You can import texts into MAXQDA, as described here:
- by clicking the Import Documents icon in the “Document System”, or
- by clicking the Texts, PDFs, Tables icon in the Import tab.
If you want to import text documents into MAXQDA you should briefly think about how to prepare them for the import. If you want to analyze certain sections of text as a single unit, for example, it makes sense to put them together in the same paragraph. MAXQDA enters a new paragraph number after each hard return. This makes it easier to then automatically code these paragraphs in MAXQDA.
Here are the things to remember when importing a text document:
- All formatting aspects – like bold, italics, etc. – are carried over to MAXQDA.
- All fonts and text sizes are carried over.
- Paragraph formatting (e.g. right-justified, line height) is also carried over.
- The text can contain tables, pictures, graphics, etc.
- If objects like graphics are imported or not can be determined in the local preferences of the “Document System”, which you can open by clicking on the gear symbol at the top right of the window.
- Contents of header and footer are ignored.
As listed above, MAXQDA can import tables included in text documents, and you can code parts or whole cells of these tables in MAXQDA. The only limitation here is that the size of the table can no longer be changed once it has been imported.
Links to websites embedded in texts
Documents imported into MAXQDA can also have links to websites (hyperlinks) in them. Clicking on the link in MAXQDA brings up the webpage or HTML file in the default browser.
Hyperlinks are always made up of two parts: the visualization (whether it be a button, picture, or text) and the URL, which is the information about the location of the file, which may be a WWW address. By hovering over the link, you can see the location/URL in the tooltip that appears. Usually, this is not otherwise visible.
You can find more notes and advice in Links in MAXQDA.