I have labels of a shapefile which I created through Easy Custom Labeling (labeling toolbar). I want to move the labels around manually to arrange them better but QGIS draws a line wherever I move them to. How can I disable this?

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'Use custom dash pattern' was off anyway. I tried changing the line width to 0, even the pen to 'no pen' and also changed the value in the 'LblShowCO' column back to Null values. Still I have this annoying line :(

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In EasyLabeling there is a column called LblShowCO which is set to 1 or 0 depending on if you have moved a label or not. This is used to control the custom dash string in the style:

CASE WHEN LblShowCO = 1 

The easiest way to turn off all leader lines is to turn off Use Custom Dash Pattern in the style. Or set the line to have 0 width, or you can either set all the values to that column to NULL or remove 0 and then remove the ELSE clause if you need to keep some of the lines.

  • Thanks for the suggestions. I tried everything but still the line is there (see screenshot above) Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 7:56
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    Okay now I tried the 'no pen' option but without setting the width to 0 which worked! Weird but it worked :) Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 7:57

You could use an alternative solution with the QGIS build-in solution to move labels by adding 2 real-type fields to your layer (LABEL_X and LABEL_Y for example). Then you define in its properties the two field to control X and Y coordinates of your label.

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Then you use the label toolbar to move your labels... with no lines :

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some more infos here : How does manual Label Placement in QGIS 1.9 work? (it works with QGIS 2.16)

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