zoom to Visible Scale appears in the layer context menu. Select it and the map is zoomed to the layer’s nearest visibility scale.

Controllare la visualizzazione della mappa

Puoi controllare la visualizzazione della mappa in molti modi diversi, come descritto di seguito.

Sospensione della visualizzazione

To suspend rendering, click the checkbox Render checkbox in the lower right corner of the status bar. When the checkbox Render checkbox is not checked, QGIS does not redraw the canvas in response to any of the events described in section Visualizzazione. Examples of when you might want to suspend rendering include:

  • Adding many layers and symbolizing them prior to drawing
  • Adding one or more large layers and setting scale dependency before drawing
  • Adding one or more large layers and zooming to a specific view before drawing
  • Any combination of the above

Se la casella di controllo checkbox Aggiorna è spuntata, la visualizzazione e l’aggiornamento della mappa saranno immediati.

Controllare la visibilità dei layer quando sono caricati

You can set an option to always load new layers without drawing them. This means the layer will be added to the map, but its visibility checkbox in the legend will be unchecked by default. To set this option, choose menu option Settings ‣ Options and click on the Rendering tab. Uncheck the checkbox By default new layers added to the map should be displayed checkbox. Any layer subsequently added to the map will be off (invisible) by default.

Fermare la visualizzazione

To stop the map drawing, press the ESC key. This will halt the refresh of the map canvas and leave the map partially drawn. It may take a bit of time between pressing ESC and the time the map drawing is halted.


Attualmente non si può interrompere la visualizzazione in corso: questa opzione è stata disabilitata nella porta Qt4 a causa di diversi problemi dell’interfaccia utente (UI).

Modificare la qualità della visualizzazione

QGIS ha una opzione per modificare la qualità della restituzione nella visualizzazione della mappa. Nel menu Impostazioni ‣ Opzioni, click sulla scheda Visualizzazione e seleziona o deseleziona checkbox Rendi le linee meno irregolari a spese delle prestazioni.

Velocizzare la visualizzazione

Ci sono alcune opzioni che ti permettono di velocizzare la visualizzazione. Apri la finestra di dialogo di QGIS Impostazioni ‣ Opzioni, vai alla scheda Visualizzazione e seleziona o deseleziona le seguenti caselle di controllo:

  • checkbox Use render caching where possible to speed up redraws
  • checkbox Visualizza i layers in parallelo usando più processori della CPU e poi imposta checkbox Numero massimo di processori da utilizzare.

  • La costruzione della mappa avviene in background su un’immagine separata e ad ogni checkbox Intervallo di aggiornamento della mappa, il contenuto di questa immagine (fuori schermo) verrà utilizzato per aggiornare la rappresentazione della visualizzazione sullo schermo. Tuttavia, se la costruzione termina più velocemente di questa durata, la visualizzazione avverrà immediatamente.

  • With checkbox Enable Feature simplification by default for newly added layers, you simplify features’ geometry (less nodes) and as a result, they quickly display. Be aware that you can also face rendering inconsistencies.

Salvare e condividere le proprietà di un layer

Gestione stili personalizzati

When a vector layer is added to map canvas, QGIS uses by default a random symbol/color to render its features. You can however set a default symbol in Project ‣ Project Properties ‣ Default styles that will be applied to each newly added layer according to its geometry type.

But, most of the time, you’d prefer to have a custom and more complex style that can be applied automatically or manually (with less efforts) to the layers. You can achieve this goal using the Style combobox at the bottom of the Layer Properties dialog. This combobox provides you with functions to create, load and manage styles.

A style stores any information set in the layer properties dialog to render or interact with the features (including symbology, labeling, action, diagram... settings) for vector layer, or the pixels (band or color rendering, transparency, pyramids, histogram ...) for raster.


Opzioni di gestione dello stile in un vettore

By default, the style applied to a loaded layer is named default. Once you have got the ideal and appropriate rendering for your layer, you can save it by clicking the selectString Style combobox and choose:

  • Rename Current: The active style gets renamed and updated with the current options
  • Aggiungi......: Viene creato un nuovo stile utilizzando le opzioni correnti. Per impostazione predefinita, verrà salvato nel file di progetto QGIS. Vedere in seguito come salvare lo stile in un altro file o in un database

  • Remove: delete unwanted style, in case you have more than one style defined for the layer.

At the bottom of the Style drop-down list, you see the styles set for the layer and the active one is checked.

Note that each time you validate the layer properties dialog, the active style is updated with the changes you’ve done.

You can create as many styles as you wish for a layer but only one can be active at a time. Combined to layer visibility preset, this offers a quick and powerful way to manage complex projects with few layers (no need to duplicate any layer in the map legend).


