One of the steps in our Guest Post this week, 8 Steps to Better Bible Study, was to make notes in the Bible Notes window in WORDsearch. To go along with that step, in this week’s Quick Tip we are going to take a closer look at the Bible Notes window – what the different
The Bible Notes window is your archive for notes that you want to be permanently associated with Bible verses. In other words, if you are studying Genesis 1:1, and want to remember something specific to that verse only, you can save a note in the Bible window. That way, anytime you come back to Genesis 1:1, you will see the note that you made.
Contrast this with the Word Processor, which is intended for writings that are not tightly coupled to a particular verse or verses. (More general notes that are saved separately.)
Your note text is stored in a file called a notebook. A notebook named “Default” is created automatically the first time you use the Bible Notes window. You can create, rename, or delete notebooks using the File menu’s Manage Notebooks menu item. Notebooks are not translation-specific; that is, your notes are usable with any Bible translation.
By default the Bible Notes window is synchronized with Bible and Commentary windows. You can toggle synchronization using the Sync button on the toolbar.
There are several ways to navigate. The most common is when the toolbar’s Sync button is depressed and you move to a new verse in a Bible window. When the notes window is sync’d, it will always move to the same verse as the active Bible or commentary window. You can instead choose to navigate directly by typing a verse into the Navigate box. If you want to visit a preexisting note, you can click the Browse button to see a list of all notes, or use the Prev and Next buttons to sequentially visit notes.
To attach a note to arrange a range of verses (e.g. Gen 1:1-5) instead of a single verse, simply type the desired range into the Navigate box and press Enter. The “You are here” box will reflect your selected range.
Search your notes by using the Search box at the top of the window. A list of search results will display in the body of the window. When you navigate to a search result the selected notes will be displayed. To re-display search results click the Results button at the top of the window.
You can export your notes into a standard word processing document by using the File menu’s Export Notes command. You can export just a portion or the entire set of notes from a notebook.
The Bible Note window is easy to navigate, powerful, and helpful for when you are trying to stay organized or wanting to remember notes for a sermon, lesson, or study on particular verses.
Do you use the Bible Notes window? Share with us in the comments below!