Feature request #3498
Add a flag "Label only selected features"
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It would be useful to add such a flag; currently this can be done with several workarounds, but all of them are rather ugly
#6 Updated by Regis Haubourg about 5 years ago
I think 'label selected only' option is a great option, different from pin/unpin tools, since the last one requires advanced fields, and then possibility to modify or duplicate dataset.. Users often can't do that. It remains a tools dedicated to heavy labeling for me. A fantastic one of course ;-)
The only thing is that there is no way to save selection in a QGS project, correct me if i'm wrong. "label only selected" tool without ability to save it sounds quite useless to me, or at least dedicated to throwable work.
Implementing selection persistence in QGS can be really tricky. This is an unsolvable issue with Mapinfo, full of caveats..
I would rather spend efforts on refactoring labeling so that labels could be placed into layer order control dialog. That way, we could easyly generate masks (plugin Mask for example) and put labels under it.. How does that sounds to you?