Gestire gli stili dal menu contestuale del layer

Right-click on the layer in Layers Panel to add, rename or remove layer style.

Storing Style in a File or a Database

While created styles from the Style combobox are by default saved inside the project and can be copied and pasted from layer to layer in the project, it’s also possible to save them outside the project so that they can be loaded in another project.

Save in plain text file

Cliccando selectString Stile ‣ Salva stile, puoi salvare lo stile come:

  • QGIS file di stile del layer (.qml)

  • or SLD file (.sld), only available for vector layers.

Used on file based format layers (.shp, .tab...), Save as Default generates a .qml file along the layer (with the same name). SLDs can be exported from any type of renderer – single symbol, categorized, graduated or rule-based – but when importing an SLD, either a single symbol or rule-based renderer is created. That means that categorized or graduated styles are converted to rule-based. If you want to preserve those renderers, you have to stick to the QML format. On the other hand, it can be very handy sometimes to have this easy way of converting styles to rule-based.

Salvare in un database

Vector layer style can also be stored in a database if the layer datasource is a database provider. Supported formats are PostGIS, GeoPackage, SpatiaLite, MSSQL and Oracle. The layer style is saved inside a table (named layer_styles) of the database. Click on Save Style ‣ Save in database item then fill in the dialog to define a style name, add a description, a .ui file if applicable and check if the style should be the default style.

You can save several styles for a single table in the database. However each table can have only one default style. Default style can be saved in the layer database or in the QGIS local database, a SQLite database in the ~/.qgis2/ directory (where QGIS stores its local settings).


Salvare lo stile nella finestra di dialogo database


Condivisione di file di stile tra database

Puoi salvare il tuo stile in un database solo se il layer proviene da tale database. Non puoi combinare database (ad esempio layer in Oracle e stile in MSSQL). Usa invece un file di testo normale se vuoi che lo stile sia condiviso tra i database.


You may encounter issues to restore the layer_styles table from a PostgreSQL database backup. Follow Stili di default dei layer QGIS e backup del database to fix that.

Carica lo stile

When loading a layer in QGIS, if a default style already exists for this layer, QGIS loads the layer with this style. Also Style ‣ Restore Default looks for and loads that file when pressed, replacing current style of the layer.

The Style ‣ Load Style helps you apply any saved style to a layer. While plain text file style (.sld or .qml) can be applied to any layer whatever its format is, loading styles stored in database is only possible if the layer is from the same database or the style is stored in the QGIS local database.

The Load Style from Database dialog displays a list of related styles to the layer found in the database and all the other styles saved in it, with name and description.


Condividere rapidamente uno stile di layer all’interno del progetto

You can also share layer style within a project without importing a file or database style: right-click on the layer in the Layers Panel and, from the Styles combobox , copy the style of a layer and paste it to a group or a selection of layers: the style is applied to all the layers that are of the same type (vector vs raster) as the original layer and, in case of vector, have the same geometry type (point, line or polygon).

Scelta colore

The select color dialog will appear whenever you push the selectColor icon to choose a color. The features of this dialog depends on the state of the Use native color chooser dialogs parameter checkbox in Settings ‣ Options ‣ General menu. When checked, the color dialog used is the one of the OS being used. Otherwise, QGIS custom color chooser is used.


Dynamically change the color with the live-updating option

Check the Use live-updating color chooser dialogs option in the Settings ‣ Options ‣ General menu to have the color applied to your items as soon as you pick it in the color chooser dialog.

The custom color chooser dialog has four different tabs which allow you to select colors by colorBox color ramp, colorWheel color wheel, colorSwatches color swatches or colorPicker color picker (not available under osx).

Whatever method you use, the selected color is always described through color sliders for HSV (Hue, Saturation, Value) and RGB (Red, Green, Blue) values. The color is also identifiable as a HTML notation. Finally, there is an opacity slider to set transparency level.

Modifying a color is as simple as clicking in the color wheel or ramp or in any of the color parameters sliders. You can adjust such parameters with the spinbox beside or, handy, scrolling the mouse wheel over the corresponding slider. You can also typeset the color html notation.

The dialog also provides a visual comparison between the current (applied to widget) and the new (being selected) colors. Thanks to drag-and-drop, any of these colors can be saved in a slot for an easy access.


Scheda selezione scala dei colori

With colorBox color ramp or colorWheel color wheel tab, you can browse to all possible color combinations and apply it to the item. In the colorSwatches color swatches tab, you can choose from a preselected list of color palettes:

  • Recent colors,
  • Standard colors, a user-defined list of colors set under Settings ‣ Options ‣ Colors menu
  • or Project colors, a user-defined list of colors set under Project ‣ Project Properties ‣ Default Styles.

