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 Tips – Desktops

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A Desktop in WORDsearch is like having a stack of study tools (as mentioned in our Guest Post – Stacks) for different needs you might have. You can set up multiple Desktops and have the books you use the most saved open, ready to go. For example, you can have a “Morning Devotional” Desktop set up with your daily devotional and your favorite Bible opened. Then you can open your “Sermon Creation” Desktop, where you have your most used commentaries and Word Study tools, along with parallel Bibles set up. Each desktop is like a separate copy of WORDsearch, and each keeps track of highlighting, personal notes, open books, and preferences. Everything you do in your Desktop is kept separate from work done in all other Desktops. Desktops are also a great tool to use for multiple family members. Each person can have separate preferences and active study sessions.

Now that we understand the benefits of having different Desktops, let’s go through the steps to create, manage, and open Desktops.

Some notes to know first:

  • The first time you start WORDsearch you will automatically have a Desktop created called “My Desktop.”
  • WORDsearch automatically updates your Desktop as you use the program, so you don’t have to remember to save your changes before exiting. You can even leave windows open when you exit, and they will be restored them the next time you run WORDsearch.
  • When you create a new Desktop, it is totally empty and has no highlighting, personal notes, or open windows carried over from the previously active Desktop.

How to Create a New Desktop

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1. From the File menu, click on Create Desktop, or click on the Desktop button on the main tool bar and select Create Desktop. 


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2. In the Create New Desktop dialog box that appears, enter a name for your Desktop. For example, “Sermon Creation.”

3.  You can choose to create a new desktop using the default settings or using the settings from the current Desktop. Settings include preferred books and Preferences.

4. Click on the OK button.

How to Manage Your Desktops

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1. Click on the Desktops button located on the Tool Bar.

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2. Click on the Manage Desktops menu item.

3. The Manage Desktops window will open.

How to Open a Desktop

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1. Click on the Desktop button located on the toolbar on the Main window.

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2. Click on the name of the desktop found on the drop down menu that you would like to open.

That’s it! What are the name’s of your different Desktops? Share with us in the comments below!

Saturday’s Roundup

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“I have downsized my library thanks to WORDsearch. I also have access to it from anywhere.” 

“Ease of use and the sync feature means every book open comes to same Scripture for reference!” 

“Portability, faster searching, lower cost.” 

“For the powerful tools, ease of use, and the massive amounts of information at my fingertips.”

Happy November roundup readers! The quotes above are just a few of the responses we received when we asked you the number one reason to use Bible software on Facebook. It was fun to hear how our work helps you in your ministry, and we are so grateful for your participation! If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet, what are you waiting for? Join the conversation!

Anyway, back to the reasons for using Bible software. This week here at WORDsearch, we were pretty excited to get published on LifeWay’s Pastors Today site. Have you checked it out yet? There are articles covering all kinds of topics related to the work you do in ministry, including ours this week, 5 Ways Bible Software Can Improve Your MinistryBesides that, here’s what else you might have missed at WORDsearch this week.

Spurgeon: More Prolific in Preaching, Writing, Studying, and Bible Scholarship than Most Anyone Who Ever Lived

Did you know that the most complete collection of Charles H. Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” is available from WORDsearch? The sheer volume of his work is astonishing considering he died at 57. Driven by the Holy Spirit with a passion to preach, he was wise beyond his years. The material he left in the form of published works has been a tremendous blessing to students of the Word.

Our Spurgeon Collection contains 91 volumes on prayer, church, church growth, Bible history, culture, sermons, theology, and more. You’ll even get to know Spurgeon better with the 14 biographies in this set, including his own autobiography.

Exposition with alliteration is my style.” Donald L. Cantrell’s New Commentary Snapshots

Donald Cantrell is one of our most popular authors. He knows how to jump-start your thinking by offering beautifully alliterated outlines for preaching and teaching. “Each outline is offered as a kind of seed, something that can be planted in your heart as you serve the Lord,” he says. “Of course, these seeds have the potential of blossoming into full blown sermons, and I hope some of them do so in your ministry.”

His new Bible Commentary Snapshots cover the gospels through Acts, along with a bonus Christmas volume. You’ll also find that all of Cantrell’s other works are 50 percent off!

Reminders:

The All Series sale ends Monday.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

5 Ways Bible Software Can Improve Your Ministry – Also Posted on Pastors Today

Pressured Pastor? Read Donald Cantrell’s Content Creation Tips

P.S. Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends tomorrow, so set your clocks back one hour. Have a great weekend.

5 Ways Bible Software Can Improve Your Ministry

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Even in this digital age of ebooks, many preachers still prepare sermons and lessons by researching dozens of paper books and Bibles in their library. Pastors often ask, “What are the main advantages of using Bible software?” The advantages are many, but here are 5 that stand out:

1. Bible software saves you time. With the fast topical and cross-reference searching features in Bible software, you can search your entire library for a single topic or verse in seconds. Instead of having to search through all of your books individually, imagine how powerful it is to search everything for exactly what you’re looking for by just typing and hitting “enter.” You can also quickly identify words linked to the original Greek and Hebrew using resources like Strong’s, leading to deeper understanding of each word.

