In ArcGIS you are able to Clip to Shape, meaning you can use a shapefile to visually clip anything outside if it. This option does not physically clip anything, nor make a new shapefile.

For example:

You could add the Google satellite imagery and set the clip to prevent having to wait for information outside a certain shape from rendering.

Is there a way to visually clip as mentioned above in QGIS?

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As far as I know, none of the available tools will reduce waiting time by preventing loading of data outside the clip. You can only cover things up.

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