The latest palettes can be modified thanks to the signPlus and signMinus buttons at the bottom of the frame. The ... button nearby the palette combobox also offers several options to:

  • copia, incolla, importa o esporta colori

  • create, import or remove color palettes. Check the Show in Color Buttons option to add the custom palette to the color selector widget (see figure_color_selector).

Color selector switcher tab

Another option is to use the colorPicker color picker which allows you to sample a color from under your mouse pointer at any part of QGIS or even from another application by pressing the space bar. Please note that the color picker is OS dependent and is currently not supported by macOS.


Modifica veloce del colore

Click the drop-down arrow at the right of the selectColor color box button to display a widget for a quick color selection, either in the color wheel or from existing color palettes. You can also use it to copy or paste a color.


Menu di scelta veloce del colore

Metodi di fusione

QGIS offers different options for special rendering effects with these tools that you may previously only know from graphics programs. Blending modes can be applied on layers, on features but also on print composer items:

  • Normale: Questa è la modalità di fusione predefinita che usa il canale alpha del pixel più in alto fondendolo con quello sotto. I colori non sono quindi mescolati.

  • Schiarisci: Questo seleziona il valore massimo di ogni componente dal basso verso l’alto. Fai attenzione che Il risultato può apparire frastagliato e duro.

  • Screen: Light pixels from the source are painted over the destination, while dark pixels are not. This mode is most useful for mixing the texture of one item with another item (e.g., you can use a hillshade to texture another layer).
  • Dodge: Dodge will brighten and saturate underlying pixels based on the lightness of the top pixel. So, brighter top pixels cause the saturation and brightness of the underlying pixels to increase. This works best if the top pixels aren’t too bright; otherwise the effect is too extreme.
  • Addition: This blend mode simply adds pixel values of one item with the other. In case of values above one (in the case of RGB), white is displayed. This mode is suitable for highlighting features.
  • Darken: This creates a resultant pixel that retains the smallest components of the foreground and background pixels. Like lighten, the results tend to be jagged and harsh.
  • Multiply: Here, the numbers for each pixel of the top item are multiplied with the corresponding pixels for the bottom item. The results are darker pictures.
  • Burn: Darker colors in the top item cause the underlying items to darken. Burn can be used to tweak and colorise underlying layers.
  • Overlay: This mode combines the multiply and screen blending modes. In the resulting picture, light parts become lighter and dark parts become darker.
  • Soft light: This is very similar to overlay, but instead of using multiply/screen it uses color burn/dodge. This is supposed to emulate shining a soft light onto an image.
  • Luce intensa: Questa modalità è simile alla modalità sovrapponi. Proietta una luce molto intensa su tutta l’immagine.

  • Difference: Difference subtracts the top pixel from the bottom pixel, or the other way around, to always get a positive value. Blending with black produces no change, as the difference with all colors is zero.
  • Subtract: This blend mode simply subtracts pixel values of one item from the other. In case of negative values, black is displayed.

Zoom e Pan

QGIS fornisce strumenti per fare zoom e per spostarti alla tua area di interesse

Apart from using the pan pan and zoomIn zoom-in / zoomOut zoom-out icons on the toolbar with the mouse, navigating can also be done with the mouse wheel, spacebar and the arrow keys. A Zoom factor can be set under the Settings ‣ options Options ‣ Map tools menu to define the scale behavior while zooming.

Con la rotella del mouse

You can press the mouse wheel to pan inside of the main window (on macOS, you may need to hold cmd key). You can roll the mouse wheel to zoom in and out on the map; the mouse cursor position will be the center of the zoomed area of interest. Holding down Ctrl while rolling the mouse wheel results in a finer zoom.

Con i tasti freccia

Panning the map is possible with the arrow keys. Place the mouse cursor inside the map area, and click on the right arrow key to pan east, left arrow key to pan west, up arrow key to pan north, and down arrow key to pan south.

You can also use the space bar to temporarily cause mouse movements to pan the map. The PgUp and PgDown keys on your keyboard will cause the map display to zoom in or out following the zoom factor set. Pressing Ctrl + or Ctrl - also performs an immediate zoom in/out on the map canvas.

When certain map tools are active (Identify, Measure...), you can perform a zoom by holding down Shift and dragging a rectangle on the map to zoom to that area. This is enabled for the map tools which are not selection tools (since they use Shift for adding to selection) nor edit tools.


