You can set options and preferences for working with NVivo.
View or change
Choose NVivo > Preferences.
- Choose a tab to view or change the preferences.
The user name associated with your default NVivo user profile. Your default NVivo user profile is used to create your project user profile in projects.
The initials associated with your default NVivo user profile. If you change the initials, it applies to any new projects you create. To change your initials in an existing project, refer to Create, view or change user profiles (Change the initials associated with my project user profile).
Display "Welcome to NVivo" window on launch
Display the Welcome to NVivo window each time you launch NVivo.
Prompt for user on launch
Prompt users to provide their user name and initials every time they launch NVivo.
This is useful if team members log on to a computer using a shared user account. When each team member enters their own NVivo user name and initials, then you can track their work in the project separately. Teamwork
Code whole words
Select this option to code the whole word, when you select only part of a word. When this option is selected, if you accidentally select 'ick brown fox' instead of 'quick brown fox', the words 'quick brown fox' will be coded. By default, this option is selected.
This option is not available—only the text you actually select is coded.
Click this button to view or change the narrow reach settings for different types of files—the default settings are:
- Text—five words on either side of coded text in documents, PDFs, memos and externals
- Transcript—5 words on either side of coded text (within a cell) in an audio or video transcript
- Log—five words on either side of coded text (within a cell) in picture log
- Dataset—the cell surrounding coded text in datasets (not available in this release)
Click this button to view or change the broad reach settings for different types of content—the default settings are:
- Text—the paragraph surrounding coded text in documents, PDFs, memos and externals
- Transcript—the cell surrounding coded text in audio and video transcripts
- Log—the paragraph surrounding coded text in picture logs
- Dataset—the row surrounding coded text in datasets (not available in this release)
You cannot change your preferences for Help.
Participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program
By selecting this option, you can help to improve the features, quality, and performance of NVivo. Clear this check box, if you do not want to participate. Customer experience improvement program
Show deletion confirmation
NVivo prompts you to confirm your action whenever you delete a project item.
Text Date Format
Choose the date/time format which is used when you insert the current date and time into a file.
- Local Format (Default) Use universal time (UTC) converted to your local time zone.
- Universal Format Use UTC (coordinated universal time). UTC is the reference time zone from which all other time zones around the world are calculated—it is the successor of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
"Unassigned" Attribute Value Label
The label that will be used for the system-created 'Unassigned' attribute value in any new projects that you create. If you prefer to use another term (for example, 'Blank'), you can change the label—you must choose a term that is unique among attribute values.
"Not Applicable" Attribute Value Label
The label that will be used for the system-created 'Not Applicable' attribute value in any projects that you create. If you prefer to use another term (for example, 'Irrelevant'), you can change the label—you must choose a term that is unique among attribute values.
Boolean Value Labels
Choose how Boolean values in classification attributes are displayed. This setting applies to any project you open. You can select:
Playback skip interval
The number of seconds the media player skips when you skip backwards or forwards while playing the media file. This option applies to any project you open. The default skip interval is 5 seconds. You can select any value between 1 and 99.
Embed media in project file if less than
Your media storage preferences for new projects. Select this option if you want to automatically embed media files in your projects. By default, media files less than 20MB are embedded. The maximum size for embedded media files is
Text content language for new projects
Choose the text content language for any new projects you create. If you want to change this setting in an existing project, you need to access the project properties—click File > Project Properties. The text content language is used when you run Text Search queries. Select the text content language that matches the language of your files. If the language used in your files is not available as a text content language, then you should select Other.
If you make changes to your preferences, make sure you click Apply before switching to another pane (unapplied changes are discarded when you switch panes).
Click Revert to change the application options back to the default settings.