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When I right click on a layer, then click on 'Properties' I would expect the Properties dialog box to appear so I can change the style, add labels etc. For some reason the box doesn't show. It seems like the box is active but not visible - I say this because I can't click on anything else within QGIS until I press escape. Many thanks for the help.

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on windows, linux or mac? – Mapperz Oct 5 '12 at 16:32
@Mapperz - on Windows – QGISnewbie Oct 5 '12 at 16:34

See Missing tools (icons) QGIS

Alex Markov: Toolbars are located outside your screen area. You can use Python console to move them on screen. Here is example of moving Navigation Toolbar: qgis.utils.iface.mapNavToolToolBar().move(10,10) Names of other toolbars can be found by this link.

Nathan W: *delete the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\QuantumGIS\QGIS\UI*

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I'm quite new to this system. I did try to move the Layer Properties toolbox back onto the screen using the Python console and the following: >qgis.utils.iface.showLayerProperties(QgsMapLayer*l).move(10,10) But, this error was returned: Traceback (most recent call last): File "<input>", line 1, in <module> NameError: name 'l' is not defined I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing wrong, so would appreciate more help. Thank you. – QGISnewbie Oct 5 '12 at 17:27

I have had this problem before. I didn't properly seek an answer at the time as I thought it was my computer or me having pressed something unwittingly. The way I found to resolve this was re-installation of qgis. Everything was 'back as it started'/ 'factory settings' as it were... So quite possible there is an option to check/uncheck somewhere. Good Luck!!

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Uninstalling unnecessary – Nathan W May 7 '13 at 12:44

To reset this (specific) dialog, open a python console and enter the following:

from PyQt4.QtCore import QSettings
QSettings().remove( "/Windows/VectorLayerProperties/geometry" )
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