Informazioni generali

QGIS effettua misure delle geometrie vettoriali in quattro modi:

  • the interactive measurement tools measure,
  • measuring in the calculateField Field Calculator,
  • derived measures in the Identify Features tool,
  • and a vector analysis tool: Vector ‣ Geometry Tools ‣ Export/Add Geometry Columns

La misurazione opera nei sistemi di coordinate proiettate piane (ad esempio UTM) e con coordinate geografiche. I primi tre metodi di misura si comportano nello stesso modo con riferimento ai settaggi globali di proiezione.

  • If “on the fly” CRS transformation (see Definire la trasformazione del SR al volo (OTF)) is enabled, the default measurement metric is - different from most other GIS - ellipsoidal, using the ellipsoid defined in File ‣ Project properties ‣ General. This is true both when geographic and projected coordinate systems are defined for the project.
  • If you want to calculate the projected / planimetric area or distance using cartesian maths, the measurement ellipsoid has to be set to “None / Planimetric” (File ‣ Project properties ‣ CRS). However, with a geographic (= unprojected) CRS defined for the data and project, area and distance measurement will be ellipsoidal.
  • If “on the fly” CRS transformation is disabled, the measurement metric is planimetric when the project coordinate system is projected and ellipsoidal when the project coordinate system is unprojected / geographic.

However, neither the identify tool nor the field calculator will transform your data to the project CRS before measuring. If you want to achieve this, you have to use the vector analysis tool: Vector ‣ Geometry Tools ‣ Export/Add Geometry Columns. Here, measurement is by default planimetric except if you choose the ellipsoidal measure.

Measure length, areas and angles interactive

Click the measure icon in the Attribute toolbar to begin measurements. The downward arrow near the icon helps you switch to the convenient tool to measure measure length, measureArea area or measureAngle angle. The default unit used in the dialog is the one set in Project ‣ Project Properties ‣ General menu.


Configurazione dello strumento di misura

While measuring length or area, clicking the Configuration button at the bottom of the widget helps you define in menu Settings ‣ Options ‣ Map Tools the rubberband color, the precision of the measurements and the unit behavior. You can also choose your preferred measurement or angle units but keep in mind that those values are superseded in the current project by options made in Project ‣ Project Properties ‣ General menu.

Tutti gli strumenti di misurazione utilizzano le impostazioni di aggancio dal modulo di digitalizzazione (vedi la sezione Impostare la Tolleranza dello Snapping e il raggio di ricerca degli elementi). Quindi, se vuoi misurare esattamente lungo una geometria lineare o una geometria poligonale devi prima definire la tolleranza di aggancio e poi selezionare il vettore. In questo modo, quando vengono usati gli strumenti di misura, ogni click del mouse (all’interno della tolleranza definita) si aggancerà a quel punto del layer.

By default, measure Measure Line: QGIS measures real distances between given points according to a defined ellipsoid. The tool then allows you to click points on the map. Each segment length, as well as the total, shows up in the measure window. To stop measuring, click your right mouse button.

Note that you can use the drop-down list near the total to interactively change the measurement units while measuring. This unit is kept for the widget until a new or another project is opened.

The Info section in the dialog explains how calculations are made according to CRS settings available.


Misurare Distanza

measureArea Measure Area: Areas can also be measured. In the measure window, the accumulated area size appears. Right-click to stop drawing. The Info section is also available as well as the ability to switch between different area units.


Misurare Area

measureAngle Measure Angle: You can also measure angles. The cursor becomes cross-shaped. Click to draw the first segment of the angle you wish to measure, then move the cursor to draw the desired angle. The measure is displayed in a pop-up dialog.


Misurare Angolo

Selezionare geometrie

QGIS provides several tools to select features in the map canvas. Selection tools are available in View ‣ Select menu or in the Attributes toolbar.


Gli strumenti di selezione funzionano con il layer correntemente attivo.

Selecting manually in the map canvas

To select one or several features with the mouse, you can use one of the following tools:

  • selectRectangle Seleziona geometrie con un rettangolo o con un singolo click

  • selectPolygon Seleziona geometrie con un Poligono

  • selectFreehand Seleziona geometrie a mano libera

  • selectRadius Seleziona geometrie con un cerchio


Except the selectPolygon Select Features by Polygon tool, these manual selection tools allow you to select feature(s) in the map canvas with a single click.

While using the selectRectangle Select Feature(s) tool, holding Shift or Ctrl toggles whether feature is selected (ie either adds to the current selection or remove from it).

For the other tools, different behaviors can be performed holding:

  • Shift: aggiunge geometrie alla selezione corrente

  • Ctrl: sottrae geometrie dalla selezione corrente

  • Ctrl + Shift: intersect with current selection, ie only keep overlapping features from the current selection
  • Alt: select features that are totally within the selection shape. Combined to Shift or Ctrl keys, you can add or substract features to/from the current selection.

