I have set up a number of templates for the print composer in QGIS.

In the Print Composer, there is the option to have the map image displayed in 3 ways:

  • as a blank rectangle with no updates until it is output
  • as a manual refresh based on cache
  • as a rendered refresh

When my templates are opened, the map image loads as a blank rectangle by defualt, is there a way either in QGIS settings or in the template itself to force the map image to load as "Cache" or "Render" without having to manually change this?

  • This is rectified in QGIS v2 onwards
    – geobar
    Nov 18, 2015 at 15:14

1 Answer 1


QGIS V2 onwards solves this. The question was submitted using QGIS 1.8

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