I am using QGIS 2.12.2. I am using three vector layers (point, polyline and polygon shapefiles) of the region of interest. Any advice in making the selections from one dataset based on the other dataset? What I am trying to do is to select the features of other two layers based on the one layer in QGIS.

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The tools available only allow you to make selections on one vector layer based on one other layer. There are a number of tools which allows you to make selections, just to name a few common ones:

  • Spatial selection

    1. Spatial Query

      (Vector > Spatial Query)

    2. Select by location

      (Vector > Research Tools > Select by location; Processing Toolbox > Select by location)

  • Attribute selection

    1. Select by attribute

      (Processing Toolbox > Select by attribute)

If you type "Select" in the Processing Toolbox, you will see additional selection tools:

Processing Toolbox

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    Thanks Joseph for your feedback. However, I noticed that the available tools did not allow such facility. I need to make selections of features of other two layers (polygons and polylines for example) from a point shapefile (say).
    – khajlk
    Jan 11, 2016 at 11:20
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    @JibranKhan - I don't think there's an existing tool that allows you to make selections on one layer based on two layers. You could buffer your line layer with an extremely low buffer distance (e.g. 0.001) so that your line layer becomes another polygon layer; merge these two to create one layer and use this for your selection with your point tool.
    – Joseph
    Jan 11, 2016 at 11:46

There is a plugin called multiple layer selection.

Plugins > All > Multiple Layer Selection > Install

  • To be honest, I found this the most straight forward and fastest way to do it.
    – g07kore
    Feb 2, 2020 at 15:41
  • I can't find this plugin from the library. I'm using QGIS 3.10. Apr 2, 2020 at 9:18

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