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I'm trying to manually move labels but having some trouble. I'm trying to move the labels while in edit mode. I've added fields for x coordinate (all null), y coordinate (all null), rotation (all =0), and font-size (all =10). This makes the "move label" and "rotate label" buttons active, but when I click on the labels, no box around the label appears and it's impossible to move the label. What am I doing wrong?

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Are you using the labeling from labeling toolbar (NOT layer options - labels!)? –  underdark Apr 18 '12 at 17:57

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We found recently the same behaviour occurs when layer's alias have special character like "à , é, ë.. etc". If this is your case, just rename layer to a simple name. I will create a new bug entry for this in hub.qgis.org.

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I've tried your fix, but it's still not working. Any other ideas? –  Jake Apr 19 '12 at 23:56
    
I too would like to move some labels. Did you find a solution @Jake? Thanks. –  Patty Jula Jun 2 '12 at 0:30
    
@ Patty Jula:see my answer. –  Shepherdjo Aug 16 '12 at 6:30
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Is the behavior already documented as a bug? Otherwise I can also do it, because I just had this problem with ä and ü and would love to have it fixed... –  dassau Nov 22 '12 at 11:31

I assume that, you have not set enough space (field width) for the coordinates of the label (these are real numbers). I think the moving is not possible because of this.I encountered the same problem once.

At any rate: This problem was solved in a current thread: How to add labels outside of features? The new plugin automatically sets enough width in the field for the coordinates. Moving should be possible then.

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