Outline of Nvivo workspace with three different views

In the preceding article we discussed the uses of Nvivo and how to open it. In this article the aim is to understand the Nvivo workspace outline and its key elements. Such an understanding will enable analysts to import data and process large datasets in a convenient way. In addition, Nvivo comprises of three separate windows with the ‘ribbon’ below containing additional tools. The ribbon represents Quick Access toolbar (just like MS Excel).

The Ribbon (toolbar) in Nvivo workspace

ribbon is a useful tool in Nvivo workspace

Figure 1: Ribbon Toolbar of Nvivo

The ribbon enables access to various commands required to manage and analyse data. Quick toolbar access, known as Ribbon of Nvivo, looks like represented in the above figure. Further, what each of these parameters signifies is also given in the below figure.

Presenting the components of ribbon tool in Nvivo

Figure 2: Micro presentation of Ribbon Toolbar of Nvivo

  • File option in the ribbon will allow to open existing project or create new project. Also, the file option will lead to options like copy projects, print projects, Help and other options.
  • Home provides options of “Go”, “Refresh”, “Properties of document” and “Edit”. Tab Go will redirect to the “Sources”, “Nodes”, “Classification”, Collection, Queries. Similarly the “Folder Properties” option allows to fill the information about the folder such as name, description, item and date (figure 3). Furthermore, “Option Edit” allows to edit the documents imported to Nvivo as transcript.
  • External Data allows for commands relating to the activity to perform.
  • Analyze has options for analyzing the data.
  • Query indicate the queries that have assembled while working in the project.
  • Explore helps to explore the different ways for exploration of data.

Using the main menu in Nvivo workspace

The workspace of Nvivo consists of a ‘main menu’ given in the lower left corner of the screen (zoomed in below figure).

presenting the main menu of Nvivo

Figure 3: Main menu of Nvivo given in lower Left corner of workspace

The main menu of Nvivo contains Sources, Nodes, Classifications, Collections, and Queries, Reports, Model and folders.

main menu contents of the Nvivo workspace

Figure 4: Main menu contents

  • Sources is a menu to save all research materials including interviews, surveys, pictures, audios and any other type of files.
  • Nodes contains the theme of the research or the analytical framework user can use for research.
  • Classification is used for classifying details about responses. For example, demographic attributes of research participants.
  • Collection offers different ways to organize material.

For example; you can gather different sources or Nodes at one folder. The Annotation tab allows to determining all the commons, reminders and observations about your content.

  • Queries tab allows to save queries  with Nvivo.

Apart from Main menu and ribbon, Nvivo contains Sources window, Internals window and Details window, respectively.

Workspace of Nvivo for qualitative analysis

Figure 5: Workspace of Nvivo

Three different views of Nvivo window

Nvivo workspace is divided between three main windows namely:

  1. Navigation View,
  2. List View
  3. and Detail View.

Each view has been discussed below separately.

Navigation view of Nvivo

Nvivo provides three different views and navigation view is one of them

Figure 6: Navigation View of Nvivo

The Sources window also acts as Navigation view and looks like the figure above. The Navigation view displays the folders and subfolders related to the data imported. For instance, navigation of Sources (from main menu) is represented in figure below (encircled red).

showing the memos features of Nvivo

Figure 7: Memos Feature of Nvivo

List view of Nvivo

showing the list view of Nvivo for qualitative analysis

Figure 8: List view of Nvivo

List View displays the list of documents stored in a particular folder. For instance, after clicking on the “Internals” folder within “Sources“, the list of documents contained therein will open (figure 9).

showing the sources for list view in Nvivo

Figure 9: List View of Sources in Nvivo

Detail view of Nvivo

Detail view in Nvivo workspace is one of the three different view

Figure 10: Detail View of Nvivo

Detail view is the extension of Internal window. It is represented in figure above. The detail view will open while selecting one of the interview documents and double click on the same. For example, if you select interview transcripts of Dorothy, Dorothy’s document will appear on the right-hand side of the window (see figure below).

Showing the detail views of interviews in workspace of Nvivo

Figure 11: Detail View of Interviews in Nvivo

 The ‘robustness’ of analysis depends upon the accuracy of the data inserted in the software. In the next article we will explain the specific designing or formatting of data to fit in the requirement of NVivo and generate desired nodes and representations.

Divya Dhuria

Divya Dhuria

Research analyst at Project Guru
DIvya has a keen interest in policy making and wealth management. She is a Master in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. She has been trained in the econometric techniques to assess different possible economic relationships. She hascontributed to the working paper on National Rural Health Mission at Institute of economic growth, Delhi. Along with academical growth, she likes to explore and visit different places in her spare time.
Divya Dhuria

Related articles


We are looking for candidates who have completed their master's degree or Ph.D. Click here to know more about our vacancies.