Quick Tip – Docking Windows

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A powerful technique for having multiple windows open at the same time, yet maintaining maximum room to read text, is to “dock” multiple windows. This way, you could have all the Bibles you are using docked into one window next to five different commentaries docked in their own window (so only two different windows open, plenty of reading space!). This saves you from having to have many windows open with a tiny amount of reading space for each one.

To dock a window:

1. Click and hold the left mouse button on the bumpy “drag area” at the upper left of the window. It is outlined in red in the picture below.
2. Drag your mouse cursor onto the book text of the window you want to dock to (note: don’t try to drag onto the toolbar of a window; drag lower, onto the book text), and release the button.

dockingAfter docking, you will see “tabs” appear at the top of the window. In the picture below, three Bibles have been docked, and their tabs are outlined in red. To read any docked book, bring its tab forward by clicking on it. TIP: Right-clicking on a tab will allow you to undock it

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There’s today’s Quick Tip! Hopefully this helped you figure out how to save your reading space and get on your way to better Bible study. Do you dock your windows when you usually use WORDsearch? Share with us in the comments below!

Quick Tip – Share What You’re Studying

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Have you ever been reading something in WORDsearch and wanted to share it with your social media friends? The Social Apps dialog allows you to post status updates to Facebook or Twitter with the text of whatever you’re currently reading. You don’t even have to exit WORDsearch and you can start a conversation.

To post to social applications:

Click on the Tools option on the Menu bar.

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Click on Post to social application.

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This box will appear with options to post to Facebook or Twitter.

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Clicking on either social media site’s icon will take you to their log-in screen, where you will be able to log-in and post. After the first log-in, WORDsearch will remember your information if you’d like, allowing for quicker posting of updates.

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Have you shared anything from WORDsearch to your social media friends lately? Share with us in the comments below!

Guest Post – Discover Treasures in Greek & Hebrew Without Prior Training

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When I study a passage to preach or teach one step always involves language study. This should always follow two of the first steps in inductive Bible study after prayer. Go over the passage in a few different ways including:

  • Read the text in context of the whole book of the Bible if possible, or in a section like the passage’s chapter and chapters before or after it.
  • Compare various translations using a tool like the Parallel Bible tool in WORDsearch, accessible from the toolbar button.
  • Write down observations of what you already know about the passage. Then ask the investigative questions which begin with “who, what, where, when, why, and how.” Record these in textual notes, or even better, a WORDsearch word processor document (open with CTRL+N or use FILE and NEW from the menu).

Now we’re ready for our word studies. To do this, I open the ESV, NASB, NKJV, or KJV. I also open an Interlinear, like the HCSB Reverse Interlinear, which displays the text of the HCSB above Greek or Hebrew grammar information. Here’s the list of the information included:

  • Word Order – the small superscript number shows what word order that word is in in the original text
  • English Transliteration – spells out the Greek word using corresponding English letters
  • Parsing Codes – letters that represent grammatical information like N for Noun or D for Dative with links to open a window that explains the meaning of the parts of speech when the user clicks the links in the resulting window
  • Strong’s Number – clickable link that opens Strong’s Concordance/Greek and Hebrew Dictionary
  • Pronunciation Button – plays an audio file with the pronunciation of the word

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Here’s how to use this information. Click on the parsing codes to open a window with a list of the word’s parsing codes defined. Right-click each part of speech and click on the “define” item in the right-click menu. This opens a window explaining the part of speech and what it means for interpretation. Over time, you will begin to learn the meanings of the cases, tenses and moods in Greek and won’t need to look them up.

To get back to the text of the HCSB Reverse Interlinear, double-click on the second to last toolbar button in that window.

