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I am a new user to Quantum GIS. I am looking for a tool/function that will allow a user to type in coordinates, and place the cursor on that exact position. This is for navigation in the field...

Here is a bit of context...

I need to provide a laptop with an interactive map to a colleague. He will hike around with a gps and the laptop. When he stops, he will check his position on the gps, and (hopefully) be able to type in the coords in QGIS on the laptop to see were he is on the map.

I know how to do this with ArcGIS (its the "go to x,y" tool).

Hopefully there is something similar in QGIS.

Thanks a million!

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For QGIS 3.x and 2.x there is a plugin called Lat Lon Tools https://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/latlontools/

It will let you enter coordinates in a variety of formats and pan to them at the current zoom level. It also has a variety of other features.

Coordinate entry interface

The location is marked with a red crosshairs

Crosshair on map

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  • From Plugins Menu -> Featch Python Plugins.
  • Install ZoomToCoordinates Plugin.
  • On entering the x and y, it will flash a cursor on the location.

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  • @MarieDucharme please upvote helpful answers and accept answers that solve your problem by clicking the tick mark besides the answer. – underdark Jul 18 '13 at 18:01
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    @I-B Three options a) you can modify it yourself if your familiar with Python and the QGIS API, b) submit a feature request for that plugin at QGIS Plugins page or c) hire a developer to do it for you. – SaultDon Jul 18 '13 at 18:22
  • @I-B Please open a new thread instead of piggybacking on an existing question. – underdark Jul 18 '13 at 18:26
  • I guess I don't see the point in that, so I'll just Google it instead. Thanks. – ianbroad Jul 18 '13 at 18:31
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You can do just pasting/typing X,Y value in status bar and hit enter and change scale to zoom in/out. See image below

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  • Is this true? Does not seem to work for me. After pasting coordinates and hitting enter, nothing. – Michael Pell Oct 15 '15 at 12:35
  • It works for me – mcont Feb 14 '17 at 17:18
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    that works for me, but it doesn't mark the location, just give you an extent – rankthefirst Nov 30 '17 at 7:39

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