OK, so I am making a print layout which has two maps, one an inset map with just a skeleton of a line layer and the other is the detail map at higher resolution. In the detail map, I want to show the labels for each arm of the skeleton. For the inset map, I want the labels to be off.

Even when I 'lock layers for map item', the labels still update in the inset map when the map is exported to PDF.

The update preview is set to Cache for both, but I don't think this has an impact of what gets exported.

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"Lock layers for map item" controls whether enabling/disabling layers in the map view is synced with the print layout. Symbology and labels are always synced.

For your use case, I'd recommend adding a scale range to the labels. When zoomed out, labels will disappear.


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