2. Bible software saves you space. This might seem obvious, but with Bible software all you need is a computer or a mobile device. You can carry a seminary library on your laptop or device and access your content anywhere. This way, anywhere you are, if you need to access your library or look something up, it is as simple as grabbing your phone, tablet, or computer.

3. Bible software saves you money. With most Bible software, you can build a huge library of resources for a fraction of the cost of hard copies. More resources give you more content from prominent authors and pastors to help you improve your ministry to others.

4. Bible software gives you a new perspective in seconds. Quickly seeing the opinion of another pastor or scholar on the topic you’re studying can nudge you out of writer’s block. Scripture syncing features in Bible software can help you more quickly navigate to sermon content based on the Scripture you’re analyzing. This helps you see how others have outlined this Scripture, and how they have preached on that verse.

5. Bible software allows you to see things you’d miss otherwise. Bible software does cool things you can’t do any other way. For example, imagine clicking a button and seeing how the word “love” appears throughout all of Scripture, neatly displayed in a colorful bar graph. Imagine comparing 10 different Bible translations side by side, in perfect sync with one another.

With the help of powerful searching tools and access to more resources, including Bible dictionaries, surveys, commentaries, maps, and more, you can become a better student of God’s Word, which in turn helps you become a better teacher of God’s Word.

Originally posted on Pastors Today.

Saturday’s Roundup

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and here at WORDsearch we hope you know how much we appreciate you and the work you do for the kingdom. We admire the divine call on the lives of pastors and the sacrifices they make for others every day. We know how busy you are, so in case you missed any of our emails or releases, here’s what’s been happening at WORDsearch this week.

Treasures from Isaiah and the Mountains of the Bible

Many of you have heard us talking about Dr. Rod Mattoon, and that’s for good reason. Mattoon is one of our bestselling authors, with his commentary set, Treasures from the Scriptures, being used every day by pastors, teachers, and Bible students. So you could see why we are excited that this week we released two new volumes in the series. Treasures from Isaiah, Volume 1 covers the first 24 chapters of this major prophet. It’s full of outlines, illustrations, applications, and alliteration, all easy to apply to sermons and lessons. Treasures from Bible Mountains is a little different. It teaches what can be learned from the 14 famous mountains of the Bible lands. Each chapter examines one of these locations, all rich in Bible history and spiritual significance. Don’t worry, it is not just a geography lesson, it is an inspiring experience in human behavior and Christian living.

Appreciating Our Pastors

Like we mentioned above, October is Pastor Appreciation Month, so in a spirit of gratitude we set up a special pastor appreciation page with excellent tools that will benefit pastors and their ministries. Even if you aren’t officially a pastor, we know most of you probably should or could be! All serious students of God’s Word are ministers to others, and we appreciate your drive and commitment to study God’s Word. Feel free to participate in our Pastor Appreciation Sale, the page even includes some free resources, so don’t miss out.

Last Minute Reminders

The Scroggie Library sale ends Oct. 20. 

Butler Sermon Starter Set is on sale until Oct. 23.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

What can I, you, we all do? Much in every way, according to all God has blessed each one of us to have. It’s not that we can’t, it’s whether we will. – New Guest Post: What Can I Do?

6 Tips for Highlighting in WORDsearch – New Quick Tip

Don’t forget to stop and say hi on social media, we love to hear from you! Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to thank your pastor if you see them this Sunday!

Free Friday! Logged On and Tuned Out

vicki courtney, logged on and tuned outHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download is Logged On and Tuned Out: A Non-Techie’s Guide to Parenting a Tech-Savvy Generation in honor of DotMom. Don’t forget to pray for all the moms at the event!

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Like most other adults my age, I prided myself on having mastered the task of sending and receiving e-mail, doing an occasional search for a product, and using Word to type my manuscripts. Anything beyond that would cause sweaty palms and increased heart palpitations. I was still part of the old school of thought that an accidental tap of the Escape key would result in the computer blowing up. I was content living my nontechie, ignorance-is-bliss existence—that is, until one afternoon when I received the wake-up call that would bring me out of my technological slumber.

When CNN and FOX News asked Vicki Courtney to discuss child safety and the Internet on-air last summer, the best-selling author who is popular among both teenagers and parents knew this urgent issue had to become the core topic of her next book.

For sure, gone are the days when kids were safe just as long as they were at home and under your nose. Today’s children can access the world from a growing number of portable gadgets, and depending on what they do with this ability, could potentially invite a world of danger into their lives.

Logged On and Tuned Out is a timely wake-up call to low-tech (tuned out) parents whose high-tech (logged on) kids use modern computer and cell phone technology like second nature. In simple language, moms and dads overwhelmed by today’s digital world will learn the imperative basics and checkpoints of instant messaging, text messaging, social networking web sites (MySpace, Facebook), chat rooms, and photo and video uploading. The book even has its own related web site where parents can download online safety contracts, get updated information about safety filters, and more.

Vicki Courtney is founder of Virtuous Reality Ministries, producing online content and hosting events across the United States for preteen and teen girls and their parents. She is the best-selling author of 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter and Your Girl as well as the ECPA Christian Book Award winners TeenVirtue and TeenVirtue Confidential. Vicki lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and their three children.

After you have read the book, we would love to hear what you thought in the Customer Reviews box on the bottom of the book’s page. Have you read anything that has inspired you lately? Let us know!