Selezione automatica

The other selection tools, also available from the Attribute table, perform a selection based on feature’s attribute or its selection state (note that attribute table and map canvas show the same information, so if you select one feature in attribute table, it will be selected in map canvas also):

  • expressionSelect Select By Expression... allows user to select features using expression dialog.
  • formSelect Seleziona geometrie per valore... o premi F3

  • deselectAll Deselect Features from All Layers or press Ctrl+Shift+A to deselect all selected features in all layers.
  • selectAll Select All Features or press Ctrl+A to select all features in the current layer.
  • invertSelection Invert Feature Selection to invert the selection in the current layer.

For example, if you want to find regions that are boroughs from regions.shp of the QGIS sample data, you can use the expressionSelect Select features using an Expression icon. Then, you open the Fields and Values menu and choose the field that you want to query. Double-click the field ‘TYPE_2’ and also click [Load all unique values] in the right panel. From the list, choose and double-click ‘Borough’. In the Expression field, then you’d write the following query:

"TYPE_2"  =  'Borough'

From the expression builder dialog, you can also use the Function list ‣ Recent (Selection) to make a selection that you used before. The dialog remembers the last 20 used expressions. See Espressioni chapter for more information and some example.


Salva la selezione in un nuovo file

Users can save selected features into a New Temporary Scratch Layer or a New Vector Layer using Edit ‣ Copy Features and Edit ‣ Paste Features as in the wanted format.

Seleziona geometrie per valore

This selection tool opens the layer’s feature form allowing the user to choose, for each field, which value to look for, if the search should be case sensitive, and the operation that should be used.


Filtro/Selezione geometrie tramite finestra di dialogo

Alongside each field, there is a drop-down list with the operation options to control the search behaviour. The common options are:

  • Exclude Field - The field will not be used for searching
  • Uguale a (=)

  • Not equal to
  • Senza valore (null)

  • INon è senza valore (not null)

For numeric and datetime fields, the additional options are:

  • Maggiore di (>)

  • Minore di (<)

  • Greater than or equal to (>=)
  • Less than or equal to (<=)
  • Compreso fra (inclusivo)

  • Is not between (inclusive)

For text fields, the additional options are:

  • Contiene

  • Non contiene

For the text options above, it is also possible to use the checkbox Case sensitive option.

After setting all search options, you can use the Select features button to select the matching features. The drop-down options are:

  • Seleziona elementi

  • Aggiungi alla selezione attuale

  • Filtra la selezione attuale

  • Rimuovi dalla selezione attuale

You can also clean all search options using the Reset form button.

Impostazione Sovrascrittura definita dai dati

Beside many options in the vector layer properties dialog or settings in the print composer, you can find a dataDefined Data defined override icon. Thanks to expressions based on layer attributes or item settings, prebuild or custom functions and variables, this tool allows you to set dynamic value for the concerned parameter. When enabled, the value returned by this widget is applied to the parameter regardless its normal value (checkbox, textbox, slider...).

Clicking the dataDefined Data defined override icon shows following entries:

  • Description... that indicates if the option is enabled, which input is expected, the valid input type and the current definition. Hovering over the widget also pops up these information;
  • Field type: an entry to select from the layer’s fields that match the valid input type;
  • an entry to list the Variable available;
  • Edit... button to create or edit the expression to use;
  • Paste and Copy buttons;
  • Cancella per rimuovere l’impostazione.

Parameters that can be used with data-defined tools are:

  • Style and symbols parameters
  • Labels parameters
  • Composer parameters


Use right-click to (de)activate the data overriding

You can enable or disable a configured dataDefined data-defined override button by simply clicking the widget with the mouse right button.


When the data-defined override option is setup correctly the icon is yellow dataDefineOn or dataDefineExpressionOn; if it is broken, the icon is red dataDefineError or dataDefineExpressionError.

Identify Features

Lo strumento Informazione elementi ti permette di interagire con la mappa e ottenere informazioni sulle caratteristiche delle geometrie in una finestra pop-up. Per avere informazione sulle geometrie usa:

  • View ‣ Identify Features menu,
  • or press Ctrl + Shift + I (or osx Cmd + Shift + I),
  • or click the identify Identify Features icon on the Attributes toolbar.

Usare lo strumento Informazione geometrie

QGIS offers two ways to identify features with the identify Identify Features tool:

  • left click will identify features according to the mode set in the Identify Results panel
  • right click will fetch all the snapped features from all the visible layers. This will open a context menu, allowing the user to choose more precisely the features to identify.


