Introduction to TheWordTutorial Website

Welcome to my new website!

This website is set up to help TheWord ( users to understand, learn how to use, and master TheWord. I will be constantly adding new posts to this website with information on how to use the program. What are some of the advantages of this program? 1) Free, 2) powerful for intense detailed Bible study, 3) suited for studies in Greek and Hebrew, 4) tremendous free module library database available, 5) study methods unavailable in other free or commercial Bible software. Continue reading Introduction to TheWordTutorial Website

Where is Strong’s Numbers in KJV?

Where is Strong’s Numbers in KJV?

Where is Strong’s Numbers in KJV?
By David Cox

Class Objective: Resolve the problem of no Strong’s numbers showing in the King James Bible. NOTE: In a normal installation of theWord from the official website, you should have both the Strong’s KJV and the Strong’s dictionary as part of the normal installation.

Toggling Strong’s Numbers on and off: Click in Bible Window, type “s”

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Bible Verse List Feature

Class Objective: To gather a list of verses together to paste into a Word Processor or use within TW.

Note: This feature of TW is available when you click on the “List” icon on the Bible Selector Bar.


Why you want to use Bible Lists

theWord is a program that allows you to gather, search, arrange, and present a tremendous amount of Bible knowledge. One thing you can do very well with TheWord is to find verses of the Bible about some topic of interest. But if you are studying some Bible topic, and you come across 50, 60, or 70 verses on that topic, wouldn’t you want to save them, review them, add to them, and remove some that are not so good? TW allows you to do this nicely. This is a tremendous feature of TW.


Bulk add of verses to a Verse List

Here I have done a simple search on “faithfulness” in the left hand Bible Search window, and right clicked in that window, and then “Select all” from the pop-up menu, and then right click again, and “copy all [19] selected verse(s) to list”.

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Specific Search and Adding of a Verse to a List

Suppose at this point, I remember a verse about “stewards being faithful to the Lord.” I can do another search of “steward and faithful”, and I get these search hits.


Here what we see is an image of adding a single verse to the verse list.

We do the search (the left window), either click on the verse in the search results (left window) to see if it is indeed what we want, and then we right click on the verse in the search resutls window (left window) or the Bible (right window) and click on Add to current verse list.

Gathering verses from other places


In this exercise, I opened a BookView window and a BookView Search window, and searched for “faithfulness” on my modules. In the Amtrac dictionary I saw the entry “faithfulness” and opened it (clicked on it in the lower left Window, and it opened in the lower right window. I moused over the verses there, and I like Number 23:19 that talks about the faithfulness of God (not actually mentioning the word). So I right clicked on the reference and from the popup, chose “other”… “add to verse list”.


In this way, you can go through your books searching for a concept and find verses where the actual word “faithfulness” isn’t necessarily there in a Bible verse, but the book talks about faithfulness, and you can add to your list this way.

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Freeform Adding of a Verse to the Verse List

Let’s say at this point, that I remember a certain verse that pertains to my study. Let’s say I want to add Luke 16:1-16, the Parable of the Unjust Steward that was unfaithful to my verse list.

verse-list-add-freeformTo do this we first click on “List” on the Bible Version Selector bar, and in the left hand menu that shows with the verse list, there is a document looking icon with a green plus sign. We click on that and we get the image above to hand enter a freeform verse reference.

Verse List Menu Strip Options

Now to review all the Verse List Menu Strip Icons:

Loading a verse list – The top red book with a magnifying glass is to load a previously saved verse list.

Add a verse to the current list – The document with green plus


Create a new verse list – Document with yellow star.


Save list to Disk – Floppy Disk symbol.


Rename the current Verse List – I>A symbol


Copy Verselist Options – Two document icons. This will open a dialog box with options as to how you want to copy your verses into the clipboard.

These options are pretty straightforward. You can copy references and verses, or just the references.

The first option will become active if you have a verse or more selected before clicking on this icon.

Copy all (CTRL) – This option is the same as the second option, but it allows you to go through the Copy Verses dialog box which will allow you to format your verses in many different ways before putting them in the clipboard.

Delete verse list – This icon will delete the current verse list.


Multiple Columns Display in Verse List. – This option will allow you to show the verse list in multiple columns.

Enlarge or Diminish the Size of Font for the Verse List window.

This will allow you to see the verses larger or smaller. This is especially essential when viewing Hebrew with vowel pointing, otherwise this is basically for those with poor sight.

Print Current Verse List

This is for printing a verse list, or you can copy and paste to a word processor, and print it from an external program.

Toggle Grab mode for Cursor – This allows you to more easily move the list by “grabbing it”.

