I've noticed a few answers for QGIS/GDAL questions that show how one can edit the console call e.g. https://gis.stackexchange.com/a/159577/76240

Im using QGIS Essen 2.14.3 via OSGeo4W on Windows 7, and I can't see the pencil button indicated so I'm stuck editing a call in notepad and pasting it into the OSgeo4w shell.

Is there an option somewhere I need to change to enable in-tool editing? Has the option simply been removed?

screenshot of gdal tool window

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    Can you provide a screen shot of what you are seeing? Jun 21, 2016 at 3:26
  • Sure, added @EyeMando
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    Jun 21, 2016 at 3:33
  • Mr Andrew Jeffry, I also tried using the method that you have suggested. It does not work anymore. Do you know another method? Dec 17, 2018 at 17:25
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Thats because you are running it from the processing toolbox. Don't know why it happens, but it happens for me too.

Try going: Raster (menu at top of the screen) > Projections > Warp

You should see the pencil button and be able to edit the GDAL code

  • Huh. Well, that's annoying. Thanks though!
    – obrl_soil
    Jun 21, 2016 at 3:52
  • Its weird behaviour, I thought the processing toolbox was just an entry point to the existing tools. Maybe a QGIS dev or someone close to the project can provide an explanation as to whats happening. Jun 21, 2016 at 3:53
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    There is an open ticket for it: hub.qgis.org/issues/11323, but no progress yet in current QGIS-dev 2.15.
    – AndreJ
    Jun 22, 2016 at 18:56

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