I've got an atlas in QGIS 3.2 and also 2.18. There is a main frame showing a map with points. Underneath there is a table with further information about the points.

If there are many points, the table extends to a 2nd page. From this point on, there is always a 2nd blank page. I tried to set Don't export page if frame is empty with no result. Maybe this option is being overridden at some point (it is automatically unselected after turning the atlas off/on or exporting).

Tried many more things. Now I'm stuck.

  • From a cartographical (and also lazy) point of view I would ask first: Is the table really necessary? Could you transfer the bare minimum of information via symbology (color, form, size, pattern)? If not, would small labels suffice? Any map you want to procude should be easily readable and understandable - using a table is the probably most effective way to prevent this.
    – Erik
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 10:16
  • Thanks for the reply. Yes, the table is a must. The points are locations that are necessary in emergency procedures. The table contents an ID and a description. Approx. 300 characters long.
    – Tobi
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 11:25
  • Mapsize and -scale a fixed (as in "part of the standardised layout")?
    – Erik
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 12:18
  • Erik, you are my hero. I had to lock the elements in the upper window. I have always used or tried expressions to achieve this :-D
    – Tobi
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 14:19
  • That's actually not what I meant, but you're welcome =) feel free to write an answer to your post and accept it, since you came along with the solution.
    – Erik
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 14:24

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The solution here is to lock the items in the layout that are static in size and position. Fixing the position and size by expressions for each element seems to be not enough for the atlas function. Example table extends on 2nd page which will be removed when the table is short enough to fit page 1. All static items have to be locked

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