I have a tab delimited file and a shapefile which demonstrates the forest areas an area. When I open them in a project the shapefile covers the points of my samples. Is there a way to counteract this? This is done regardless of which file I open first.
Depending on your GIS Software, somewhere in your Project you find a list of your loaded layers.
Usually visibility goes top>down .. so just drag your point-layer on top of your shape.
Change the "Fill" color to transparent and just display the border of the forest polygon(s).