I want to check the coordinates of a point.

On selecting this point in ArcGIS it displays a latitude and Longitude . In ArcGIS I found an option in 'Identity Tool' that the Latitude and Longitude can be changed into desired units say for eg: Decimal degrees, decimeters etc.

But when the same file is opened in QGIS and the same point is selected it shows me a Latitude and Longitude point but its unit can not be adjusted.

In QGIS, is there a method to change the display units of the point, similar to how ArcGIS does this?

  • How exactly do you want to show it? Nov 8, 2013 at 9:48
  • @DevdattaTengshe sorry I cant understand your Question?can you come again?
    – Arun
    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:51
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    What do you mean by 'desired metrices'? In what unit do you want to show the coordinates? DMS? or something else? Nov 8, 2013 at 9:53
  • Degree minutes seconds or even meters
    – Arun
    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:55
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    If meters then in which projection? Nov 8, 2013 at 9:57

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If I understand well, you have your data in a Coordinate System (from your description, probably geographic one), and you want to see\capture coordinates in a different system.

In QGIS you can do the following:

Option 1 -Set you Project to the desired coordinate system

  • Make sure you set the correct CRS for your layers using right-click over the layer name > Set Layer CRS;
  • Go to Project > Project Properties > CRS;
  • Turn on the fly projection, and choose the desired coordinate system, in your case NAD 83 (but I think you need to be more specific about it);

Now when you move your mouse over the map canvas you will see the coordinates in the desired system.

Option 2 - Use the Coordinate Capture plugin

  • Make sure you set the correct CRS for your layers using right-click over the layer name > Set Layer CRS;
  • Right-click over an empty space in a toolbar and select the Coordinate Capture tool;
  • In the tool dialog, Click on the sphere icon to set the CRS that you want your coordinates to be shown (again NAD83);
  • Click the mouse icon, to start tracing the mouse movements;
  • Click on the canvas to stop the mouse tracing and "save" the point coordinates;

If you wish to show your geographic coordinates in Degree, Minutes and Seconds, only the first option will work, and you need to set the desired units in Project > Project properties > General > Canvas units.


There is a newer plugin which solves the OP's question and I personally prefer it as a plugin in QGIS.

Its called Lat Lon Tools.

It offers a broader range of capabilities when compared to to the Coordinate Capture plugin. More specifically it has a Coordinate Conversion tool, which means it will convert to DMS based on mouse interaction, regardless of your underlying Project coord system.

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