Class Objective: In this class we will show you how to “journey through the Bible” or theWord History Feature. The idea here is how to use TheWord such that you can easily get around in a Bible jumping from place to place.
Open a Bibleview window if it is not yet open (F11).
Overview of theWord History Feature
The first thing here is understand how to use the program to get what you want. In this tutorial we will assume that you are using the Bible search function or you have a list of verses (say in a book) that you are using to visit and read.
There are several different ways to use this theWord History Feature, and which you use is up to you. First of all, you can open a “help window” which will have the entire Bible in tree format, and you click on the Bible Tree icon on the top menu bar (this is three circles, white, green, and red, with lines between them like a tree).
This will bring up the Bible Tree window in the sidebar.
You can open a book by clicking on it or click on it again and close it.
The next way of getting a verse to appear in a Bible window is to simply type in the verse, John 3:16, in the verse entry box. This box is on the menu lines.
Likewise you can click on the down arrow of this box, and by using the mouse, get to a particular verse.
At this point, I should note, most beginning users will want the F8, Bible Tree function, and with time, it seems most users gravitate from that to typing the verse into the box, and finally, when fully “lazy”, they use the mouse. I don’t know why that is so, but just an observation.
Once you can manually get through the Bible, now you need to note that in general you can just click on any visual verse reference in the BibleView or BookView windows, and go there. Mousing over verses will allow them to pop up.
As a tip, when I find a page on the Internet with say 200 verses that I want to lookup, it is in general much easier to simply copy the entire text into the Windows clipboard (select and control+C), and then make a new module in theWord (I have a module I made called “delete” which is just junk stuff, like this. I never save anything in it, and anything saved in it can just be deleted without fear of losing something important.). Now paste the copied text into this work module, and Control+D to tooltip the references. Now pass the mouse over the verses and see them quickly. Click on them to open the verse reference in the BibleView window.
How to Regress through the Woods: theWord History Feature
theWord History Feature. Suppose you jump from verse to verse, and after having gone through 20-30 verses this way, you remember one of the first verses which was the best one, so how do you find it again?
Verse History Icons
These icons allow you to retrack your steps as you navigate through many verses in the Bible through theWord History Feature. This verse History is saved from this present theWord session only, but it allows you to go backwards and then forwards through the verse history. If you click the small black triangle to the right of each icon, you will see a complete list of the verses you visited in this session. Note that the left arrow is to go back, and the right arrow is to go forward in the list. When you first start TW, these icons will be grayed out, and as you make a path through the Bible visiting different verses the left arrow will become active. If you use the left arrow to go back to visit a previously visited verse, then the right arrow will become active. Also note that the particular Bible version that you used when visiting a verse is also saved.
CLASS OBJECTIVE: This page is a reference page with all the keyboard short cuts for TheWord.
theWord keyboard short cuts. theWord keyboard short cuts. In this tutorial class we give a few short cuts key strokes for working with theWord program. I am just going to list them here, and in other places on this website I will describe exactly what they are.
Class Objective: To help the user understand the module’s topic list panel. Bookview Topic List Panel
When using a regular paper and ink book, the smart student will know the existance of a table of contents or index in the front of the book (usually) and if he or she is not going to read the entire book, but check out some part of it, that is where they would go to. With theWord, the module can be made such that each chapter of the book is in a separate “topic” (the equivalent of a chapter in a paper and ink book). By opening the topics panel of a book module, you can then navigate more intelligently the book.
One note: This feature has to be introduced when the module is made, and some lazy module creators do not do this, but put the entire work into a single topic (or chapter). Granted that for a very short work, this is fine, but for most works, they need to be separated into individual topics to make them more manageable.
Bookview Topic List Panel
First of all note that this side panel is attached (always) to the particular book module that is in this bookview window.
Secondly note that there is an icon of an open book just above the panel, to the immediate right of the two green arrows (they may be greyed out if you just opened this bookview window as in my image above). This icon toggles the book’s Topic list panel on and off from visibility.
This topic list is for quick navigation and finding of topics in a book. If you prefer a drop down (where you can type the first few letters of a topic to quickly go to it), then to the right of the book topic list toggle icon there is this drop down box.
theWord required hardware. Generally speaking, any modern Pentium PC is capable of running the program. The memory consumption is usually quite low, though it depends on the number of modules you have installed.
In general, The Word runs surprisingly well on older machines with slower CPU’s and less memory. It has been tested and debugged with more than 600 modules on a 4-year old PC and has performed very well.
In general, The Word is optimized to perform most of it’s tasks quickly, with no waiting whatsoever.
Notes: When theWord runs slower, there is usually a reason. I have run theWord with 5000 modules installed, and it does run well under that load. But the problem comes in initializing. theWord maintains indexes of each module that it has installed, and this is especially true of the Bibles. So at startup of the program, theWord, it will check those Bible indexes, and it will generate any that are missing or damaged. In general, theWord will only generate a topic index on the rest of the modules, so that is rather quick, except if you have 5,000 new modules, and some have hundreds of chapters or topics. But again, all of this will be done once when a new module is introduced, and basically theWord will not redo it unless you erase the indexes (or transfer the module to another installation of theWord).
