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I am a complete novice with QGIS.

I have completed my first project in QGIS 2.18.9 on a Mac. I need to transfer it to another Windows computer.

How can I best do this while retaining all my settings and plugins etc.?

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    Welcome to GIS:SE @AFinch74! Perhaps this post might help: Open project made on OSX lion on a windows computer with QGIS. In terms of plugins, you could transfer them to your Windows account: C:\Users\You\.qgis2\python\plugins – Joseph Aug 4 '17 at 11:52
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Do you need to keep settings of the project, or settings of QGIS itself?

To save your project with all its layers, groups and styles I recommend using QConsolidate plugin - it will copy all of your files including .qgs itself to a single folder (don't forget to check "Show also experimental plugins" checkbox to see it).

As for moving plugins - please follow @Joseph 's recommendations above and this answer.

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