I'm seriously desperate - several times I've used the atlas tool and it worked simple and perfect. Now, the focus doesn't change according to the polygon features in the "coverage layer". Selecting the polygon layer with 50 overlapping rectangular areas works, setting page name shows the fields of the dataset correctly, and pushing the "Preview Atlas" button in the toolbar identifies that there are 50 pages ... but neither changing the page via dropdown nor via arrow-symbols moves the extent according to the positions of the corresponding feature ... no idea why.

Already tested with

  • smaller dataset
  • new test-dataset (manually edited some polygons)
  • QGIS versions: windows 3.14; windows 3.16, mac 3.16

(and my deadline is today at 2359 => desperately asking for ideas)

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Did you check the following e.g "Controlled by Atlas" ticked with "Margin around feature" set to 10% mainly. See other red parts in my screenshots

Atlas config 1

Atlas config 2

  • 1000 thanks ... "controlled by Atlas" was unchecked ! ! !
    – robert tuw
    Mar 24, 2021 at 22:00
  • Sure it was not so complex. Going in circles without finding with deadline. All been here one time or another.
    – ThomasG77
    Mar 24, 2021 at 22:08

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