I am wondering if it is possible to convert the results of the QGIS (3.16.0-Hannover) measure tool to a polyline (or shapefile). I need to make a series of linear measurements and would like to keep a record of the geometry of what I measured. When I try to paste the results of the "Copy All" from the measure tool I get an empty attribute table however the number of blank features shown is the same as the number of measurement segments so, it feels like the info is there... somehow....


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I'm not aware of any way to export the measurement. Maybe you could edit and create real lines as mesurement lines and calculate the lengths from that layer.

  • Thank you @Jean-Sebastien Moreau, I was thinking of that as a "Plan B" and I think it will become plan A... unfortunate though as it seems to be duplication of efforts. Thanks again for your response.
    – Jimbobauer
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 21:24
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    @Jimbobauer Also there is a style that display the measurement if you want something more visual with this solution (see the QGIS Ressource Sharing plugin > Faunalia Repository > Distance Measurement Styles)
    – J.R
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 23:07
  • Thanks @J.R. I will dig a little deeper into that suggestion.
    – Jimbobauer
    Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 16:30

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