Creating spatial bookmarks

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A spatial bookmark is a useful way of saving a geographical area so that you can easily return to it later. A bookmark saves your chosen map canvas extent so that you can use it to return to the same location again, without the need to pan and zoom. This is useful if you are working on the same area a lot and always need to navigate to this location before you can get started. It is also useful for ensuring that the map canvas extent can be set to exactly the same view.

This tutorial will explain how to create a spatial bookmark and how to access the bookmarks that you create.


In order to create a spatial bookmark, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Zoom / pan to the area of interest.

Step 2: Navigate to View » New (spatial) bookmark... in the QGIS menu.

QGIS spatialbookmark.png

Step 3: Fill in a name for the bookmark.

Step 4: Make sure that the coordinate reference system and extent are correct. The default setting for extent is to calculate it from the current map canvas view. However, you can also choose to draw the area yourself on the map canvas or calculate it from the extent of a layer in your project.

Step 5: Click "Save".

QGIS spatialbookmark window.png

You can access spatial bookmarks that you have created via View » Show spatial bookmarks. This will open a browser panel on the left side of the QGIS interface. Bookmarks that have created are saved under "User bookmarks". Simply double-click on the name of the bookmark and QGIS will change the map canvas to that location.

Show your spatial bookmarks
Your bookmarks are listed under "User Bookmarks" in the Browser panel

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