Feature request #13902

confirmation of delete feature actions

Added by Thomas Nogatz over 8 years ago. Updated over 6 years ago.

Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:
Easy fix?:No Copied to github as #:21924


It would be fine to have a small confirmation window before a feature or a group of selected features will be deleted - similar to the confirmation window after clicking "remove layer/group" in the legend.
Maybe some users will find this annoying. So it further would be fine to have a check box "Delete Confirmation" in Settings > Options.

Related issues

Duplicated by QGIS Application - Feature request #18042: Include confirmation on delete of features Closed 2018-02-04


#1 Updated by Steven Mizuno over 8 years ago

As long as deletions can be un-deleted with Undo (and Rollback or Cancel for layer editing), I don't see a reason to have a confirmation dialog. On the other hand, there is no Undo for layer removal so the confirmation does make sense for that.

#2 Updated by Giovanni Manghi about 7 years ago

  • Easy fix? set to No

#3 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 6 years ago

  • Category set to Unknown

#4 Updated by Harrissou Santanna over 6 years ago

#5 Updated by Kory Roberts over 6 years ago

If there is no momentum for this, can there at least be an alert message to let the user know a deletion of features occurred?

As far as I can tell, there are 4 pretty easy--single click--ways features could potentially be deleted without the user knowing:

  • Accidentally clicking the delete button on the digitizing toolbar.
  • Accidentally clicking the delete button on the attributes table toolbar.
  • Accidentally hitting the delete key on the keyboard.
  • Accidentally hitting the backspace key on the keyboard.

Undo is great...so long as the user realizes they tapped the delete key by mistake (too easy to do!!!). I know that I've personally had a couple of tense moments of confusion working with the attributes table... Did I just hit the delete key by mistake??? OK, back to the main window...undo. OK, what did I just undo? I have no idea!!!

I find a reasonable safeguard is warranted here. I also personally prefer the confirmation window approach: "Are you sure you want to delete the 35 selected features?" Yes/No. This also informs the user if more/fewer features are about to be deleted than intended.

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