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When using ArcGIS Desktop, I often use the Identify tool by clicking and dragging the tool over my data and identifying the features within it.

Is there a way to do this in QGIS or is setting the search radius within the map tools options the best that can be achieved for searching across multiple datasets?

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Search multiple layers with a mouse click is not a default setting in QGIS, I think it should be. Goto the menu Settings > Options > Map Tools, set the Identify mode to 'Top down'. Then the Identify feature tool will return info for all layers drilled into.

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I am not aware of a tool that out of the box will act as a rectangle feature identify tool.

  • Thanks, I was aware of the top down option. I was more interested in the rectangle feature Identify tool. I feared there was no way to do it and you've confirmed this for me! – GeoSpatialThinking Feb 11 '14 at 21:52

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