Sometimes I need to open an old project, and mostly I remember how it works (i.e. the structure, the formatting and so on) but sometimes not.

At other times I open a project composed by a colleague of mine and it is hard to understand how the project was conceived.

Is it possible to insert in the project a non-printable note to help to understand the project more quickly?

edit: I use QGIS 1.8 (2.0 soon) on windows 7

  • I normally write note for single layer in Metadata tab
    – Ale
    Dec 30, 2013 at 12:03
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    What GIS software and version are you using to try and do this? I recommend you edit your Question to include that important detail.
    – PolyGeo
    Dec 30, 2013 at 20:07
  • Its a particularly strange set of tags too, so expanding how those relate to your question might be useful.
    – BradHards
    Dec 31, 2013 at 2:46
  • Sounds like a README file to me. Dec 31, 2013 at 5:38

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For Quantum GIS (QGIS) v 2.0 I would recommend the qNote plugin. It will create a dockable window in your project that you can use to save notes about a project. Go to Plugins>Manage and Install Plugins, select Get More and then search for qNote in the plugin manager console.

If you are using ArcGIS Desktop, go to File>Map Document Properties. You can fill in the Summary and Description fields with any relevant information about the map. This is saved with the map document, so anyone who opens it can access it.

  • I edited the question: I useo QGIS on windows 7
    – Ale
    Dec 31, 2013 at 8:39
  • It works well! An hint for new users: when you close that window you can re-open it by view toolbar/panels/qNote
    – Ale
    Jan 7, 2014 at 14:42

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