General Preferences

Click on the gear symbol in the upper right-hand side of the MAXQDA window to open a window in which you can adjust several MAXQDA settings.

Open preferences

The following settings can be changed:

“General” settings

Folder for externally stored files

Here you can set the location for all of your externally-linked files to be stored. These include audio and video files, for example, that are too big to be included in the project file. Image and PDF files might also be stored here, depending on their size and your settings (see below).

Default weight

Every code assignment receives a weight. The default weight score for newly-coded segments is 0, but can be changed here.

Autosave documents in Edit Mode and memos

Here you can specify the amount of time after which the project is saved automatically during editing of documents and memos.

Confirm delete

If you deactivate this option, MAXQDA no longer asks for confirmation when deleting code assignments, codes, documents, memos etc., but deletes this data directly. You can then only restore them using the Undo function.

”User interface” settings

Interface language

Here you can set the language of the menus, dialogs, and windows of MAXQDA.

Spellcheck language

Here you can set the language for MAXQDA’s spellcheck function. MAXQDA offers spell checking in English (UK), English (US), German, Italian, and Spanish.

Large font

The size of the text in the “Document Browser” can be adjusted as you wish, but you can’t control the exact text size in MAXQDA menus and toolbars. With this option, though, you can switch all of these user interface texts to a larger size. MAXQDA will need to restart.

Reset user settings

This is an emergency option of sorts that you can use if you have somehow altered your settings in a way that makes MAXQDA unusable and can’t figure out how to undo these settings. If you check this box, MAXQDA will need to restart, and all of your settings will then be reset.

”PDF and image documents” settings

Do not embed if larger than [MB]

This value determines the size at which an imported PDF or image file will be saved not in the MAXQDA project file, but instead in the folder for externally stored files, with only a reference to the document created in the project. The default size is 5 MB. If necessary, you can adjust this value to be higher or lower.

”Automatic project backups” settings

Backup projects automatically

If the option is activated, MAXQDA checks each time a project is opened, when it was last saved by MAXQDA and creates a backup of the project upon request.

Time interval [days]

Sets the number of days after which MAXQDA will start the next backup of the project.

Folder for backup copies

Here you can specify the folder in which you would like MAXQDA to save backup copies of your project.