Quick Tip – Sermons & Illustrations Window


The Sermon & Illustration window is a powerful tool that allows you to collect, edit, and quickly find your sermons and sermon illustrations. This helps you create searchable sermons while having your Bible and books open, all on the same desktop. You can also add keywords that help you find your sermon later, so you can see what topics you have written or preached about before.

You can open the window by clicking on the Sermons icon on the toolbar in WORDsearch.

Sermon Window Icon

Once it opens, click the New button at the bottom of the window.

sermon illustration window new

The window will change and display the editor.

sermon window example

In the editor, first enter your article title at the top of the window. Next click the Illustration radio button if it will be a sermon illustration, or the Sermon button if it will be sermon text. Then type or paste in the body of the article.

Helpful Tip: Optionally add “Tags” underneath. Tags are simply keywords that may or may not appear in the actual body of the article that will enable you to quickly find the article later. For example, you might have an illustration that recounts a story that embodies the concept of forgiveness, yet the actual word forgiveness never appears inside the illustration. You can add the tag “forgiveness” to enable you to search on that later.

Searches can be based off of Scripture, tags, or any word that appears in the title or body of an article.

How often do you use the Sermon window? Share with us in the comments, we love to hear from you!

Quick Tip – Bible Notes Window


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.)

bible notes window

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.

Verse Ranges
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.

Exporting Notes
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! 

Quick Tip – Special Book Features


Have you ever opened a book in WORDsearch and seen the weird orange asterisk looking icon on the toolbar? If your book has that icon, you should be excited! This means that your book has special features. Commentaries and study Bibles are the most common books that include special features, but other books can have them as well. So always be on the lookout for that icon when opening a book.

Special features in WORDsearch is a catch-all term for groups of items that a reader might take particular interest in. Examples include maps, charts, timelines, and photographs.

Most books don’t have any of these special features, but for those that do, that icon will appear on the book’s toolbar:

special features icon

In the image above, the special features button (outlined in red) has been clicked, and the drop-down menu is showing available special features for this book, the Life Application Bible Notes.

From this drop-down menu, you can see all of the available types of special features for that book. For this particular book, the special features include “megathemes,” timelines, maps, charts, and profiles. In this book, “megathemes” are charts throughout that explain the biggest themes of the Bible book are you in, along with that theme’s importance. Also in this example, a profile is a summary of a Bible character’s life, including strengths and weaknesses, lessons from life, and a key verse, all in one handy place. If you navigate to any of these types, all of that kind of special feature are listed out in a table of contents for you.

For example, if I select Maps, all of the maps in the entire book are listed out in a table of contents so that I can easily look at them. This way, I can navigate to whatever map I want to see without having to read and search the entire book. I could also see this being extremely helpful if I was doing a character study on someone from the Bible. I could easily open the Profiles table of contents and open the profile of the person I am studying.

maps special features toc

Of course, everything is still in its place in the book if you just want to go through normally, but this table of contents can be incredibly helpful if you are looking for something specific.

Special features are a fun bonus to books in WORDsearch – so keep an eye out for them and use them! What is your favorite kind of special feature in WORDsearch? Share with us in the comments below!

Quick Tip for the New Year – Bible Reading Planner


As we get ready to start 2015, most of us set goals and try to start new habits (or kick bad ones for good!). A common goal for believers is to read more of the Bible, and the Bible Reading Planner inside of WORDsearch can help you do this. Staying organized can keep you motivated and excited to read the Word every day.

The Bible Reading Planner allows you to create a customized calendar that will enable you to systematically read through the Bible (or a portion of the Bible) at a pace comfortable for you. The Bible Reading Planner tracks your progress using color codes indicating assigned, completed and uncompleted readings.

The basic unit of a Bible reading plan is a Bible chapter: only entire chapters are assigned to be read. Thus, your reading plan will never instruct you to read the first half of a chapter one day and the remaining half the next day.

Bible Reading PlannerDo you have any goals for the upcoming year? Share with us in the comments below!

Quick Tip – Verse List Window


The Verse List window creates verse-based outlines. With it, you can create topical studies, lessons, or even sermon outlines. You can organize verses by including named section headings. Sections can be expanded or collapsed. When a section is collapsed, you see only the section heading, not the verses for that section. Verses do not have to be in Bible order. You can attach notes to any section heading or verse.

To create a new section or add verses to an existing section, you can either use the Add Verses button, or right click where you want to insert the new verses or section, and choose the “Insert…” menu item.

To move a verse or range of verses into a different section, right-click and choose “Move to Section”.

TIP: you can add verses to the verse list from other book windows by right-clicking. You can right-click directly on a scripture reference, or you can get every scripture reference in an entire paragraph. You can even add verses from Search Results to a verse list.

verse listFor more help on the verse list toolbar, see the WORDsearch Help File – Verse List Window.

How often do you use the Verse List Window to create a lesson, study, or sermon? Share with us in the comments below!

Quick Tip – Docking Windows


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

docked books


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!