ATLAS.ti for Qualitative Research: Code Manager

This guide describes how to use the Atlas.ti, a software program, for qualitative research management and analysis

About the Code Manager

Once your project is under way, you will be working with the code manager quite a bit.  From here you will be able to see how many times a code is used throughout your HU, the density and groundedness of each code, as well as other advanced options such as merging codes and creating networks.

Getting to the Code Manager

Go to Codes in the top task bar, then down to Code Manager, or you can click code next to the code drop down.

Code manager

Once you click on the code manager, you will be presented with the manager's interface, displaying all your codes and information about them.  As you can see, Morning Routine's groundedness is 2, meaning that code has been used in two separate instances.  The Density for Work Life is 2, and for Morning and evening routine is one, meaning that each code has been linked to another as many times as displayed, in this case Work Life has been linked with both evening routine and morning routine.  Unless specified, the Author field will default to Super.  

code manager


Unfortunately, ATLAS does not offer a substantial 'undo' function.  Not to worry though, because most things that you can do, you can do their opposite as well.  For example, you can link codes to text.  You can also unlink codes from text.  If you accidently coded a portion of text you didn't mean to, or your ideas are evolving and you want to change what the codes mean, you can unlink them.  

WARNING: While there is no Undo, there is a Delete.  Deleting anything wipes it out of existence.  ATLAS does not have the capability of undoing deletes, so be extra sure you really want to delete something.  

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