I have a publicly available shapefile that shows tree species in all the National Resources Wales forests. I have clipped the file to the single forest of interest with the species as Label. This displays exactly as I wanted in QGIS but when exported as KML it only shows polygons, no labels. I tried the link suggested but it didn't work with my starting file. I also tried exporting as SQLite but still had polygons, no labels. It is possible that the clipping has corrupted the file? It is labelled as scratch layer, if I 'Make permanent' polygons and labels disappear. I have tried exporting original (unclipped) as KML with same results so it is not the clipping that causes the problem. I have retried saving in different formats, SQL, Shapefile but noticed that when"Save as layer" is ticked the layer initially has no labels but if I set label to prispecies or unset/reset the labels then appear.

  • Unfortunately it didn't work in my case. Still polygons, no labels.
    – Vic
    Apr 14, 2023 at 16:20
  • Are you trying to get the labels shown in Google Earth, or are you re-adding the KML to QGIS and want to see the labels in QGIS?
    – til_b
    Apr 14, 2023 at 16:47
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    I can see labels in QGIS but not in GEP when exported as kml.
    – Vic
    Apr 14, 2023 at 16:51

2 Answers 2


Try adding a field named 'Name' and put your labels under that field. Then, export the data as KML.

  • Should I add 'Name' to Shapefile? If so how?
    – Vic
    Apr 14, 2023 at 16:25
  • Yes. Easiest way is probably to use the field calculator to create a new string field equal to the value of the field you want to use as the label.
    – Llaves
    Apr 14, 2023 at 16:31
  • Field calculator is beyond my experience,could you give some pointers please.
    – Vic
    Apr 14, 2023 at 16:39

Not as I wanted but close, the polygons are not labelled when loaded into GEP as they are in QGIS but give a polygon a left click and the attributes pop up in a dialogue box. Any unwanted fields were deleted in Properties-Fields to keep pop up compact and relevant to CRST users.

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