theWord hyperlink creation in theWord

Class objective: To make an ebook type topic with an outline and notes, page anchors, and with hyperlinks to these anchors/main subtopics.

theWord hyperlink creation

theWord hyperlink creation. There are many ebook applications out there, one of the best and most popular is a simple Adobe Acrobat file (a pdf file). If properly made, a PDF can have an outline, with a table of contents and each point in it being a hyperlink to that section. There are epub books, and a host of other types of software and formats whereby you can make the material of a book or Bible study into a “public document with navigation”. However, the advantage of theWord over all of these, is that theWord automatically formats and links all Bible references into the Bible, and this default Bible can be switched to any particular version you desire. Many people who use the NIV or some other version as well as missionaries make excellent use of reading an English document but using say a Spanish Bible for the verse references. I personally do this a lot. I can copy and paste the verses in Spanish into some sermon or Bible study I am working on.

See also Setting the Default Bible Version

Basically this is very similar to regular HTML procedures. The way this works is that you first make an anchor somewhere in the page, and then you type text that will be the text of the menu option, and finally to highlight that text and make a hyperlink to the anchor. See my youtube video demostrating this at the bottom of this page.

Making an anchor

The anchor is where TW will go to when you click on the hyperlink, and it is also what will show (starting there to some point further down on the page) in a tooltip when you hover or mouseover the hyperlink.

To make an anchor, you go to where you want the hyperlink to end up at, and press Control R. This should get you the following dialog box.

You will type in the name of the anchor (something that clearly identifies it) or you can use the default name TW suggests (which is bkm plus a number). Frankly I reserve the bkm for footnotes myself.

To delete an anchor already made you go to the anchor in the text (a dotted green line or a small round hollow circle identifies it), and press control + R to access it. Then you click delete, or you can change tabs and delete all the existing anchors in that particular topic.

Making the hyperlink

Once you have the anchor (which is always first), then you go to where you want the link text to be, and type in that. In long complicated topics, I often will take all the major headings and copy and paste them to the top portion of the topic, type in “Topics” and below that insert these topics, make the anchors, and then link the text to them. The video shows how this works.

Once you select the text for your hyperlink, you press control K. You should now see this image.

At this point your highlight text will be in the field “Text” (towards the bottom, in the above image is it under the last line of the popup box).  There are two key fields here, the “Target verse/Topic” field and the “Bookmark” field.

In the Target Verse/Topic field you can select a Bible version/verse reference (you will need to change the above options in part 1. to Bible. Here we are leaving the top part and just going to select a topic from the current module. Note that all the topics are in this dropdown box, and you can just click into it and start typing if you know the name of the topic. Since we are not linking outside of the present topic we will leave that alone.

Now click in the Bookmark (anchors) dropdown box. You should see this image.

Here in the bookmark field you can choose which of the anchors on this page you want to make the bookmark or place where TW will go to when you click the hyperlink.

The next field beside it is how much will be seen in the tooltip popup which is displayed when you mouseover or hover over the hyperlink.


Compare TheWord vs E-Sword

Compare TheWord vs E-Sword

Compare TheWord vs E-Sword. Both programs are free, and work basically the same. e-Sword has had a lot of interface problems for a long while now, that have not been fixed even though numerous versions have come and gone. Most of these types of problems are resolved beautifully in THEWORD. Continue reading Compare TheWord vs E-Sword

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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Eliminating theWord Bible text brackets

Eliminating theWord Bible text brackets

Eliminating theWord Bible text brackets. Tip: How do you get rid of the square brackets in the Bible texts? (Also when copying and pasting?)

Eph 1:2 Grace [be] to you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.

As you see in this example, these words are added words by the translators. Depending upon your view of these things and what version of the Bible you are using, this can be distracting. The more modern version play rough with the original text and they in general don’t mind changing the exact words to something similar, so this is not even appearing in those Bible versions. For the Bible versions that try to maintain a one-to-one correspondence, this can appear in these more biblically true texts.

This is an option to click off.

Go to the Bible Options menu (CTRL+O or Tools->Bible Options).

Select in “Font Colors and Styles”

Then unclick “Render words added by translator with square brackets”.

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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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How do you compress a module? theWord module compression

theWord module compression

theWord module compressionOBJECTIVE: Explain how to compress a theWord module.

theWord module compression. This tutorial page explains about how theWord Bible program compresses its files. This is an automatic thing, and it helps you to not have to do so. Actually, it is transparent if you activate it.

