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I have a polygon layer with a number as label. Now I want that my labeling is always in the left upper corner of the single polygon, like in the screenshot.The red rectangle is the position, where the label should be placed

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If I zoom in the should be visible and placed like in the second screenshot.

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If such a labeling is possible, how can I create that?

I tried the labeling tab of the gui, but it doesn´t work pretty well With my settings the labels of other polygons where placed in their visible neighbours

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To get that result in QGIS 3.14:

  • Check the 'Geometry generator' option inside the labels options and add make_point(x_min( $geometry), y_max( $geometry)) in the expression box
  • Select 'Offset from point' placement
  • Select the bottom right Placement Quadrant
  • Adjust the 'Offset X,Y' settings to move the label a little away from the corner if necessary

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An alternative method for older QGIS versions:

  • Duplicate your layer (we'll use one layer for the grid and another for the labels)
  • Select 'Single Symbol' styling
  • Select 'Geometry Generator' as 'Symbol layer type'
  • Select 'Point/Multipoint' as 'Geometry type'
  • Add make_point(x_min( $geometry), y_max( $geometry)) in the expression box
  • Change the 'Symbol layer type' under 'Geometry Generator' from 'Simple marker' to 'Font marker'.
  • Set the 'Anchor point' to 'top left'
  • Click on the 'Data defined overide' button next to the 'Character' box and select 'Edit'.
  • In the window that pops up type in the field name (between double quotes) you want to use to label.
  • Click OK
  • Adjust the 'Offset X,Y' settings to move the label a little away from the corner if necessary

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  • Thank you very much for your help. Then we have to update our QGIS version in the company. Now we use QGIS 3.4.8 LTR. In this version I don´t find the geometry generator in the placement tab
    – joe_gerner
    Jul 23, 2020 at 9:12
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    I've added an alternative for older QGIS versions, that even works in QGIS 2.18. Jul 23, 2020 at 9:48
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To completely answer the question we need to extend the answer of Michel by adding a label to any grid squares cut off by the top and left hand edges of the canvas. This can be done by updating the geometry expression to:

make_point(x_min(intersection(@map_extent, $geometry)), y_max( intersection(@map_extent, $geometry)))

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  • Could I force the labeling into the associated polygon? If I zoom in, some labels of cut off polygons appear in other polygons.
    – joe_gerner
    Jul 27, 2020 at 6:25

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