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I need to select polygons and change some attributes in a shapefile. I'm using Quantum GIS - I select the polygon, open attribute table and edit the attributes I want. I know there must be an easier and faster way to do this. I was thinking in some tool which when the feature is selectd pop-up a form with the respective attributes and lets you edit them.

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The "Identify" tool will let you do this. There's a setting under Settings > Options > Map Tools tab > Open Feature Form, if a single feature is identified. Then just make sure your layer is editable, and click the feature with the identify tool.

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Also worth checking out the "Multiedit" plugin which lets you change attribute values systematically in a layer. – Simbamangu Mar 7 '12 at 6:19

Try this handy plugin

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I just tested this plugin. It works great. Thanks for the pointer! – katahdin Oct 21 '12 at 18:57

As of QGIS 2.16 (or currently with QGIS master) there is builtin support for multi edit in the attribute table to edit the attributes of a selection of features.

Demonstration video

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