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I downloaded a shapefile that has demographic data for census tracts for a city -- each represented by a polygon in the vector layer. I can click the attribute table icon to see the whole sheet of attributes for each polygon -- but is there any way to click a particular polygon and see it's attributes. I tried right clicking and double clicking.

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After choosing the identify tool, you can click any of the individual features (polygons) in your vector layer, to see the whole sheet of attributes for each polygon:

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