I have many layers that I want to symbol with same rules

Currently, I right click on each layer-->properties-->style--> categorized-->column-->use(my case)-->classify--> -switchboard - star symbol -other - regular circle symbol

now this rules apply to all of the layers that I have. switchboards get a star and other points get a circles.

it's just that I have many layers that I need to apply it to.

Is there a way to do it faster?

For each layer I use an individual color, but I use the same color for the star and the circle e.g if in switchboard 3 I have 24 regular points and 1 switchboard point for the regular I use blue circle and for the switchboard I use blue star I do that by changing the color of each symbol and that's only for switchboard 3. for switchboard 4 I'll use the color red

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You can copy and paste styles between layers.

So apply as you do for the first layer.

Then right click on the layer in the layers panel, choose Styles> Copy Style.

Then for the other layers, right click, choose Styles> Paste Style.

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    Alternatively, you can save styling through Layer Properties > Style > Style (bottom) > Save Style and then apply them to other layers.
    – Taras
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 10:14
  • Okay, So now I have many layers having the style that I need but in the same color, any Idea how I apply different colors on the layers?
    – tristramit
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 10:19
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    I recommend you set-up a keyboard shortcut for copying and pasting styles, as this is a common thing to do. (I personally have it set-up as Shift+C and Shift+V)
    – GHRF
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 13:06

You can set one general rule-based symbology that will apply to all your layers. Just build new rules with your desired symbologies (color for each layer, symbol for each feature type) using those references:

"your_field" = value AND @layer_id = 'layer_id'

In the expression string builder, you can find the layer ID values in the Map Layers section while the @layer_id variable is found in the Variables section. "your_field" should be the condition field for point symbology and the 'layer_id' value will control which layer the rule will apply to.

From there, when the rule-based symbology is built, just use the copy/paste style options from the right-click contextual menu in the layers panel.

Here's an example: enter image description here

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