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So I want to combine all the polygons that share two different attribute values and don't really know where to start.

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The selection shows you my problem, they both have the same classification (890) and belong to the same block (third column). I want these (and all other similar occurences) to be considered a single multipart polygon. How?

The regular singlepart to multipart tool won't do me any good since I will loose either classification field or the block id field.

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I would use the Dissolve geoprocessing tool:

Vector > Geoprocessing Tools > Dissolve...

Then, specify the column on which to merge polygons (in your case: JG2).

I did the test and it works good, you do preserve your 3 columns.

If you want to merge polygons based on 2 columns only, then concatenate the content of the two columns in a new one (string type) and use the Dissolve tool on this new column. This can be done easily with the Field Calculator using the following expression:

"JG2" || '_' || "Blockid"
  • The problem with your first answer is the same as with doing single part to multi part. Yes I do get to keep all the columns, but the values in those columns get thrown away. But the string concatenation thing did just what I tried to do! Thanks! – Iamlukesky Nov 17 '15 at 13:45
  • I did not get values thrown away problem with Dissolve tool... (?) – wiltomap Nov 17 '15 at 13:55

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