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What's new in NVivo 11
(For users familiar with NVivo 10)

  • Software editions
  • Fresh new look
  • Redesigned NVivo Start screen
  • Improved cases experience
  • New visualizations—Diagrams
  • New visualization tools—Maps
  • Improved relationships
  • Query criteria now displays in Detail View
  • Social network analysis with sociograms
  • Automated insights

Software editions

  • NVivo for Windows is now available in three editions—NVivo Starter, NVivo Pro and NVivo Plus. Refer to About NVivo to find out which edition has the features you need.

  • NVivo 11 for Windows projects can be opened in any edition of the software, however not all features are available in all editions.

  • You can upgrade your software to a different edition at any time—you do not need to reinstall the software.

Fresh new look

The first thing you'll notice about NVivo 11 is the new look. The NVivo interface has been updated with a modern style in keeping with Microsoft.

The developer has also introduced a few changes to the workspace, based on user feedback, to make things easier.

  • The Detail View now displays on the right of the screen by default. You can still change it to display on the bottom of the screen.

  • You can now collapse the Navigation Pane to make more space on screen.

  • The File tab now opens a screen where you can access all of the File menu functions, including Save and Print. Click on the arrow at the top left to return to the NVivo workspace.

Redesigned NVivo Start screen

  • The Start screen now includes Learn and Connect tiles which link you to the NVivo Blog, Forum and video tutorials. Now you can gain access directly from the Start Screen to the latest discussions, blog posts and videos shared by QSR and the NVivo community.

  • The tiles are updated regularly—so you can see if there is anything new whenever you start NVivo.

  • You can easily create a new project, access your recent project list and browse to other projects from this screen.

  • You can now remove individual projects from the Recent Projects list—right-click on a project and select Remove from list.

  • You can create your own copy of the NVivo sample project at any time from the Start screen. You can create as many copies as you need—for example, you might create a copy to experiment with coding and then create a fresh copy to experiment with queries. NVivo Plus users have a choice of sample projects to experiment with social networks and automated insights. Copies of the sample project are saved in the default project location set in Application Options.

Improved cases experience

  • Case nodes are now stored in their own folder within your project and have their own unique icon, so it's easier to identify the cases in your project.

  • If you open (and convert) an NVivo 10 project, classified nodes are converted to cases and stored in the Cases folder.

New visualizations—Diagrams

NVivo 11 includes two new illustrative tools that are generated based on your project data—a quick and easy way to represent your data visually.

  • Comparison diagrams can show you what two items have in common and where they differ. Generate a comparison diagram to compare two of the same type of project items—for example, sources, nodes or cases—to see their similarities and differences.

  • Explore diagrams focus on a single project item, showing all of the items connected to that item. The power of this diagram is that it is dynamic, allowing you to step forward and back through your project data to explore the connections between items.

NOTE:  Explore diagrams replace the Graph functionality available in previous versions of NVivo.

Export any diagram as an image to share with others or include in reports and presentations.

New visualization tools—Maps

Unlike diagrams (that NVivo builds for you), maps allow you to construct the visualization yourself. Use maps to explore your ideas or to present the connections in your data.

Create maps at any stage of your project—from developing your research question, through analysis and developing theory to presentation of results.

  • Mind maps let you brainstorm your ideas. A mind map reflects what you think about a single topic and can help you to explore your expectations or initial theories and create a node structure.

  • Concept maps let you map out your ideas and explore and present the connections in your theories. Use shapes and connectors to visualize and organize your knowledge.

  • Project maps help you to visually explore or present the data in your project. Project maps are made of shapes that represent the different items in your project and connectors which show links between items.

Export any map as an image to share with others or include in reports and presentations.


  • Maps replace the Project Model functionality available in previous versions of NVivo.

  • Project Models from earlier versions of NVivo are not supported. If you upgrade your project, they will not be converted. The developer recommends you export your models as images and then import them into your NVivo 11 project.

Improved relationships

  • Create and code to relationships in one easy step using the Quick Coding bar.

  • Create relationship types when you create relationships.

  • NVivo Plus users can easily visualize relationships between cases in sociograms.

Query criteria now displays in Detail View

  • It is now even easier to work with queries. Query criteria is displayed directly in Detail View, so you can adjust your criteria and run or save the query without having to open a dialog box. This makes it more convenient to refine your query criteria and interpret results.

  • The most commonly used queries have been converted to this new look: Text Search, Word Frequency and Coding query.

Social network analysis with sociograms

This feature is available in NVivo Plus.

  • New sociograms available in NVivo Plus let you display the social networks in your data as a diagram—helping you to visualize connections.

  • Use the sociograms to perform social network analysis on a particular case, a population of cases and their relationships, or on a Twitter dataset created from NCapture.

  • Filter sociograms to show only certain types of connections, and change the display of the diagram to highlight strong relationships or reveal the most influential people in a network.

  • View the basic centrality measures—degree, betweenness and closeness—to learn more about the vertices in a sociogram.

  • Export the edge list of a sociogram in Pajek file format to import into other social network analysis tools.

Automated insights

This feature is available in NVivo Plus.

This exciting new feature in NVivo Plus automatically detects and codes themes and sentiment in your sources—giving you quick insight into your data.


  • Run the Auto Code Wizard over selected text sources (including datasets and transcripts) to automatically detect and code content representing key themes in your sources.

  • Results are presented in a node matrix and content is coded to the theme nodes that are created—which you can review and refine.

  • This feature is designed to quickly identify broad, recurring themes to help you develop preliminary results at the start of a project, or validate your thinking as you work.


  • Run the Auto Code Wizard over selected text sources (including datasets and transcripts) to automatically detect and code content based on positive and negative sentiment.

  • Results are presented in a node matrix and content is coded to a predefined set of sentiment nodes, ranging from very positive to very negative.

  • Language is complex and sentiment cannot always be accurately detected by a computer—you can easily refine sentiment coding by changing coding references to a different sentiment.

This feature may produce better results for some projects than others. The Help menu in NVivo 11 provides information.

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