I've downloaded this file: http://geoportal.statistics.gov.uk/datasets/0b09996863af4b5db78058225bac5d1b_3

Yet I cannot get the shapes of counties, the symbol given by default is a marker. Can anyone help? I just want a layer showing counties.

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I don't know what you downloaded, but if you hit the little arrow on the download button and select 'Shapefile', you sould get a layer showing counties. At least that's what I got.

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  • For some reason, I can't see anything at all. It's loaded in layers however. Mar 11, 2019 at 11:25
  • same for me, i got a polygon shapefile. Maybe a bad qgis display setting ? What kind of layer icon do u have in the layers panel ?
    – Snaileater
    Mar 11, 2019 at 11:27
  • Have you checked if the coordinate reference system of your project is the same as the layers coordinate reference system?
    – blabbath
    Mar 11, 2019 at 11:27
  • I have a square with purple inside. What is CRS? Mar 11, 2019 at 11:28
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    So ... what was the explanation ?
    – Snaileater
    Mar 11, 2019 at 19:10

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