Using Verse Lists

As a TW user, you basically need to master the creation and manipulation of verse lists. This is a tremendously powerful feature of TW in that it will allow you to collect, review, print, and copy sets of verses. If you combine this with some of the cross reference modules available, this becomes even more powerful.

Reaping verses from books

What about if you are reading books on Angels, and you want to put all the Bible references in these chapters (say from Systematic Theologies or doctrines books) into a Bible list. Activate watching the clipboard, (Clipboard Monitor Options), copy the entire chapter/topic into the clipboard, and when the popup shows up with the verses, select from that popup, “add all to list.” This will allow you to build up a verse list with extensive sets of verses on a topic.


Final Note

Note that you can right click and save a verse reference to the active verse list, but not when this verse reference is actually in the BibleView Window, i.e. showing up in a commentary in the Bible with Commentary side-by-side.

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Practice with: Method: Verse Collection from Cross References

Bible-Dictionary Lookup Popup

Bible Dictionaries

Description of Feature

Dictionary Lookup Popup. When you setup this feature of the word, you can quickly lookup the definition of a Bible word in various commentaries completely AUTOMATICALLY with just passing the mouse over the word in a Bible.

Note that TheWord will put as many or as few Bible Dictionaries (optionally any module will work) into the mix to search, and when the popup shows, YOU HOLD DOWN SHIFT and click in the popup window, and you can then scroll down the window to see the different dictionary definitions.


This Bible Dictionary feature is extremely powerful, and useful, and you can use it to quickly (almost instanteously) see many definitions of a word. See below at the bottom of this post for more uses of this feature.

(Note that in the illustrations below, I am highlighting the word I am mousing over in the image so you will see where my mouse is, but in TheWord, the word stays the same color.)


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How to Make Module Sets

How to Make Module Sets

Topic: How to make module sets
By David Cox

Class Description: In this post we will explain what are module sets, and how to use them, as well as how to make them.

Warning: Every TheWord user MUST MASTER MODULE SETS, or your experience with the program will be greatly hindered if you can use it at all. This issue is just that important. Let me just explain it this way, every time you want to see a module in TW, it has to be part of the current module set. Even though you install a module, and TW asks you if you want it to fit the module into the current module set, without saving that module set, you won’t see it the next time you run TW. This is the most common new user problem, finding your modules.


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How to search across theWord Bible Versions

Search across theWord Bible Versions

Class Objective: search across theWord Bible Versions. In this class, we want to do studies ACROSS BIBLE VERSIONS. The idea here is to see how different Bible versions treat a certain word or concept in Scripture.

REQUIREMENTS: You need to have dominated the basics of doing a Bible search before you do this class. (See How to search the Bible).

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How do I show the BibleView Window Options Icons (at left)

BibleView Window Options Icons

BibleView Window Options Icons. When using theWord, at times you accidentally press a wrong combination of keys, and you are left with something you don’t want. I have been using theWord working in a Bible, and all of sudden the entire left hand icons disappear on me, well actually, I pressed the wrong keys and they disappeared on me.

For most things with theWord you can go to the main menu at the top, and you can search there for turning something on or off. But in this particular case, you will need to know how to do this while you have the Bibleview window in particular active. Then it is very easy.

Tip: So if you do not see the left hand menu Icons in your BibleView. If this is the case, then press Ctrl+T to toggle it on/off or hide/show.



BibleView Window Options Icons

See the image below (icons on left ) for an example of a BibleView Window with this icon column.

BibleView Window Options Icons

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Adding theWord Commentary Notes

Adding theWord Commentary Notes

Class Objective: Show how to make personalized commentary notes in theWord. Adding theWord Commentary Notes

Adding theWord Commentary Notes. First of all, a commentary is simply a module that has the structure of one topic per verse in the Bible. So what we are going to do is to very simply, just make our own commentary. Some limitations of commentaries should be kept in mind. First of all, we should realize that of course you cannot name the topics whatever you want. This kind of freeform naming is for a regular book module. Secondly, you cannot add extra topics as child topic here.

But what are the advantages of a commentary module? First of all, if you have your commentary open in theWord, you can see it as you scroll or jump around in the Bible. It is visible with any Bible version by the way. Also, in theWord, you can insert charts, graphs, and images in commentaries as with any other book module.

Some other observations. When using a commentary, you need to keep in mind the distinction of viewing the commentary in a BibleView window (the commentary is not editable) and in a BookView window (the commentary is fully editable).

