The Logbook

The logbook is a MAXQDA feature that lets you write a journal of sorts to keep track of your analysis work. The term “logbook” is usually a nautical term, used to record significant events and observations, and it can be used in a similar way for your project. The logbook is set up to have the newest entries at the top.

You can open the Logbook from the Home tab or with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+B (Windows) or cmd+option+B (Mac).

Calling up the logbook

The logbook window is a simple RTF window with a toolbar, which is fairly self-explanatory, and lets you format the text as you want. You can, for example, edit the font style and size; use bold, underline, and italics; and change the text color. The icons on the far left let you create a new entry and print or export the logbook.


To create a new entry, click on the New Logbook Entry  button on the far left of the toolbar. This automatically inserts a date and time stamp at the top of the page, and you can enter your text directly below it.