Filtra i layers su cui effettuare una query con lo strumento Identifica geometrie

Uncheck the Identifiable column in Project ‣ (or kde Settings ‣), Project Properties ‣ Identify layers menu in front of a layer to avoid it being queried when using the identify Identify Features in a mode other than Current Layer. This is a handy way to return features from only layers that are of interest for you.

If you click on feature(s), the Identify Results dialog will list information about the clicked feature(s). The default view is a tree view where the first item is the name of the layer and its children are its identified feature(s). Each feature is described by the name of a field along with its value. This field is the one set in Layer Properties ‣ Display. Then follows all the other information about the feature.

Feature informations

The Identify Results dialog can be customized to display custom fields, but by default it will display three kinds of information:

  • Azioni: le azioni possono essere aggiunte alle finestre delle identificazione delle geometrie. Le azioni si visualizzano facendo click sull’etichetta azione. Per impostazione predefinita, viene aggiunta una sola azione, vale a dire Modulo vista geometrica per effettuare modifiche. Puoi definire più azioni nella finestra di dialogo delle proprietà del layer (vedi Proprietà Azioni).

  • Derived: This information is calculated or derived from other information. This includes:
    • general information about the feature and its geometry: feature id, length or perimeter and area in map units depending on its geometry, the count of spatial parts and the number of the clicked part in case of multi-geometry, the count of vertices in the feature and the number of the closest one to the point clicked
    • coordinates information: the X and Y (and Z/M if available) coordinate values of the clicked point, the feature closest vertex and its first and last vertices. In case you click on a curved line using the info tool, QGIS will also display the radius of that section in the panel result.
  • Attributi dei dati: questo è l’elenco dei campi e dei valori degli attributi per la geometria su cui è stato fatto click.


Links in feature’s attributes are clickable from the Identify Results panel and will open in your default web browser.


Finestra di dialogo Informazioni risultati

La finestra di dialogo Informazioni risultati

At the top of the window, you have seven icons:

  • expandTree Espandi albero

  • collapseTree Collassa albero

  • expandNewTree Default behavior to define whether next identified features information should be collapsed or expanded
  • propertyItem View the feature form
  • deselectAll Cancella risultati

  • editCopy Copia geometrie selezionate negli appunti

  • filePrint Stampa il responso HTML selezionato

At the bottom of the window, you have the Mode and View comboboxes. With the Mode combobox you can define from which layers features should be identified:

  • Current layer : only features from the selected layer are identified. The layer may not be visible in the canvas.
  • Top down, stop at first: for only features from the upper visible layer.
  • Top down: for all features from the visible layers. The results are shown in the panel.
  • and Layer selection: opens a context menu where the user selects the layer to identify features from. Operates like a right-click. Only the chosen features will be shown in the result panel.


Identify tool configuration

You can configure the identify feature in Project ‣ Project Properties in the Identify layers tab. The table allows user to select layer(s) that can be used by this tool to identify features (column Identifiable). You can also put this layer in read-only mode with the checkbox in the last column.

La Visualizzazione può essere impostata a Albero, Tabella o Grafica. Le visualizzazioni ‘Tabella’ e ‘Grafica’ possono essere impostate solo per i layers raster.

The identify tool allows you to checkboxAuto open a form. If checked, each time a single feature is identified QGIS will open a form showing its attributes. This is a handy way to quickly edit a feature’s attributes.

Puoi trovare altre opzioni nel menu contestuale dell’elemento identificato. Per esempio, dal menu contestuale puoi:

  • Visualizzare modulo geometria

  • Zoomare alla geometria

  • Copiare elementi: copiare tutti gli elementi e gli attributi della geometria

  • Toggle feature selection: Adds identified feature to selection
  • Copiare un valore di un attributo: copiare solo il valore dell’attributo identificato

  • Copia attributi geometria: copia gli attributi della geometria

  • Cancellare risultati: verranno cancellati i risultati nella finestra

  • Cancellare evidenziati: verranno cancellate le geometrie evidenziate sulla mappa

  • Evidenziare tutto

  • Evidenziare vettore

  • Attivare un vettore: scegliere un vettore che deve essere attivato

  • Proprietà del vettore: aprire la finestra delle proprietà del vettore

  • Espandi tutto

  • Racchiudi tutto

Note testuali

The textAnnotation Text Annotation tool in the attribute toolbar provides the possibility to place formatted text in a balloon on the QGIS map canvas. Use the Text Annotation tool and click into the map canvas.


