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using QGIS 1.8.0 lisboa on windows 7 pc

adding vector layers and they are not adding properly they don't show up in the layers list but they are there when I happen to merge the the layers altogether, I can see them listed, they are not hidden.

it seems to happen when i try to add layers and have control layer render order on, because when i turn it off the layers adds fine, but i cannot delete the previous layer that didn't add correctly, i can't see them to select and remove them

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I'm having trouble understanding exactly what is wrong - please upload a screenshot which shows the problematic behavior somewhere on the web (e.g. on imgur.com) and post the link here. –  underdark Jul 27 '13 at 8:43
    
there is nothing to see, simply i add vector layers but they don't add properly, they are there but i can't access them –  expectationlost Jul 27 '13 at 9:04
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Please specify exactly, where you see and don't see the layers (TOC (legend), map canvas, dbf...) please also describe what you tried, and what you would expect to happen. –  Matthias Kuhn Jul 27 '13 at 9:15
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^ "they don't show up in the layers list" ^ or anywhere else except when i use the mmqgis plugin to merge all layers they are are listed there. –  expectationlost Jul 27 '13 at 9:42
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QGIS 1.8 works well on Windows7 and the image you link to shows the layers list populated with a lot of vector layers - so clearly some layers are added correctly - and therefore your statement of the problem is an over generalisation. This is why we don't understand what problem you are experiencing. If the layer 204020203b is the red feature in the center of the screen, then the layer you highlight (204020203) would normally be underneath it (and if identical, then obscured by the one above). Is what you are alluding to? An image clearly demonstrating the discrepancies is needed. –  MappaGnosis Jul 27 '13 at 12:30

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