Using the Strong’s numbers, we can get access to advanced language study information without knowing Greek or Hebrew. Once the Strong’s number opens to that entry in the default Strong’s dictionary, open some original language dictionaries or lexicons. For example, I open Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew-English Lexicon when I doing New Testament study. I also open The Complete Word Study Dictionary. By default, when these dictionaries are open alongside Strong’s, they will sync to one another. Clicking the Strong’s number in the HCSB Reverse Interlinear opens Strong’s to that word and it moves the other two dictionaries to the word entry as well. Now I can read the Strong’s and get a little information about our word from above, Sophia. I can also see what BDAT and CWS tells us. They offer more complete information.

I’d also recommend doing a Strong’s search to find the word in other passages to see how that word gets used elsewhere. This helps in understanding the complex meaning of Greek and Hebrew words. Be careful, however, to not make a word mean something it doesn’t mean.

There’s a lot more to comprehensive original language study, but for a quick-hit study, these steps help in a pinch. People not familiar with Greek or Hebrew grammar can get a surface understanding of the original text behind our English translations, which will help them better understand God’s word.

Kevin Purcell has been preaching for over 20 years and has served as a pastor for 15 years. He is currently the pastor of High Peak Baptist Church in Valdese, NC. He is married to Barb, a teacher, and they have two sons. 

How often do you do word studies in WORDsearch? Share with us in the comments below!

Quick Tip – Word Definition Window

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You can look up word definitions in any of your dictionaries, or even several websites, by using the Word Definition window. To access it, right-click on the word you want to look up from the book you are reading, and choose “Definition for” from the pop-up menu, and the Word Definition window will appear on your screen opened to the definition of that word.

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You can also go to Tools on your toolbar and choose Word Definition, and then type in a word in the “Enter term” bar at the top of the window.

You will notice there are different tabs located in your Word Definition window. If you have any dictionaries downloaded in WORDsearch, you will see a tab called My Dictionaries. This tab will list all of your installed dictionaries, and you can see the definition (if there is one) in each one. If your books do not have a definition for that particular search, they will not appear in the list. The ones that do contain a definition for the word you are searching will appear in black text. There are also tabs for websites that you can also use to read different definitions.

If your word has several different results in each book, you can click on hyperlink of each article to see the definition.

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You can also click Open in a new window to see the book containing your definitions open in a new window next to your Word Definition window.

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Have you learned anything recently using the Word Definition window? Share with us in the comments below!

Quick Tip – Carousels

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Bibles, commentaries, and dictionary windows have a feature known as a carousel. A carousel allows you to set up a list of favorite books that you can flip to rapidly without opening multiple windows. To set up or use a carousel, use the controls at the bottom of a carousel-equipped window (on the bottom left corner of a Bible, commentary or dictionary window):

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Use the Manage Carousel button managecarouselbtn to add, remove or reorder books in the carousel. Use the blue buttons to flip between books in the carousel.

For example, assume you set up your Bible carousel as follows:

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The image above shows the list of available Bibles on the left, and two Bibles in a carousel on the right. In this case, the Bibles are the Amplified Bible and Holman Christian Standard Bible. Clicking the right arrow would cycle through each of the Bibles in that list in order.

For an alternate way of comparing Bible translations, see the Parallel Bible window.

The carousel helps you quickly navigate through your favorite books quickly without having to go to the library window. What books are on your carousel? Share with us in the comments below! 

Quick Tip – History Window

quick_tips_fbEver read something while you are working in WORDsearch that strikes you, but you close the window and forget what book you were reading or where you were? Luckily, WORDsearch has a history window to help you quickly navigate back to where you were, including the location in the book.

Here’s a (very) quick, but helpful, tip on how to view your history and get back to your reading and studying.

To view this window, click its entry in the Tools menu.

historymenuThe history window will open, showing you the date, book, and location. It will open like a book would, so if you have books open when you open the history window, they will stay open and the history window will open alongside them.

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To navigate to any entry in the history list, either double-click it or select it and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

To change the sort order in the history window, click on any of the column headings. In the picture above they are outlined in red. The column controlling the sort order will have an arrow next to it.

There you have it! Now you don’t have to worry if you forget what book you were in, and you have an easy way to get back to where you were.

Have you ever used the history window? Share with us in the comments below?