C. How to open a MAXQDA 11 project with MAXQDA 12

1. When selecting a project to open, choose Open Existing Project, then Other Projects and click OK.

2. In the next dialog window, select the project you have stored with MAXQDA 11 from the drop-down list.
Depending on which version of MAXQDA 11 you were working with, the file will be saved in one of the following three formats:

.mex: MAXQDA Exchange File Format

Can be created with all MAXQDA 11 or MAXQDA 12 versions.
Can be opened with MAXQDA 12 Windows and Mac.

.mx5: MAXQDA 11 Windows Project

Can be created with MAXQDA 11 Windows.
Can be opened with MAXQDA 12 Windows and MAXQDA 11 Windows.

.mx11: MAXQDA 11 Mac project

Can be created with MAXQDA 11 Mac.
Can be opened with MAXQDA 12 Mac and MAXQDA 11 Mac.

3. MAXQDA creates and opens a copy of the project

When you open one of these three file formats, MAXQDA 12 saves a copy of the project in the new .mx12 format to the same folder where the original file is located. Depending on the size of the project this conversion process can take a few moments. MAXQDA provides a graphic display of its progress.

The MAXQDA 12 File Formats at a Glance

MAXQDA 12
(Windows)

MAXQDA 12
(Mac)

Opens project files .mx12

.mx5
(MAXQDA 11 Windows)
and older Windows versions

.mx12

.mx11
(MAXQDA 11 Mac)

Opens exchange files .mex
Saves projects to .mx12 or .mex


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