I am working on a project regarding Fish species and fishing methods with many layers.

This creates confusion.

I would like to create layer sub sections (groups) like the following:

  • Fish Species

    • species 1
    • species 2
    • species 3
  • Fishing Methods

    • method 1
    • method 2
    • method 3

and so on.

Possibly even a 2nd level sub section (layer group).

I have no idea how to tackle this.

I'm using QGIS 2.4.

To clarify an image of the project is below.

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There is another option: Select multiple layers (using either Shift-click to select a group or Ctrl click to individually add layers to your selection). When you have several selected, right-click and choose "Group Selected". I find this less fiddly than first creating the group and then dragging layers to it (although that is a perfectly valid option).


If you right-click in the Layer's window, there should be an Add group option. Select this to create sub-sections by dragging your layers into it.

  • This works only when you click underneath the layers, as long as there is free space left. In QGIS 2.6, there is a new icon bar above the layers window, which makes it easier if the window is completely filled with layers. – AndreJ Nov 6 '14 at 7:01
  • Cheers for making this clear. – user35594 Nov 6 '14 at 22:37

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