I have some line labels that are parallel to the line. When I manually move a label with the "moove label" tool, it sets the rotation of the label back to 0 Degrees. It is not parallel to the line anymore. Why is QGIS doing this and how do I stop this?

I'm using QGIS 3.4.13

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  • to my knowledge you cannot move a line label manually. whenever i had to do it i had to split the line and remove the duplicated label manually. still, i would really appreciate a plugin for doing it, i really hope someone comes out with a proper answer...
    – Loumpa
    Feb 6, 2020 at 14:49
  • @Loumpa, From View ~> Toolbars ~> Label Toolbar, you can manually move labels. Feb 6, 2020 at 18:18

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Because the rotation is actually being managed by the labeling engine.

When you define the placement by data (moving the label), there is no data for the rotation so it is zero.

But you can define a expression for the rotation (Edit... option of the Data defined, Rotation submenu):

    ) + 90

What are we doing? Retrieving the angle of the geometry at the nearest point of the label placement. The angle retrieved is from North, so we are adding 90 degrees for the label rotation.

For labels not moved, the rotation will be managed by the engine as before.


  • this would place a straight label, although with an angle. is there a way to move curved labels that follow curved lines, for example a river name label?
    – Loumpa
    Feb 7, 2020 at 8:10
  • @Loumpa, Curved labels can be moved by the same way, but the label is treated as straight once it is moved. Feb 7, 2020 at 12:33

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