If you find yourself wanting to do this, but you don’t want to insert thousands of time to make each entry for an entire Bible, go to and download Costas’ dummy (empty) commentary module to help you get started. If you go to the page (above) there are other empty modules to use like a yearly devotional, etc. a template commentary file with an entry for each verse. The entries are used as placeholder

Download the module and unzip it, put it in with your other modules, and restart TW. I would also replace the “tpl” (template) part with your own name, for example for me, I would rename the file to cox-bible-commentary.cmt.twm.

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Preparing the Module for Use

The first thing you need to do is to unlock the commentary to make it user editable. Open TW, accept to add this commentary to your Module Layout set, and then click it in the module selector bar, or type enough of the title-name in the Module Selector search box to get, and select it. It should be showing now. While this dialog box is open, return to the first tab, and edit the tab’s name (how it appears on the Module Selector bar), which is the “Abbreviation” field, the first one.

Now you need to right click on the title (on the letter or folder name where it is in module selector bar if you automatically created the Module Layout by title) , and click on the second tab at the top, and click, “User Module (Can be Edited)“. If you don’t do this step, your blank commentary will not be editable by you and it is worthless.

You should not worry about the green numbers after each book abbreviation. These tell you how many sub-topics are immediately under that particular topic (book name), and if you open one of these (clicking on the plus sign), you will see an equal green number representing the number of verses in each chapter.

Using your Personalized Commentary

You now need to setup a layout for using it (although this is not absolutely essential, it is a good idea). So in your TW, setup a BibleView window on top (F11) with a Bookview on bottom (F12). Now click anywhere in the BibleView window, and press Control+O to get to the BibleView Window Options. In the left hand menu options on this dialog box, find “Inline Commentaries” and put a checkbox at the top of that page, and then find your commentary in the commentary listing part below. In the image below, I named my commentary “Cox Bible Commentary“.

Once you have selected these options you should see something like this.

Now we are ready to setup TW for entering comments in your commentary. You may ask, why does David want to go through all this trouble? The issue here is to read a Bible verse and make a comment. I find it extremely helpful to have my personal commentary notes in the BibleView window, clickable, but NOT EDITABLE. This is how I set it up FOR ACTUALLY USING MY COMMENTARY.

On the other hand, sometimes I want to CREATE COMMENTS, and this is where the bottom part comes in. Let me just also suggest that in this layout you add a second BookView Window with the downloaded commentaries you have. So this is the final view of how I am making or creating my comments while reading other people’s commentaries.

Note that here I have Constable’s commentary in the second BookView window, and I have simply copied part of Constable’s comments into my personal commentary. Notice that there are a few “tweaks” that I have additionally done.

First the icon to the right of the grab icon (hand) I have this opened (click on the down arrow beside it). I have clicked on for all three options. Once you do that, you will need to click the icon (left of the down arrow) and make it “work”. I had to do it several times before it took for some reason. Do the same on the Constable Commentary bookview window. What this does is syncronize these two windows (commentaries only) with the BibleView window, so when you move in the Bible, these two windows will also move to the corresponding verse. This saves you a lot of time in clicking when you comment on more than one verse.

The next thing I did is get rid of the side module index in both commentary windows. This is an open book to the left of the actual commentary verse reference (in the image, “Jn 3:” is showing in this little window).

Here you will see the toggle as an open book icon with a red background. Click this on both commentary bookviews so that you will have more space to read and write.

I should also note that in general, I have times when I study through a passage or even a Book, and I want TW to make it easy for me to put notes into commentary pages. This setup is for those occasions. To me as a pastor, the best methodology here is to first read a passage of the Bible, and make my own notes and commentary. Then I start going through some standard and well known commentaries, and see what they have to say, and adding, modifying, or deleting what I said. This is really the way this should go.

Many times I am just doing something else, see a tremendously great comment on a verse, so I open a Bookview window, select my personal commentary, and then go to the verse in question and add the comment. Close my commentary and continue working.

To preach these topics notes if you want, I would suggest using a netBook in the public to view it or a tablet PC, or even an Android phone (See my website for some information. Basically you will need to go to the website and download the conversion utility for converting TheWord Modules to MySword format. It is not that complicated, but you will need to convert your commentary each time you want to preach it, so a NetBook runing TheWord is nicer and quicker).

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Making this setup easy-access

Now that you have TW exactly the way you want it, without a doubt, you have to stop, do something else, and now you will mess up your setup. There are two recommendations here. First you can make a USB installation on your hard drive, and set it up in its own folder, and open that TW instance and setup it up, and do commentary work always from there.

The second (recommended) way is once you get things the way you want, go to the main file menu, select View, Layout, Save Current Layout. (See image below).

This way you can simply select View, Layouts, My Layouts and choose whatever you named this setup, and get back here quickly. Adding theWord Commentary Notes

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