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I wish to render a shapefile of builindings such that at scales below 1:5000, they have a border, and above 1:5000, they do not have a border.

For this, I went into layer properties, selected Rule-Based, and then selected the current Rule and then went to Refine Current Rules>>Add Scales to rule. After this I set the symbol for scales >5000, like I wanted.

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You can see that there is an initial symbol. How Do I remove this? This causes problem because it is present behind the symbol; for example You can see the boundary here even though the scale is greater than 1:5000:

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I have found that that if I remove the boundary of the first symbol(the one in blue), the layer appears as expected at scales >1:5000. This seems like a workaround rather than the straightforward procedure. What is the correct procedure to use scale -rule based renderer in QGIS?

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You don't need a base/initial symbol in this case. Just remove it! You only need two symbols on the same level of the symbology tree.

You can use drag and drop to rearrange the styles:

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If you rearrange them as shown in the picture, you can delete the initial one.

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How do I remove it? I have tried and tried, but did not figure out how to remove just the initial symbol. – Devdatta Tengshe Nov 28 '12 at 7:30
Just pull your styles out of the initial one. Use drag and drop to drop them under the list. Then delete the initial one. – underdark Nov 28 '12 at 7:38
When I press the remove button, it deletes all three symbols, instead of the one I had selected. After this, I Manually added the two required symbols, with the scale dependency set on each. This Seems to work. Is this what you were suggesting @underdark? – Devdatta Tengshe Nov 28 '12 at 7:38

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