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A memo in MAXQDA is a place to write notes, questions, and hypotheses about your coded data. Think of a memo like a sticky-note you are attaching to different blocks of text, codes, or documents. 

Memo Menu

There is a Memo toolbar found on the top menu of MAXQDA. 

Memos in the Document Browser

Memos can be attached to individual codes or to text that you have highlighted. There are a few ways to work with memos in the Document Browser. One of the easiest is to highlight the text you want to memo.

You then want to Right-Click. This box will appear:

Choose Insert Memo for Selection.  A memo box appears for you to write in that documents the date/time. You can also rename your memo if you want to:

After you close the memo, it appears next to the text you highlighted:

Please note:

  • Once you are finished writing a memo, close the box and a yellow post-it will appear next to the code. This post-it signals to you that there is a memo attached to this code or block of text. If you hover over the memo icon, you will see its contents.

There is also a Memo Side Bar you can use to see and work with memos. To use it, you need to make sure it is open. 


Memos in the Document System and the Code System

Document System Memos:

  • Go to the Document System. R-click in the Memo coulmn:

This box will appear:

You then fill out the memo as you did above and close it. You now have a new memo attached to a document.

  • Just fill out the memo information and close it. A yellow post-it will appear next to the document to let you know that the memo is attached.
  • You do the same process to attach a memo to the Code System. The memos look the same across windows. 


Inserting Document Links

This feature of MAXQDA allows you to link together text in the same or in two different documents. Once you make a link, clicking it opens the corresponding text in the second location. To link text together:

  • Go to the Document Browser and open a document.
  • Choose the text you want to link by highlighting it. (You can also click on a code, which will automatically highlights the adjacent text.)

  • Click the Insert Internal Link tab,  .

  • Go to the second location and highlight the text you want to link together.

  • Click the same link button,  . The two sections of the documents are now linked together. The linked text in both places will be highlighted in blue. 

In a word document, linked text is underlined:

In a PDF, the text is a box of blue:

  • When you click on either part of the blue text, MAXQDA will take you to the other half of the linked text.


Inserting Web Links

To add an external web link to a document, you want to:

  • Open a document in the Document Browser.
  • You then want to highlight the text you want to add a web link to.

  • Right click and a window will pop up where you can choose Insert Web link. Click on that.

  • Enter in the web address:

  • Click OK.
  • The text that has the web link attached will be underlined and in a new color, here blue. You can then click on it and be taken to that website. If you hover your browser over this highlighted, colored text the web link will pop up.