Is it possible to lock the scale in the QGIS 2.0.1 print composer? Every time I resize the map, the scale is adjusted. This makes trying out different map layouts really annoying.
This function was not added to QGIS until version 2.2, so it's a surprisingly recent development. In the most recent version the print composer behaves a little bit more like what we're used to with graphics editors - simply hold shift while you resize your map frame.
If it's a great inconvenience you can upgrade, otherwise you'll have to deal with this frustration. Here is a blog post that provides an overview of print composer improvements in 2.2, as well as a list of additions slated for future releases.
Update 27/07/2018: As of QGIS 3.2.1, my workaround below no longer works! If I find an alternative solution I will post here again. This is very, very annoying...
There is a way to do this.
- In the Item properties tab for your map item, click on the black-and-yellow "data defined override" icon to the right of the "scale" box.
- Click on "Edit".
- In the "Expression" box, type your desired scale (for example, 50000) and hit OK.
The item's scale will now be fixed at 1:50000 and will remain so no matter how much you move or resize it.
Jyler's suggestion simply doesn't work (QGIS 2.6.0 Brighton) while I can only assume that Ardit either has the world's fastest PC and/or only works on very simple maps with a handful of layers. The automatic rescaling "feature" is incredibly annoying and I cannot imagine why the developers thought it was a good idea.
You can type in the desired scale manually in the scale text box every time you change the paper size. This can be done in a split of a second and I wouldn't call it annoying as far as you don't change the paper size let's say more than 20 times.