Unfortunately my QGIS doesn't really want me to change the Projection of the OSM Vector data. I downloaded processed Vector OSM Data which was in the (normal) Mercator Projection. I put the layers in QGIS and reprojected everyone of them separately in the same cartesian system (EPSG: 32632) and set the Project EPSG 32632. Then I saved the files to be sure everything is in the new projection. When I open the files however everything looks fine until I try to put a buffer around a POI or something else. It looks like the extension of my layers is like 50 centimetres now which cant be because the area I am working with is around 300km extended (minimum). When I use the original (unreprojected files) everything is in perfect order, but I want to use it in UTM since I want to work with exact distances and metres/kilometres. Is it the files or did i reproject wrong (which I doubt since ive done it quite a few times and this never happened). I already tried reopening QGIS or reprojecting it again and I had the same issue. enter image description here

  • We definitely need more details on this. How did you reproject? What distance did you buffer your reprojected data with? Can you provide a screenshot of the issue?
    – Erik
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 9:46
  • how did you reproject the data?
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 10:25
  • i have multiple layers e.g. osm_places, osm_pois etc. I opened them in QGIS. switched the EPSg in the bottom right corner to 32632, right clicked on the layer i wanted to reproject --> then on set crs --> set layer crs --> EPSG 32632. After this i went on export --> save feature as --> saved it as a shapefile in destined folder and reopened it.
    – user189028
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 10:32
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    Setting the CRS is not reprojecting. Hence your whole workflow is faulty.
    – Erik
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 13:41

1 Answer 1


Try this:

Right click on layer to be reprojected -> Export -> Save Feature As... -> Change CRS to whatever you need (see screenshot below)

This should actually reproject your files - just setting it will not reproject, it will assume your file is in this CRS already and just interpret it using the new CRS.

screenshot export in new CRS

  • Thank you very much i made it now! :)
    – user189028
    Commented Jul 30, 2021 at 16:51

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