The accepted answer to this question suggests that the buffer color can be set as a data defined label property. However, in the Layer Properties > Labels > Advanced tab, the only options I can see for the buffer are size and transparency. How can I set the BufferColor property?

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There is a separate labelling method found under the Layer menu (NOT from the layer properties). Use this instead of the normal labeling you get from the layer properties menu.

Go to: Layer->Labelling and then click on the 'Data defined settings' tab. Scroll to just over halfway down. To use this you need to set values in your attribute table.

  • Found this seconds before I read your answer - thanks :) Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 13:46

It's not in the Advanced Tab, it's in the Data defined settings tab:

Layer Properties > Labels > Data defined settings > Buffer

Set buffer color.

(At least in QGIS 1.9.0-master.)

  • This isn't in 1.8 Lisboa - sorry, I should have specified my version. Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 13:46

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