Comments for Coded Segments

You have the option of creating a short comment for each of your coded segments. This might be an overview of the coded segment or a comment about its significance for your analysis. Comments are particularly useful for the category development.

The difference between memos and comments is explained in the following research blog article:

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To create a comment for a coded segment, follow these steps:

  • In the “Document Browser”: Double-click on a coding stripe or on a code name – or right-click on the coding stripe and select Edit Comment.
  • In the “Retrieved Segments” window: Double-click or right-click on the coded segment or the coding stripe displayed next to it.

A window will appear in which you can enter the comment. The comment can contain up to 255 characters, which corresponds to approximately 2 to 3 sentences, that is, the length of this paragraph. Use Shift + Enter (⇧ + ↵) to create a line break.

Window for entering comments

You can easily determine if a comment has been written for a coded segment when you look at its coding stripe. Normally the inner part of the little circle is white in color, independent of the color of the code symbol. When a comment is attached, the inner circle appears in the same color as the outer line of the symbol. If you hold the mouse on the coding stripe, the comment appears in the tooltip.

A coded segment with a comment (the circle in the middle of the coding stripe is filled)

Displaying comments in the sidebar of the “Document Browser“

You can display comments on coded segments right next to the data it is attached to: right-click on the document displayed in the “Document Browser” and select Sidebar > Comments.

Displaying comments in the sidebar

You can adjust the width of the sidebar by dragging the border between the sidebar and the document to the right or to the left. Right-click into the sidebar to see further display options and to optionally also display memos at the same time.

Please note: It is not possible to display comments and paraphrases at the same time. If you select to display paraphrases, comments are automatically switched off – and vice versa.
Hover over a comment to highlight coded segment and to display delete option

If you move the mouse over a comment in the sidebar, the corresponding segment is highlighted in the document as shown in the figure above. Click on the X at the right top of the comment to delete it.

Edit and search your comments in the “Overview of Coded Segments“

As long as you haven’t changed the standard view, you can search all of your comments in the “Overview of Coded Segments” table in the second column. Here, you can also insert new comments and delete/edit existing ones. By right-clicking on the column header, the overview is sorted according to this header. You can search for comments by right-clicking on the “Comment” column header and selecting Search.

Create, edit and search for comments in the “Overview of Coded Segments“

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