Why would you want to compress a module?

This is where we should start. Actually there good reasons to compress your modules. First of all, if you are uploading them to the Internet, if you are emailing them, if you are using the modules on a USB Flash memory drive and have limited space, all of these are reasons to compress a module.

What modules can you compress?

You can compress any module except for Bible modules which are just plain ASCII text files.


  • You cannot compress a premium “encrypted” module.
  • You cannot compress Bible modules (OT, NT, ONT).
  • You cannot compress a module if it is locked with a password.
Note that of course you can use a program like pkzip to compress any file. theWord program has this capacity to “INTERNALLY” compress and still use the file compressed which is why compressing it internally (from within theWord) is better than using an external compression program.

How do you compress a module

First of all, you need to select the module from the module select bar. Once you have the module in the bookview window, then right click on its title, or if it is in a folder on that bar, select the file and then right click on the folder.

In the popup dialog box that results, click the second tab at the top, and you should see this image (with your module’s information instead of the one I picked).

Once you have checked off the corresponding check boxes (above) you click ok and the dialog box will close. Note that this is the preferred way to compress a module to email it. Doing this, you will get as good file compression as using any compression utility out there, and whomever receives the module and immediately use without uncompressing it.

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).

Continue reading How to search across theWord Bible Versions

Converting other program’s books into TheWord.

Class Objective: To learn how to convert other Bible Programs modules into theWord.

For this class, you will need to first download the theWord converter tool found here.

The formats that this utility imports are:

• RTF files from your local disk (to create a commentary or book)
• e-Sword modules (only non-password protected modules)
• Zefania XML modules
• Unbound Bible modules

First of all, notice that besides importing or converting modules or files from other formats into theWord format, there are other features that this importer does.

Run the program, and you will see this screen. (Tab1)

Tab1: Disk Files

This importer tool will import with RTF files to make a module. For this tab, you will need to indicate the information about, mostly the module title, and where the files are. Note that this feature is most useful when in some other program you can export the files chapters in the format of RTF files.

TAB2 Import from e-Sword modules

The restrictions of importing e-Sword modules are the following:

1) you cannot import any version 10 REFX files.
2) you cannot import any version 9-10 Bibles (bblx) files.
3) you cannot import any locked e-Sword modules.

Most probably any “read-only” files will not be imported either. Any corrupted e-Sword modules will of course not be read.

You should see this when you click on the tab.

The way this works is that you pick a folder on your hard disk, and the utility will read the files it finds there, and the numbers (0) above will be changed to reflect the number of modules of that type found. You can selectively exclude groups of modules. You then click “Convert” and your files will be converted.

TAB3 and TAB4 Import Bibles from Unbound Bible and Zephania.

These two websites have public domain Bibles, and if you find a Bible you like there, you can download the Bible to your hard drive and import it into theWord format. Zefania or unbound Bible and choose a Bible and download it.

From there choose a tab corresponding with the site where you downloaded the Bible, and select the file and convert the Bible.

TAB5 Other Utilities

This tab has various utilities which you can run on a theWord module to do various things to it.

 Tab 6 Import Chapter Headings into a Bible

With this utility you can import chapter headings into a theWord Bible.

Create a New Book Module – theWord new file creation

theWord new file creation

theWord new file creationClass Objective: In this class we will simply create a new Book Module.

theWord new file creation. In this tutorial class we look at how you create a new module within the theWord Bible software program. For clarification, you simply cannot create a new Bible from within the program itself. It is not that difficult to create a new Bible from any Word Processing editor, except for the point that each paragraph is a new verse, which that part is a little difficult. There are templates for the creation of new modules, and even a Bible template that will have the verse reference at the beginning of each verse, but then removing those tags would be a problem also in the end.

Uses for this class: I have two purposes (at the moment at least) for this class:

(1) Making a new book module for you to enter your sermons, Sunday School classes, and Bible research and study notes.

(2) Copying and pasting somebody else’s material (either public domain stuff or with the owner’s permission) into a module.

I will not go into the copyright issues here, so I assume you are doing some legal.

First of all, open a BookView Module (See Identifying the Panes) (F12). Now click in the main menu on the first top line of the program on the option File, and the first option in the popup that is under that, “New user module…”

This will open a new module for you to use in that BookView window.