My laptop (Lenovo x1) usually crashes When I add legend to a map composer in QGIS (QGIS 3.2 BONN). Problem is that all layers in the project will be "auto-updated" to the legend and this will get my laptop "stuck". Why is this "auto-update" box is pre-defined and checked. Of course this is dependant on your project size..but is there anyway to prevent this? i.e How to code "un-checked" auto-update box from the start?

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Open a new, empty project. Add print composition, style it to your needs and when adding the legend, uncheck that box. Save the composition as a template and then use that template, whenever you need to create a map.

Also, you should remove the compositions from your project after having created a map, since loading compositions upon opening the project anew can result in significantly longer loading times.

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    I think QGIS 3 no longer pre-loads compositions when opening a project.
    – MrXsquared
    Commented Feb 5, 2019 at 9:45

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