I am changing computers at work and I want to be able to bring all of my old layouts (the ones accessed through the layout manager) over to my new computer. Each layout is set up on a particular location in the exact place I want it. If I have to recreate these in the future, I don't think I could make them 100% the same and I would have to redo hours of work.

I searched through the QGIS files and I didn't see anything that was definitely the save point for each layout.

Does anyone know where these are saved?

Image of my custom layouts as shown in the Layout manager

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They are stored within your qgis project file (.qgs or .qgz). So changing your computer will have no effect on your layouts. Just open the QGIS-Project file on your new computer and they will be there.

You can open .qgs files with a texteditor and search for Layouts if you want to take a look at them. However, .qgz files are packed and need to be unzipped first.

Here's a screenshot of the .qgs file with the layout stored:

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You can also export your layout as a template:

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    Ah! Fantastic. I didn't even consider that they might be a part of the project file. Thank you so much for your concise and thorough answer.
    – Tye
    Dec 17, 2018 at 19:13
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    @MrXsquared If your project in the QGZ format, just unzip this file, then you will have the QGS file in it.
    – etrimaille
    Dec 17, 2018 at 23:45

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