Delete Coded Segments

MAXQDA offers the option of deleting single or multiple codes simultaneously, from several locations.

Please note: If you delete a code from the Code System, the code is removed from all coded segments in all documents.

Delete coded segments from “Document Browser”

  • Move the mouse over the coding stripe or over the code name.
  • Right-click and select Delete.
  • MAXQDA will require confirmation before deleting the coded segment.
Deleting a coded segment in the “Document Browser” window

Delete coded segments from “Retrieved Segments” window

  • Right-click on the source data next to the coded segment.
  • Select Delete.
  • MAXQDA will require confirmation before deleting the coded segment.
Deleting a coded segment in the “Retrieved Segments” window

Delete coded segments from “Overview of coded segments” or “Retrieved Segments” in table view

  • Right-click on a row or select multiple rows while holding down the Ctrl key (Windows) or cmd key (Mac) to simultaneously delete multiple coded segments.
  • Select Delete.
  • MAXQDA will require confirmation before deleting the coded segment.
Deleting multiple coded segments in the “Overview of Codes“

Delete coded segments with undo

Clicking on the code symbol with the right mouse button causes a context menu to appear, with which the coding of the text segment can be removed. Choose Delete and confirm the deletion by clicking Yes in the confirmation window that appears.

If you need to first find the location of a coded segment in a document, deleting the code in this way may not be very convenient. A better way is to use MAXQDA’s Undo function. In the “Code” toolbar on top of the “Document Browser” window, there is an Undo button. Clicking on it opens a list containing the last codes assigned. This can especially helpful to remove codes created with one of MAXQDAs automatic coding functions.

Undo function in the “Code” toolbar

The most recent coded segments are shown at the top of the list.

Please note: If a code is recorded with the same code (to change the length of the coded segments) it does not appear as a new entry at the top of the list again.