I have multiple points selected, that I would like to filter out. I can copy each cell value, but that is multiple clicks. Is there a simple way to copy the value of multiple rows from a single column?

Using a simple example, I have selected the following points, I would like to be able to copy 1, 84, 900 so I can filter out those values.

fid name
1 A
84 AI
900 PQ

Found a Workable Solution: Using the Selection as Filter plugin, I selected the features I want to omit, then did an inverse selection based on that. Then used the show 'selected features only' feature of the plugin.

I still feel like it would be useful for users to be able to copy multiple cell values from the attribute table, but this works for me for now.

2 Answers 2


Copy selected field values

If you want to copy indeed the field values of the selected features, use this expression, where "id" is the field's name: array_to_string (array_agg ("id", filter:=is_selected(@feature)))

Filtering selected fields

The apply a filter based on the selected features, simply click on Show Selected Features at the bottom of the attribute table:

Filtering attribute table to only show selected features (click on invert selection to hide the selected features):

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  • Where should the expression be typed?
    – jpinilla
    Commented Nov 16, 2023 at 15:35
  • For example in the field calculator if you want to calculate a new field, based on the values of the selected features, or in Geometry generator.
    – Babel
    Commented Nov 16, 2023 at 15:45
  • I tried this in the query builder for applying a filter, but it didn't work. I'm exploring some parts of the expression though to see if I can find a way. Thanks for the suggestion!
    – user233642
    Commented Nov 16, 2023 at 17:06
  • Instead of "id" use a fieldname you have. Difficult to say what's going wrong without have some details.
    – Babel
    Commented Nov 16, 2023 at 17:20

I'm not sure I understand the question correctly. If your layer contains points and you want to retrieve a selection from the layer, simply select the points and save a new one by checking 'selected objects' (here in yellow)

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  • Hi, thanks for the suggestion, and I've done this in the past. But after a while, it became too difficult to maintain all the various layers. Now I prefer to keep datasets whole and apply filters and notes, rather than continuously create new shapefiles or scratch layers.
    – user233642
    Commented Nov 16, 2023 at 16:02

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