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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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Not sure if this is the exact answer you want it wouldnt be exporting the aliases directly but you can do this:

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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.

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