Similar to how CAD works, is there a way to quickly hide all other layers than the one you are working on?

Working on QGIS 2.18 on mac

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    Please have a look at this link. The Manage visibility option should be useful for your task.
    – nash
    Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 15:51
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    @nash You should post an answer to explain the manipulation. It's a good answer :)
    – gisnside
    Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 15:59

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You can :

  • Select the group of layers you need to switch
  • Group all the layers by right clicking on them

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  • use the Mutually Exclusive option : it allows only one layer activated in the group.

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After that, you click on the box of one layer and it deactivates all the others. You can click another and it will automatically deactivate the previous one.

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  • That is very handy and just what i was looking for, thank you! Commented Apr 29, 2017 at 14:41

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