I'm new to QGIS (and GIS in general)

I'm creating a map and would like to manually enter lat-long coordinates in decimal format.

vertex editor

As you can see, the vertex editor uses a different coordinate system (I assume it's metres) but I'd like to set coordinates in decimal format, just like the bottom right of the photo

How can I do this?

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If you have a list of coordinates, put them into a csv and then load the csv.

If you have to do it "on the fly", create a new layer with a degree based coordinate reference system (CSR), e.g. WGS 84 (EPSG-code 4326).

Out of couriosity: Why do you want to enter the coordinates manually and one by one?

  • Any way to convert the existing layer to decimal format?
    – mateos
    Aug 1, 2018 at 7:17
  • and it's just a small handful of coordinates i'd like to set by hand
    – mateos
    Aug 1, 2018 at 7:18
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    There's the possibility to set the CRS when saving a layer to a new location.
    – Erik
    Aug 1, 2018 at 7:21
  • Awesome thanks, you can add that as another answer or include it into your current one. It helped
    – mateos
    Aug 1, 2018 at 7:27

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