Quick Tip – Using the Word Processor


Both WORDsearch 10 and WORDsearch Basic include a built-in word processor to help you with your studies.


It consists of a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor, which makes an HTML file that you can view inside WORDsearch, or it can be viewed outside using any web browser. By default any file saved will be placed in your documents folder in a folder called WORDsearch. These files will have an html extension.


You can modify the save location from the Options\Settings menu choice in WORDsearch.


Both the full version and the basic version work the same except the full version includes the ability to create a verse link that will work inside WORDsearch just like the verse links in your books, a very handy feature. Just type in the verse, like Genesis 1:1, and the word processor will turn it into a link with a Scripture pop-up.


The Commands


All of the commands are listed across the banner at the top of the processor window. If your window is too narrow to list them all, then a >> will appear that you can click to see the rest. Placing your cursor over the icon will identify what the command is for. If you are familiar with any other word processor, like Microsoft Word, then this one will be easy to pick up. There is even an undo command if you make a mistake.


There are few items that you may run across while using this editor.

  1. The verse links will not work outside of WORDsearch, including ones in other word processors.
  2. When you copy/paste from one of your WORDsearch books to the word processor you may find you cannot edit the formatting of the pasted text. This is due to the fact that it may be using formatting that is not understood by this basic word processor.
  3. The WORDsearch 10 version includes a button command that says: Publish. This no longer works and has not worked since the WORDsearch forum disappeared.

Any questions? Please comment or ask.

-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.


  1. Any chance of having a more robust editor in the next version of WORDsearch? Seems there are plenty of HTML editing controls out there, it would be nice to have some enhanced HTML editing capabilities within the app itself. Thanks!

  2. I would agree. I did provide some workarounds for a few things. Perhaps Ms. Cornett will post them in a future tip. They involve such changes as having space between paragraphs and indenting paragraphs.

  3. I have posted this for those that are interested in additional features.

    The only thing I didn’t like about this implementation is that it does not indent the start of a paragraph or separate it in any way. This can make it difficult to find out where one paragraph ends and the next begins. So I set out to fix it! I found that there is a template used to start all new documents that can be used to change this behavior. It is stored with your Wordsearch program. On my machine this is D:Program Files (x86)WORDsearch 10Data and is called editortemplate.html. I have reproduced the file below with a minor change.

    ol {list-style-type: decimal;}
    ol ol {list-style-type: upper-alpha;}
    ol ol ol {list-style-type: lower-roman;}
    ol ol ol ol {list-style-type: lower-alpha;}
    ol ol ol ol ol {list-style-type: lower-roman;}
    ol ol ol ol ol ol {list-style-type: lower-alpha;}
    p {margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-indent:1em;}

    On the line that begins with p {…} I have added “text-indent:1 em;” This will cause the paragraphs I write to be automatically indented on any document using this template. Note this will not change existing documents, only new ones. If you prefer to have your paragraphs separated by some white space then you could change the margin-bottom entry to something other than zero. You will need super-user privileges to change this file.

    Another interesting feature shows up in the template. Note the lines that start with ol. They are designed to automatically provide this word processor with an outlining capability. You can use it with the “number formatting” command and the “indent selection” command. Using indent on a line that was previously numbered will cause the number style to change along with the indent. This is a great outlining feature that is not documented until now.

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