I created a new vector layer in QGIS, saving as I went along and then I saved the project and logged out. When I went back into the project, I wanted to add some more features to the same layer, so selected the toggle editing icon and highlighted the vector layer. However, not all the options are displaying for me - I can select 'move features' or 'node tool' but can't select the 'add feature' option, for instance.

I took a look at this question which seems to be a similar issue: After re-open of old project file, several layer selections no longer available

As suggested, I tried switching on and off the layers and exiting QGIS again, but so far I can't resolve the issue.

I am relatively new to QGIS.

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    Could you edit the layer outside your project? I.e. load the layer itself into QGIS and see if you can add features.
    – Joseph
    Jun 17, 2015 at 13:03
  • Thanks, Joseph - I tried that. I'm now worried that the file might be corrupt somehow. I just went into the layer folder and I can now see that one of the file extensions looks a bit strange - it is formatted [filename]_packed.dbf The other extensions are fine .prj, .qpj, .shp and .shx. Has anyone come across this before, and is there a way to rectify it?
    – rhm
    Jun 17, 2015 at 13:11
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    I think the following link covers this: How to avoid creating corrupt Shapefiles during Editing?. Hopefully you have made backups =)
    – Joseph
    Jun 17, 2015 at 13:14
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    OK, would you believe, I managed to resolve this simply by deleting '_packed' from the file name. This was among the suggestions in the link you sent me, Joseph, so thanks for that - much appreciated! Good point re: back-ups, I had made one but it also included the corrupt user name, so I will go and back this up straight away.
    – rhm
    Jun 17, 2015 at 13:27
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    Haha glad you got it resolved! And your most welcome buddy! You should post what you did as an answer, the suggestion you followed in the link was posted as a comment and the user who posted it hasn't been active for a while so I think it might be best for you to post it which could help others with similar problems :)
    – Joseph
    Jun 17, 2015 at 13:38

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It turns out that one of the files had got corrupted. When I went into the layer folder, one of the file extensions was ending in [filename]_packed.dbf rather than just [filename].dbf

I managed to resolve this simply by deleting '_packed' from the file name.

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