I have shapefiles with maps of school districts by state. However, some of these districts go beyond the state's area, shown below. How can I automatically adjust the boundries of the districts that extend beyond the state's land mass so that they don't any longer? Ideally, using qgis, but any solution is welcome. In other words, I'm just looking to cut off features in the school district shapefiles based on the Michigan feature in the U.S. map shapefile.

Michigan school districts Michigan school districts

Michigan school districts and state outline Michigan school districts and state outline

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    Welcome to GIS:SE @T. Woltjer! I think the Clip tool may be what you are looking for: Vector > Geoprocessing Tools > Clip :) – Joseph May 31 '18 at 13:05
  • I am looking to preserve the districts, just remove all the bits going out into the lakes and such. – Thomas W. May 31 '18 at 14:34

As Joseph has mentioned before the best way is to use a Clip tool.

Otherwise, you can use

Vector > Geoprocessing Tools > Intersect tool

  • With a little bit of messing around with the settings, it worked like a charm! I don't see how the Clip tool could keep the features, but intersect did. – Thomas W. May 31 '18 at 14:36

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