Export sources

There are many reasons why you might want to export sources—for example, you might want to:

What do you want to do?


What file types can I export to?

Source type Export file types
Document, memo or external
  • Microsoft Word (.docx, .doc)
  • PDF (.pdf)
  • Rich text (.rtf)
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • Web page (.htm, .html)
  • PDF (.pdf) — this option is not available if you select source properties (for example, the source description) or related content (for example, annotations or 'see also' links) on the Export Options dialog box.
  • Web page (.htm, .html)
  • Microsoft Excel Worksheet (.xlsx, .xls)
  • Tab-delimited text (.txt)
  • Web page (.htm, .html)
  • The media item only—in its original audio format ( .mp3, .wma, or  .wav) or video format (.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .mp4, .av, .wmv, .mov, or . qt)
  • The transcript only—to Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), PDF (.pdf), plain text (.txt) or rich text (.rtf)
  • Both the media and the transcript—to a web page (.htm, .html)
  • The picture (image) only—to a .jpg file
  • The log only—to Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), PDF (.pdf), plain text (.txt) or rich text (.rtf)
  • Both picture and log—to a web page (.htm, .html)

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Export a source

  1. Click on the item in Detail View or List View.

  2. On the External Data tab, in the Export group, click Export, and then click Export <Item>. The item name varies, depending on the source type selected.


The Export Options dialog box opens.

  1. Select the required options—for more information refer to Export Options.

  2. Click OK. The Save As dialog box opens.

  1. The exported file is saved to your default location for exported files, you can choose a different location if necessary.

  2. In the File name box, review the name that NVivo proposes for the exported file, and change it if necessary.

  3. In the Save as type box, choose the file format for the exported file.

  4. Click Save.


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