Inspecting data

Let’s take a closer look at our gibbon datasets :eyes: with the help of two very useful QGIS toolbars

Map navigation toolbar

QGIS map navigation toolbar

  1. If you have a mouse with a wheel, you can use the wheel to zoom in/out. If not, click on the Zoom In tool QGIS Zoom in tool and use it to draw a box (click and drag) on an area of your map that you want to view more closely
  2. Use the Pan tool QGIS Pan tool to drag the map around
  3. Use the Zoom Out tool QGIS Zoom full tool to move ‘further away’ from your data
  4. A handy shortcut to view the full extent of your datasets is the Zoom Full tool QGIS Zoom full tool
  5. The Zoom Last and Zoom Next tools QGIS Zoom last and Zoom next tools are useful to rapidly switch between areas, or go back to a previous view if you moved your view by accident
  6. We’ll use the other tools on this toolbar later in the course, but you’re welcome to explore them now

Attributes toolbar

QGIS attributes toolbar

  1. Select the Identify features tool and click on one of the polygons or points to reveal information about that feature
    :warning: Warning! This tool only shows information for the layer that is currently highlighted in the Layers panel (top left). So if you’re clicking on points but the Layers panel has NomascusConcolor_Distribution highlighted, nothing will happen! To reveal information from a particular layer, e.g. the gibbon sightings, make sure you’ve first clicked on that layer (GibbonSightings_Survey1) in the Layers panel
  2. You can close the Identify Results pane by clicking on the top-right [x] button

If you clicked on a polygon to bring up the Identify Results pane, your project will look like this:

QGIS project with Identify results pane

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