QGIS desktop


Use this interactive guide to familiarise yourself with the main sections of the QGIS GUI


Open QGIS Desktop (not Browser) on your own computer. When you first open QGIS, it has many toolbars visible. To make it easier to find the tools we’ll use in this course, and maximise the area available to view your spatial data, let’s reduce the panels and toolbars that are visible:

  1. Right-click on any part of the toolbars to view the list of panels and toolbars
  2. Select the following (see screenshot below) and ensure everything else is unchecked
    1. Panels:
      1. Layers Panel
    2. Toolbars:
      1. Attributes Toolbar
      2. Map Navigation Toolbar
      3. Selection Toolbar
QGIS selecting toolbars

Your QGIS window should now look like this. Here we’ve positioned the three toolbars separately to make it easy for you to see them, but yours are probably side-by-side, which is fine

QGIS simpler interface

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