I'm using QGIS 2.14.10 LTR, my project crs is EPSG:27700 but the coordinates shown at the bottom of the QGIS window are in lat lon not metres. The odd thing is if I toggle the button to show extent instead of cursor position the figures are presented in metres. I've included a couple of screenshots.

Does anyone have any idea how I can change things to show the cursor location in metres?

cursor position


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The coordinates should be displaying in metres anyway. However, double check that the CRS is set as:

+proj=tmerc +lat_0=49 +lon_0=-2 +k=0.9996012717 +x_0=400000 +y_0=-100000 +ellps=airy +towgs84=446.448,-125.157,542.06,0.15,0.247,0.842,-20.489 +units=m +no_defs

If that does not help, go to Project -> Project Properties and check that the Coordinate display is set to Map Units (Meters): it's the properties window

If none of this works, you have found a bug.

  • Thanks, the display coordinates was set to degrees! I've marked the answer as correct :-)
    – ian
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 14:48
  • No problem! I've had it happen to me a few times
    – nboyko
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 15:01
  • A useful answer thanks! My display defaulted to degrees as well. I upgraded to 3.2 from 2.89, where the co-ordinate display seemingly defaulted to the most relevant for the CRS - Using CRS EPSG 27700 used to default to metres, now it does not. From my perspective, that is a bug. Ideally the display should default to the system most common for that CRS, should it not? Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 16:24

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