Guest Post: Quick Tip – How to Create Your Own Set


Be sure and read our previous Quick Tip – How to Find Sets in Your Library.

Sets are a useful feature of WORDsearch. Why are some books sets? Most sets are found in the Commentaries category, where individual volumes only cover a portion of a Bible, so the set is created so that all the content from the Table of Contents (TOC) will be in one easily accessible place in your library. Another common type of book set up as a set is a Bible. This is so that the Old and New Testament are connected as a complete Bible, working as if it was one book.

Why is this helpful?

  • You can read the entire set as if it was one book
  • You can see the content of all of the volumes in one place in the TOC (the TOC is combined to put all the separate book’s TOCs in one place so you don’t have to keep opening the separate volumes to see their content.)
  • You can follow links from one volume of a set to another
  • If the volumes in the set are designed to work with Bible verses then the Bible references can be directed to any book in the set, which will be opened and displayed automatically once any one of the volumes are opened.
  • The automatic syncing will work within an entire set. This can save you time and give you more information faster than having to open each volume individually.

Can I Create My Own Sets? Why Would I?

Let’s say you buy some books that aren’t built as sets, but you want them to be all together as one book. An example of this are some free commentaries by John William McGarvey. Even though A Commentary on Matthew and Mark, Commentary on Thessalonians, Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans, and Four-Fold Gospel are all commentaries by McGarvey, in WORDsearch they are treated as separate volumes. If McGarvey is someone you consult often, it would help you to have these three commentaries in one place to see them all together.

Even if it doesn’t come as a set, we can create our own set.

To do this:

  1. In WORDsearch, click the Options menu and select Settings. The first entry is Startup and Paths. Note the Library books are loaded from: path to find out where your books are stored.


  1. Use Windows explorer to navigate to the folder found in step 1. There will be a folder for each of your books or sets of books. There should also be a folder called Sets. Click on that one. What you will see is a list of every set in your entire library. Note: For the next steps you may need administration privileges on your computer to save the file in the Sets folder.
  1. Use Notepad or another text editor to make a file like the one below with the following text. (Use this exact text for this specific commentary only.)


LongName=McGarvey’s Commentaries








  1. Save this file in the Sets folder under the name “McGarvey.set” (leave out the quotes). Now restart (or start) WORDsearch and you will find this set listed in your Library under the name “McGarvey’s Commentaries,” assuming at least one of the three books have been downloaded.


Now this will work as a single commentary like any other set in your library, allowing you to treat the separate volumes as one book, collected all together. So if you want to search McGarvey’s thoughts on a relevant passage you’re studying, you can just go to one place.


-Written by guest blogger Dale DePriest. Dale is a long time user of WORDsearch. He has taught adult Sunday School since the ’70s and uses WORDsearch for class presentation and private study. He also prepares and gives sermons once a month at a care facility in Grass Valley, CA.

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