I have a point shapefile in QGIS where I am manually adjusting some of the points due to overlap. I am using Toggle editing --> Move feature(s) --> Save for all layers. Instead of moving the points these are duplicated. The original point stays where it is, in addition an extra point is created wherever I move it to. This does not seem to lead to any any additional entries in the attribute table.

Any ideas about what I might be doing wrong?

  • Interesting. I tried the same in 2.8.7 and everything works as expected. Do you have write access to your shapefile, is it opened anywhere else or sth? Jun 7, 2016 at 8:28
  • I have write access, and it is not open anywhere else.
    – Lilly
    Jun 7, 2016 at 8:44
  • Is it possible that the shapefile is corrupt? Could you make a copy of the shapefile via rightclick > save as.. and try again with the copy? Jun 8, 2016 at 9:45

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It sounds like you have multiple points stacked on top of each other. Try dragging a selection box over a point and check the attribute table to see how many features you have selected. If it really is duplicating then you might want to update QGIS to a newer version (2.14) and try it again.

  • I had an older version of QGIS on a different laptop, and this worked as expected.
    – Lilly
    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:15

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