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How do you copy all of the non-geometry attribute data from one feature to another "empty" feature? For example, how would I copy all of the non-geometry attribute data from the "Seattle Mariners" polygon to the empty Alaska polygon? Using copy/paste pastes both the attributes and the geometry. I do not want to copy the geometry. Just the non-geometry attributes.

Here are instructions for how to do this in ArcMap. Is there a similar "copy attributes" option in QGIS?

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  • @Taras I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you mean? – Kristen G. Apr 4 at 23:36
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Yes, there is. It's the 'Merge Attributes of Selected Features' button.

  1. First you need to enable the Advanced Digitising toolbar (View > Toolbars > Advanced Digitising).

  2. Then enable editing on your desired layer and select both the feature you want to copy attributes from, and any of the feature(s) you want to copy attributes to.

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  1. In the main window the Merge Attributes of Selected Features button will now activate.

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  1. Now you see your features listed by ID and get the option to decide what attributes get copied over, from which feature. In your case,
    • select the feature you want to copy from, (here it is feature 0) by clicking on the row
    • click "Take attributes from selected feature"
    • scroll across to confirm that you want that attribute across all fields - maybe there is an ID field you don't want copied over. In this example I don't want treeid to be copied over, so I left that as Skip attribute, but everything else will copy the values from Feature 0.

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  1. Click OK and check your attribute table. The values should have copied over now. Note treeid is null because I specified that in the previous step. enter image description here
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  • You are an absolute godsend. I cannot thank you enough for such a clear and detailed answer. One place I kept going wrong was that I kept clicking on "Advanced Digitizing panel" and not "Advanced Digitizing toolbar." I got tunnel vision and couldn't see that there was both a panel and a toolbar, which turn out to be quite different. Thank you again. – Kristen G. Apr 5 at 0:37
  • Yes, it's really quite confusing. They ought to call the Advanced Digitizing Panel "CAD Digitising" or something like that. The Advanced Digitising toolbar has certainly expanded over time; I only discovered Merge Attributes just two weeks ago myself. – she_weeds Apr 5 at 0:46
  • Agreed. I kept yelling at my computer, "but I'm not trying to use CAD tools!" lol – Kristen G. Apr 6 at 15:53

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