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How can I add a layer with X,Y in degrees (from an excelfile) to a map with CRS?

I am using QGIS 2.8.2

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    give an example of what your X,Y looks like in Excel... if they're already in decimal degrees, you can save your Excel to a CSV and add it easily... – DPSSpatial Jan 14 '16 at 21:46
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Assuming your coordinates are in decimal degrees (see the answer of HeyOverThere), you just have to export your Excel file as a CSV and import the CSV following this tutorial. You may need to reproject your layer depending on its original datum.

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If the coordinates are in degrees, minutes, and seconds you'll need to convert those values to decimal. Here's a quick guide on how to do that:

http://mathforum.org/sarah/hamilton/ham.degrees.html

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