Using 3.22.4, I am puzzled with labels in the main map window. When zoomed out to a scale where the labels will conflict with each other, QGIS adds unwanted red labels for those that should be omitted.

As an example, I have 11 closely-placed points labelled SWAKANE_01 through SWAKANE_11. When zoomed out, all 11 labels are printed, and the conflict occurs. When zoomed in, the conflict disappears.

Here's a screenshot zoomed out to 1:500,000 scale. Note the conflicting red labels: enter image description here

However, when I zoom in to a scale that allows all labels to differentiate, the red labels disappear, and all is as it should be.

Here's a screenshot zoomed in to 1:100,000 scale: enter image description here

I can also make the red labels disappear by shrinking the font size, which makes me assume that this is a label placement conflict, but I am unable to stop it. I have played around with all of the placement and obstacle settings in Layer Styling to no avail.


How to disable the red labels when conflicts occur?

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    Your question is not clear. Are you asking how to disable the red label when conflicts happen? Or how to avoid label conflicts and make them nicely appear at zoom-out level? Which one?
    – ahmadhanb
    Commented Mar 15, 2022 at 0:00
  • Good point! OP edited.
    – Stu Smith
    Commented Mar 15, 2022 at 0:26

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Just press the red icon in the labeling toolbar:

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The conflicted labels will disappear.

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