Feature request #3806

Make click anywhere in symbol select/identify the object (i.e. when symbol is bigger than the actual object)

Added by Alister Hood over 10 years ago. Updated almost 4 years ago.

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Currently if you use a large point symbol you still need to click right in the center of the symbol when using the info or select single symbol tools. This is confusing: I think it is intuitive for these tools to work when you click anywhere inside the symbol.

Similarly, if you use a thick line for a polyline layer (or a polygon border) you currently need to click right in the middle of the line (or inside the polygon).

Also see #3805 regarding snapping


#1 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 10 years ago

you can set the tolerance of the identify tool in the qgis options, "map tools" section. Closing?

#2 Updated by Alister Hood over 10 years ago

No, this is not quite the same as tolerance. It is about the symbol being bigger than the actual object.

e.g. if I symbolise a point layer with 20mm circles then most users would expect that if they click anywhere in the circle then it would select or identify the object. But they actually need to click right in the centre of the circle (or the tolerance distance from the centre).

#3 Updated by Alister Hood over 10 years ago

Also, I don't think the tolerance setting affects the select single feature tool (sorry - I called it "Select single symbol tool" in the description.

#4 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 10 years ago

I just tested:

I can set a big symbol (ex: for a point layer) and then identify the features even if not clicking in the center of the symbol (even not clicking on the symbol at all), it is enough to change the "search radius for identifying and displaying map tips" parameter.

#5 Updated by Alister Hood over 10 years ago

Yes, as long as the search radius is bigger than the symbol.

But most users wouldn't expect to need to change the search radius to something bigger than their symbol. And what if the symbol is defined in map units rather than mm? Then they would need to change the search radius when they zoom in... or simply click in the middle of the symbol.

It would be intuitive for the search radius to start at the edge of the symbol, rather than at the edge of the actual object (which is often smaller than the symbol), which is what it does now.

#6 Updated by Damien Boilley almost 10 years ago

I second this demand: in other GIS, there is no tolerance for the identify or select tool, or maybe 1 pixel. But when you click on the representation of an object, you select or identify it.

Selection should not be based on the GIS object but on its screen representation ; it may be the symbol for a point, the thickness of a line or a polygon border.

#7 Updated by Pirmin Kalberer over 9 years ago

  • Target version changed from Version 2.0.0 to Future Release - Nice to have

#8 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 4 years ago

  • Pull Request or Patch supplied set to No
  • Easy fix? set to No

#9 Updated by Regis Haubourg over 4 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)

I agree with the need a lot. We sometimes use geometry generator or offsets so that it's really har for a user to know where to clic for making the identify work.

#10 Updated by James Greener almost 4 years ago

I agree with the need as well.
Throughout the work day for quality control, the 'identify' tool is one of our most-used tools.
We change the symbols to make identification of the type of feature easier but oftentimes there are multiple features at a single point. We either have to change the identify mode to "current layer" and select the layer we wish to identify, or we remain on the "top down, stop at first" identify mode and move the layer we want to identify to the top of the layer panel. But if we are switching back and forth identifying layers at the same point, this means moving layers around several times.

Being able to click directly on the symbol to identify that layer would definitely be a time-saver.

#11 Updated by Giovanni Manghi almost 4 years ago

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