Finestra di dialogo Note testuali

Double clicking on the item opens a dialog with various options. There is the text editor to enter the formatted text and other item settings. For instance, there is the choice of having the item placed on a map position (displayed by a marker symbol) or to have the item on a screen position (not related to the map). The item can be moved by map position (by dragging the map marker) or by moving only the balloon. The icons are part of the GIS theme, and they are used by default in the other themes, too.

The annotation Move Annotation tool allows you to move the annotation on the map canvas.

Html annotations

The formAnnotation Html Annotation tools in the attribute toolbar provides the possibility to place the content of an html file in a balloon on the QGIS map canvas. Using the Html Annotation tool, click into the map canvas and add the path to the html file into the dialog.

SVG annotations

The saveAsSVG SVG Annotation tool in the attribute toolbar provides the possibility to place an SVG symbol in a balloon on the QGIS map canvas. Using the SVG Annotation tool, click into the map canvas and add the path to the SVG file into the dialog.

Form annotations

Additionally, you can also create your own annotation forms. The formAnnotation Form Annotation tool is useful to display attributes of a vector layer in a customized Qt Designer form (see figure_custom_annotation). This is similar to the designer forms for the Identify features tool, but displayed in an annotation item. Also see this video https://youtu.be/0pDBuSbQ02o?t=2m25s from Tim Sutton for more information.


Customized qt designer annotation form


If you press Ctrl+T while an Annotation tool is active (move annotation, text annotation, form annotation), the visibility states of the items are inverted.

Segnalibri geospaziali

I segnalibri geospaziali ti permettono di memorizzare una posizione geografica alla quale potrai ritornare in un secondo momento. Per impostazione predefinita, i segnalibri vengono salvati sul computer, il che significa che sono disponibili per qualsiasi progetto attivato su tale computer. Se desideri memorizzare il segnalibro nel file di progetto (.qgs) puoi fare ciò selezionando la casella di controllo Nel Progetto.

Creazione di un segnalibro

Per creare un segnalibro:

  1. Usa lo zoom o muovi la mappa all’estensione d’interesse.

  2. Select the menu option View ‣ New Bookmark or press Ctrl-B. The Spatial Bookmark panel opens with the newly created bookmark.
  3. Inserisci un nome descrittivo per il segnalibro (fino a 255 caratteri).

  4. Seleziona il campo Progetto se desideri salvare il segnalibro nel file di progetto.

  5. Premere Invio per aggiungere il segnalibro o fare clic altrove.

Nota che puoi avere più di un segnalibro con lo stesso nome.

Uso e gestione dei segnalibri

To use or manage bookmarks, select the menu option View ‣ Show Bookmarks. The Spatial Bookmarks panel allows you to:

  • Zoom a un Segnalibro: seleziona il segnalibro desiderato e poi fai click su Zoom a un Segnalibro. Puoi fare lo zoom su un segnalibro anche facendo doppio click su di esso.

  • Cancellare un Segnalibro: seleziona il segnalibro e fai click su Elimina segnalibro. Conferma la tua scelta.

  • Import or Export a bookmark: To share or transfer your bookmarks between computers you can use the Import/Export Bookmarks pull down menu in the Spatial Bookmarks dialog. All the bookmarks are transferred.

Progetti nidificati

Sometimes, you’d like to keep in different projects a bunch of layers with the same style. You can either create a default style for these layers or embed them from another project to save you tons of work.

Layers e gruppi nidificati da un progetto esistente presenta alcuni vantaggi rispetto alla gestione dello stile:

  • all types of layers (vector or raster, local or online...) can be added
  • fetching groups and layers, you can keep the same tree structure of the “background” layers in your different projects
  • While the embedded layers are editable, you can’t change their properties such as symbology, labels, forms, default values, actions... This ensures homogeneity throughout the projects
  • modify the items in the original project and changes are propagated to all the other projects.

If you want to embed content from other project files into your project, select Layer ‣ Embed Layers and Groups and:

  1. Press browseButton to look for a project; you can see the content of the project (see figure_embed_dialog).
  2. Press Ctrl ( or osx Cmd) and click on the layers and groups you wish to retrieve.
  3. Press [OK]. The selected layers and groups are embedded in the Layer panel and can be visualized in the map canvas now. Names of embedded items appear in italic to distinguish them from regular layers and groups.

Selezionare layers e gruppi nidificati

Like any other layer, an embedded layer can be removed from the project by right-click on the layer and choose removeLayer Remove.


Cambiare la visualizzazione di un layer nidificato

It’s not possible to change rendering of an embedded layer, unless you make the changes in the original project file. However, right-click on a layer and select Duplicate creates a layer which is fully-featured and not dependent to the original project. You can then safely remove the linked layer.