Also note that theWord has a special setup for premium under copyright modules, and they will want to reauthenticate if you just copy them into another installation without the password. Authentication is where you have to provide your email and the password given to you when you purchased the module.
From David Cox: Personally, I have run it on a Toshiba 286 (a very old dog of a slow computer) with 6MB of RAM using the USB installation on a USB stick, and it ran quite well. I had about 300-400 modules on the USB stick, with a doggle converting a port on the to a USB drive entrance, and I was surprised how well it did work.
MAC: theWord is a native PC/Windows program, so there is not a direct way of running theWord on a macintosh computer or MAC. But having said that, many Macintosh users have pushed until the MAC community have made work arounds for running Windows programs on their Macs, so any of these Windows Emulators will allow you to run theWord on a Mac.
Faulty Module ID. This is a problem that comes about sometimes when TW detects two modules with the same “supposedly unique” TW Identifier. This happens when module creators don’t check with Stergiou Costas, theWord creator, for a batch of Module IDs to use.
What are TW Identifiers?
These identifiers are designed to make each module uniquely identifyable to the program, so when two totally different modules have the same identifier, you are asking for problems. TW uses this identifier when you make a hyperlink from one file to another file. So it is an important thing to be aware of. (If you have no links between modules, then it is not too critical, just bothersome.) Basically you need to go into one or the other and change the identifier. It would be best to advise whomever you got the files from about the matter, informing them of both files with the same TW ID.
The block of identifiers that Costas has given me (David Cox) is for example b1450. If there were two of them, then change one to “b1450b” and that will work. Basically any text in this field is sufficient, and TW defaults to putting the filename in this field, which since TW will recurse directory folders to find all its modules, it is possible that in two different folders you have the same filename. When this happens, some unpredicable things might happen, because TW doesn’t know which is the right file.
If both files are identical, basically you will just see the name show up twice if you make a template module set.
How to find a “lost” file
Basically you will notice this in one of two ways:
(1) you notice a file that has a different abbreviation than what it should have, i.e. the file is by one author with one title, and the abbreviation represents it as being a different author and/or book title.
(2) You download a file, install it, and it doesn’t show up where you think it should be showing up.
Verifying that the module was registered by TW in the current session
Well, the first thing to do is to verify that your install of the module did work correctly. First of all, you did close TW and reopen it? (Close… File -> Exit on the main TW menu). They won’t show up otherwise.
Secondly, the install exe did execute correctly and ended with a screen “Run theWord now.”
Fourthly, see if TW has registered the module in this session. Sometimes a module is corrupted, so TW “discards it”, i.e. ignores it because it cannot read the file (wrong format or corrupted).
Go to the main TW menu, and click “Help” then “About” then the rightmost tab “File Locations”. You should see this image.
Notice here that I am showing you this image from a USB install of TW into a folder I created on my hard drive, C:\TW Posted\ which I use for my finished modules that I post on my website, twmodules.com. So in that USB install, I have folders for the modules by year and by date for me to keep things straight.
If you module doesn’t appear in this list, TW didn’t find it or register it, and most probably it is corrupted in someway, and your solution would be to download it again from your source. If you have done that, and it still does show up, send it to a friend or to me or to Costas and ask them to check the module in their system.
Tracking down what happened to the module
If the module does show up on this list, then TW has it registered, but you are having problems seeing it. Go to Module Layout setup, and then search for the module filename in the left hand pane. Note, suppose I have a module by Martin Luther but it is not showing up. I type Luther (or part of the book’s title) in the search/filter area at the bottom of this screen.
Now you can see if the module registered, and if perhaps the filename is very different from the abbreviation. If you will notice at the top of the list, there is an E.M. Bounds book that showed up in this listing of Luther’s works. Obviously something is wrong.
If you mouseover the title, you can see more of the module’s data and figure out that this module has the wrong Abbreviation information for some reason.
Note that this is sufficient information to figure out what happened. Your Martin Luther Sermons module got the abbreviation for Bound’s spanish work “Poder de Oración”. If you look in the module layout set, you will not find Luther’s sermons, but if you look under the B’s, this title will show up there. The Module Layout sets uses the Abbreviation to order the modules, not the actual module filename.
To solve this, close this dialog box, go to the B’s and select this Bounds book, and change the abbreviation information.
One final note: Note that this is not a problem with theWord program, but a problem of the module creator(s) who use anything for TW identifiers. They should ask Costas for a block or an indiviudal TW Module ID, and use that so that there will not be conflict with other modules. I do this, but in some cases, things get mixed up, and I use the same ID in two different modules anyway, and this happens to me.
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.
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.
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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”.