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i'd be thankful for your help.

My QGIS-project has the CRS WGS 84 EPSG 4326 and so does the shapefile I created. The coordinates on the edge of the window however shows, I think, meters, although I defined the displayed coordinates should be decimal degrees.

The other problem is: I want to upload the shapefile on a google maps plug-in on a specific website. It doesn't work and I guess it has to do with the wrong extent of the shapefile are 7-digit numbers, but the units are defined as degrees.

Can somebody help here?

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    Save the shapefile using the desired CRS. – Erik Mar 14 at 16:08
  • Hi Erik, thanks for the answer! I set the right CRS, but the extent isn't correctly displayed. It is displayed in meters, although it should be shown in decimal degrees. and it also says, that the unit is degrees, e.g.: CRS: EPSG:4326 - WGS 84 - Geographic Extent: 10701744.1718820650130510,2700485.6572296000085771 : 10709273.2633095216006041,2711653.5121450801379979 Unit: degrees So my problem is, that the extent isn't correct. Can you help here? – Lisa Mar 14 at 17:11
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    the extent is directly derived from the data's coordinate range; if it's shown in e.g. meter, the data's reference frame (or CRS) is not EPSG:4326. one of the most infamous beginners mistakes is to set a CRS vs. to reproject; get the correct CRS from the data provider, set the CRS back to the original and then reproject the data into EPSG:4326 (as @Erik mentioned you have to save a copy of the shapefile; in the dialog you can enter the target CRS and QGIS will reproject the data correctly into the new file) – ThingumaBob Mar 14 at 18:33
  • Where's the data supposed to be? – mkennedy Mar 14 at 19:07
  • Okay, thanks @ThingumaBob! – Lisa Mar 19 at 11:08

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