The Decorations of QGIS include the Grid, the Copyright Label, the North Arrow and the Scale Bar. They are used to ‘decorate’ the map by adding cartographic elements.


transformed Reticolo ti permette di aggiungere un reticolo e le coordinata alla mappa.


Finestra di dialogo Reticolo

  1. Select from menu View ‣ Decorations ‣ Grid. The dialog starts (see figure_decorations_grid).
  2. Activate the checkbox Enable grid checkbox and set grid definitions according to the layers loaded in the map canvas.
  3. Activate the checkbox Draw annotations checkbox and set annotation definitions according to the layers loaded in the map canvas.
  4. Click [Apply] to verify that it looks as expected or [OK] if you’re satisfied.

Freccia Nord

northArrow North Arrow places a simple north arrow on the map canvas. Currently, there is only one style available. You can adjust the angle of the arrow or let QGIS set the direction automatically. If you choose to let QGIS determine the direction, it makes its best guess as to how the arrow should be oriented. For placement of the arrow, you have four options, corresponding to the four corners of the map canvas. You can refine the placement of the arrow by setting a Horizontal and/or Vertical Marging from (Canvas) Edge. These values can be a distance in Millimeter or Pixels or set as Percentage of the width or height of the map canvas.


La finestra di dialogo Freccia Nord

Barra di Scala

scaleBar Barra di scala aggiunge una semplice barra di scala alla mappa. Puoi controllare il posizionamento, lo stile, il colore e le dimensioni di etichettatura della barra.


La finestra di dialogo Barra di Scala

QGIS only supports displaying the scale in the same units as your map frame. So if the units of your layers are in meters, you can’t create a scale bar in feet. Likewise, if you are using decimal degrees, you can’t create a scale bar to display distance in meters.

Per aggiungere una barra di scala:

  1. Select from menu View ‣ Decorations ‣ Scale Bar. The dialog starts (see figure_decorations_scale).
  2. Make sure the checkbox Enable scale bar checkbox is checked.
  3. Choose the style from the Scale bar style selectString combo box.
  4. Select the color for the bar Color of bar selectColor or use the default black color.
  5. Set the Size of bar selectNumber.
  6. Optionally, check checkbox Automatically snap to round number on resize to display values easy-to-read.
  7. Choose the placement from the Placement selectString combo box.
  8. You can refine the placement of the item by setting a Horizontal and/or Vertical Marging from (Canvas) Edge. These values can be a distance in Millimeter or Pixels or set as Percentage of the width or height of the map canvas.
  9. Click [Apply] to verify that it looks as expected or [OK] if you’re satisfied.


Settings of Decorations

When you save a .qgs project, any changes you have made to Grid, North Arrow, Scale Bar and Copyright will be saved in the project and restored the next time you load the project.


QGIS has facility to store/retrieve authentication credentials in a secure manner. Users can securely save credentials into authentication configurations, which are stored in a portable database, can be applied to server or database connections, and safely referenced by their ID tokens in project or settings files. For more information see Authentication System.

Una password master deve essere impostata durante l’inizializzazione del sistema di autenticazione e del relativo database portatile.


In QGIS, you can use variables to store useful recurrent values (e.g. the project’s title, or the user’s full name) that can be used in expressions. Variables can be defined at the application’s global level, project level, layer level, composition level, and composer’s item level. Just like CSS cascading rules, variables can be overwritten - e.g., a project level variable will overwrite any application’s global level variables set with the same name. You can use these variables to build text strings or other custom expressions using the @ character before the variable name. For example in composer creating a label with this content:

This map was made using QGIS [% @qgis_version %]. The project file for this
map is: [% @project_path %]

Visualizzerà l’etichetta in questo modo:

This map was made using QGIS 2.14. The project file for this map is:

Oltre alle variabili di sola lettura preimpostate, puoi definire tue variabili personalizzate per ciascuno dei layers sopra menzionati. Puoi gestire:

  • global variables from the Settings ‣ Options menu;
  • project’s variables from Project properties (see Proprietà progetto);
  • vector layer’s variables from the Layer Properties dialog (see Proprietà dei vettori);
  • composition’s variables from the Composition panel in the Print composer (see Composition Panel);
  • and composer item’s variables from the Item properties panel in the Print composer (see Composer Items Common Options).

To differentiate from editable variables, read-only variable’s names and values are emphasized in italic. On the other hand, higher level variables overwritten by lower level ones are strike through.


Variables editor at the project’s level


You can read more about variables and find some examples in Nyall Dawson’s Exploring variables in QGIS 2.12, part 1, part 2 and part 3 blog posts.