To zoom to a rectangle in ArcGIS, I always clicked and held the mouse wheel while pushing the control key. This was a very efficiant way for me to navigate through a map. Is there anything similar in QGIS that avoids to select the tool?


Maybe I have to be more precise in my question, since I still have the same problem:

My initial situation is: I'm in the "select feature" mode and want to stay in this mode. Now I want to zoom in a rectangle BUT without having to click on the "zoom in" button but only with the use of a hotkey/mousewheel. In ArcGIS I always used the mousewheel-click, which allowed me to be very quick in selecting features or editing features AND navigating through the map (avoids to go to the tool bar again and again).

So: with the left mouse button, I select features (active tool in the toolbar) and with the mousewheel, clicking and holding I "panned" (not active in toolbar!) and with Ctrl + mouse-wheel-click and holding I "zoomed in rectangle".

Is there any possibility to define the hotkey in QGIS?

  • Apologies but not sure I completely understand. Are you asking if it's possible to zoom in to each feature by a shortcut key? – Joseph Jul 1 '15 at 10:47
  • no, i mean to zoom in by dragging a rectangle. sorry, i was not precise. – Rebecca Nagel Jul 1 '15 at 12:41
  • and this without selecting the zoom-tool – Rebecca Nagel Jul 1 '15 at 12:42

I think the closest you can get is to assign a shortcut key to the Zoom to selection function. The default is Ctrl + J but you can change this to another key. Using this function will not affect the Select Feature tool:

Zoom to Selection


It is the zoom tool.

select the zoom tool. left click and hold, drag rectangle.

This is from QGIS 2.6.1

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    Well, the asker of this question did explicitly want to not switch the tool, so this "answer" is not an answer to the question. – Golar Ramblar Feb 14 '17 at 19:52
  • Golar is correct. The asker requested that the tool not be switched. This does not answer the question. – Kingfisher Jul 18 '17 at 13:18

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