I often insert scalebars (that's quite common) in my maps, but the one set by default doesn't suit me at all. Example :

  • Reference point : default is up and left i need it down and right
  • Segments are set to 2 left and 4 right, I need 2 right only
  • Style is simplebox and i need doublebox
  • ...

Do you know a way to default this ? It's a bit tedious to change it manually every time...

For additional info : I didn't find anything in Composer - Settings menu/Composer where i thought i might find those info.


Save your scalebar as a template.

Create a blank composer, add a scalebar with your relevant settings then from the menubar in your print composer, go to:

Composer > Save as Template...

The next time you're creating a map, you can use:

Composer > Add Items from Template...

which will load your scalebar with the options you saved it with.

  • 1
    That rocks ! Thanks for that tip, I realize I never used that menu item before...hem. Time to massively use it :)
    – gisnside
    Sep 8 '16 at 14:40
  • 1
    @RobinP - Most welcome! I have found it useful when tedious tasks began to take its toll on me =)
    – Joseph
    Sep 8 '16 at 14:42

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