I am trying to save selected features into a new shapefile using QGIS 10.2. The new file does not contain the aliases for the field names.
Is there a way to maintain the aliases in new files?
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You can retrieve the field aliases, when you save the style of your original layer to .qml and then load it to your new layer:
Open the layer properties: At the bottom of the window, there is a Style button (next to Help).
Save from orginal:
Properties -> Style (dropdown) -> Save Style -> QGIS Layer Style File
Load to new layer:
Properties -> Style (dropdown) -> Load Style ...
Of course, this will transfer also all other styles and settings of the original layer.