I use the Advanced digitizing toolbar -> Copy and move features tool quote often. The biggest problem I have got is that the content from the data attribute table is also replicated. enter image description here

Is there any way to make the "copy and move features" by keeping the attribute table content blank for the duplicated feature?

I think a similar issue was raised here:

Copy a geometry from one feature to another without attributes?

but it applies rather for the separate layers.

  • There are other questions discussing this, in addition to the one you mention. I'm not sure about the plugin mentioned here but almost all answers do this through an intermediate scratch layer, probably because of the potential annoyance of having two features with exactly the same geometry in one layer. See also gis.stackexchange.com/questions/184057/…. The final destination for the feature could be the original layer or a different one.
    – hgb
    Commented Apr 6, 2022 at 14:07
  • OK, the question under your link doesn't solve the problem as I don't know what is the "intermediate table". Could you clarify?
    – Geographos
    Commented Apr 6, 2022 at 14:25
  • You are correct, my comment does not answer how to do this in one layer. Instead, I added another link to answers doing this into separate layers and a rationale for why the software might not be designed to copy geometries in place in the same layer. If that was easy to do, I think users would end up with a lot of layers with unintended, somewhat invisible, duplicate features. As one example of creating an intermediate layer, create a new temporary scratch layer.
    – hgb
    Commented Apr 6, 2022 at 14:39
  • I think it won't be the perfect solution, as it adds up quite a lot of additional work
    – Geographos
    Commented Apr 6, 2022 at 14:43
  • i wonder if there is a 'clear all attribute values' tool/plugin which would help here. Copy-paste, then clear attributes. Maybe investigate that.
    – nr_aus
    Commented Mar 1, 2023 at 1:42

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I think the best option is instead to Move and Copy feature using the "Add new point/line/polygon feature" and therefore we will get all the columns from the attribute value with empty inputs. We need just use the one criterion on which our styling was based and that's it!

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