I've selected a number of polygons from one layer and want to create a new layer. Because I can't right click using a mac how do I find "Save Selection As". Its not in the list in the "Layer" drop-down from the top toolbar.

I'm using QGIS 2.4 with Mac OS X 10.9.4.

  • I've found how to right click on the layer but the Save Selection option still isn't listed there, have I installed it incorrectly?
    – Emma
    Commented Jul 22, 2014 at 0:21
  • Would you be able to edit your question to include the additional information that you just posted as a comment, please?
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Jul 22, 2014 at 0:24
  • @PolyGeo: The old question is not a duplicate, because Save selection As has moved from the context menu to the Save As dialogue in QGIS 2.4.
    – AndreJ
    Commented Jul 22, 2014 at 5:07
  • @AndreJoost On your advice I've now retracted my vote for gis.stackexchange.com/questions/26198/… being a duplicate
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Jul 22, 2014 at 6:26

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You can right click with a Mac, hold 'ctrl' and click. Or use two fingers to tap on the touch pad, or plug in a mouse with two buttons.

When you do that, you right click your layer (that has selected items) and choose 'save as' then check the box 'save only selected features.'

Save Selection As in QGIS

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    Note that this behaviour has changed from QGIS 2.2 to 2.4. The old Save Selected As has been dropped (not only for Mac users).
    – AndreJ
    Commented Jul 22, 2014 at 5:09

Assuming your selection is by expression. In QGIS 2.18.20 you can view ONLY the selection by right-clicking on the Layer > properties > General > Query Builder. then you enter the expression you wish to select for here.

If you wish to have both the original layer and the selection in your files, a hack will be to duplicate the layer and perform the selection on one.

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