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I have just started to use the Rule-based labeling feature in QGIS but am not able to move the labels - x and y coordinates are defined

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    Could you perhaps edit your post to include screenshots of the options you used? How did you define your x and y coordinates, are they stored in the attributes table? – Joseph Dec 3 '15 at 13:10
  • You could use the easycustomlabeling plugin. You can convert your labels from a certain layer into movable labels.. If you don't have to many labels you could consider using this plugin – DirkB. Dec 3 '15 at 16:10
  • It's not possible to do in QGIS 2.12. You'd need to switch to non rule based labels. – ndawson Dec 3 '15 at 21:08
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If you define the X and Y coordinates for your label with the rule-based renderer then your label will be fixed at that point.

You could build an expression to alter the X and/or Y coordinate. For (a somewhat contrived) example:

case when type = city then $x + 500 else $x end

Otherwise, the EasyCustomLabelling plugin (https://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/EasyCustomLabeling/) as mentioned above will give you full control over label placement. Just be aware that the labels are saved to a memory layer and will not persist.

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