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I have recently installed QGIS 1.8

when I make a map with the adequate layer I switch to the map composition menu and try to insert a map in the white page.

I draw the rectangle but nothing appears although I tried the 3 different option

I also ticked on the show on map for all the layers (show in overview)

can you tell me if this is an installation problem (I have windows XP professional and downloaded the french version) or a trivial problem I am not being able to resolve?

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Did you set the coordinate system for the project (and for each layer) –  Rayner Oct 3 '12 at 12:39

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