Using Inline Commentaries

CLASS OBJECTIVE: In this tutorial class, I will show you how to use theWord inline commentaries function.

What you see below is a simple BibleView window (KJV on left, commentary on the right). What makes this such a powerful tool is that you can set your commentaries in this inline commentary function, and you can read through/study through a passage of Scripture and read the commentary with it quickly.

Before we get too involved in this one, there is a short-cut  key to do this, which first is clicking in the BibleView Window you want the commentaries to appear in, and the typing a single letter:

N – Toggles the commentaries off (hides them).
C – Shows the commentaries below the Bible verse.
T –  Show the commentaries besides the Bible verse (see image above for an example of this).

Note that there are two very distinct things here, your quick access to BibleView functions and options, and a full access to the options involved. If you click on the wheel or cog, then you get the full access to set the BibleView Window options. If you click on the down arrow beside the wheel, you will quickly activate or deactivate (hide or show) one of these functions.

Once having activated the BibleView Window (clicking in it), then you press Control+O to get into the toggle to show this. At this point, you should see something like this.


Now we want to click in the left-hand window to get to inline commentaries section.

What we see here are the settings for the inline commentary. (Above to activate it by short cut keys, and here in this dialog box you click the topmost checkbox to activate or deactivate it.

You can play with these options to change the “look and feel” of the commentary, but the important point here is that in the mini-window with the listing of your installed commentaries, you can check off the ones you want to see in the inline commentaries.

Note: You see double commentaries because you have more than one installed. In my case, I have some of these commentaries in a “commentaries” folder, and some in the main “books” folder in this installation, and as such, they appear twice. Don’t let this bother you. You can delete the redundant ones if you so desire. It doesn’t hurt to leave them either.

Here I am going to check off my recommended commentaries:

Recommended Commentaries

Click link name of the commentary to go to the download page for that module. All these commentaries are free by the way.

So this (below) is something like what it looks like:

The power of theWord is seen when you set this up, and can quickly scan through a passage and see various different commentaries quickly on a given passage. theWord saves you time, gives you power. Study the image above. This is really a great, powerful tool for Bible study. You cannot underestimate how much you can do with these tools!


Remember, what you want to do is to get to this point extremely quickly. So once you are here, To make this into a screen layout, Go to the main TW menu, View-> Layout -> Save Current Layout – (name it)

This video goes through making a text sermon using the Commentaries inline.

Setting Bible Order theWord

When we are Setting Bible Order theWord, then we want to see the Bibles in a particular window. This will be messed up though when you jump back and forth using different Bibles. the order of Bibles will show those most recently used in the bar. When you close down theWord and open it again, it is going to revert to the set Bible order (if you set it that is). Otherwise, it is just whatever order they were in on the Bible bar when you shut down.

Setting Bible Order theWord is very easy. When you want to be Setting Bible Order theWord, follow these instructions.

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New Optimized Commentaries

I have been using the commentaries in TW more, and I want to explain a few new concepts that I am incorporating into the website, the TW modules, and how to use TW with commentaries.

1.) Filename conventions

The first thing I want to clarify is some naming conventions which I am starting to use, and slowly I will work through the entire module database set at and rename everything to conform to these conventions.

Purpose: To make the creation of Module Layout Sets easier.

By adding this abbreviations to the actual filename, I am hoping that it will make it easier for people to make module layout sets of a particular type easier. Note that I am also trying to reduce the Abbreviation so that when you use these commentaries with Commentary Linking, they will be concise.

TOS – Topical Sermon Database (TOS)

These files are sermon modules, arranging link a dictionary under a topical arrangement of themes.

TES – Textual Sermon Database (TES)

These files are sermons arranged like a commentary by author, on different verses in the Bible. There may be more than a single sermon in each verse topic.

ExC – Expository Commentary (ExC)

These are just regular expositional commentaries. Note that these are naming conventions solely used by me, David Cox.

more to come later… Please check back…

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When using theWord with two different languages, sometimes it seems as though the theWord watching Clipboard doesn’t work. Actually, it does, but it will only watch for references according to the language you have active at the moment.

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Showing Translator Notes

Showing Translator Notes is a class for theWord on how to turn on and off, and the options for Translator’s notes. Let me just make the statement at the beginning, that this feature is not very much used because most Bible modules (for theWord or for e-Sword) do not have these notes in the module. If these notes are not in the actual Bible module file, they are just not there, you will not see them. Sorry!

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