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In ARCGis its possible to Clip your Data Frame so you just see the Data within the defined area. Like shown here: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/maps/pdfs/GIS-Tips-Data-Frame-Clip-Function.pdf

With this functions the loading of large WMS Basemaps Speeds up.

Is this possible in QGIS Map View?

  • Little confused. You wants to clip wms, or speeds up wms? – GSienko Mar 15 at 13:37
  • sorry for not making it clear. I have a aerophoto of an big area as WMS basemap. THe loading is very slow, so i want to define a smaller working area for my Project. Without the defined area the basemap shouldnt be loading, like shown in the link i posted. – DanjoP Mar 18 at 7:11
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The Data Frame is an element of the ArcMap user interface.

QGIS does not have an exact equivalent of the Data Frame. Some of the features of the Data Frame can be reproduced in QGIS, but not all of them.

  • A visual mask (as demonstrated by gisnside) can be used to hide data outside an area of interest. However, the mask doesn't clip the data, it only obscures it. It doesn't speed up loading times (in fact, it tends to slow them down, especially if you use a transparent mask). AFAIK, QGIS doesn't have a feature that does this.
  • Layer Panel groups function similarly to data frames by grouping layers together. However, unlike in a Data Frame, you can enable multiple groups at the same time. I like to use a "mutually exclusive" group for WMS basemaps.
  • This blog post mentions a new feature in QGIS called "multiple map views," which sounds like it does some of the things that Data Frames do. According to the blog post, this feature isn't well documented yet. There's with an embedded YouTube video (which I haven't watched) if you want to learn more about it.
  • thanks for your answer. i will check out the "mutliple map views". unfortunatly we are using QGIS 2.18 @ work. But I will ask the admin for an update :) – DanjoP Mar 18 at 7:04
  • If you figure out what the "multiple map views" feature does, you could post an answer about it. That would be useful to others who have the same question. – csk Mar 18 at 17:13
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In QGIS, you have powerful styling possibility called inverted polygons. Just take the clip polygon you need. Style it the way you want the outside. Then change the style to invert polygon. Screenshot is in french, please tell me if you need the same in english. Below I used a 80% opacity white inverted polygon.

The only thing is my answer doesn't physically "cut" the WMS underneath, it's just styling.

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  • thanks for the answer. i already tried the inverted Polygons (sorry for not mentioned that). To "hide" data outside my working area its good but my Problem is the slow loading of the WMs map. – DanjoP Mar 18 at 6:59

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