I have a map canvas and I want to have a portion of that canvas printed. I adjust the canvas window in QGIS to show what I want to print and then add the map to the composer. The results are very hit and miss. It never quite does what I want, in most cases I get more of the canvas than is displayed in the qgis window.
I then have to fiddle endlessly with the scale and extents to get what I want.
There must be a easier way! ;)