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.

Where is Strong’s Numbers in KJV?

Where is Strong’s Numbers in KJV? explains how to reveal the strongs number associated with each word in the 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.

Continue reading Where is Strong’s Numbers in KJV?

Inserting Verses in other Programs

Inserting Verses in other Programs

Class Objective: To teach the user how to get information from TW into other programs.


Okay, so you are now using theWord regularly and you like the ability that it has to search the Bible and other books. But you want to use it to insert Bible verses into your emails, you Powerpoint presentation, or just into your favorite word processor, (no not Microsoft Word, that would be easy, but AbiWord, a fantastic little Microsoft Word knock off that is freeware and just great!). How do I do that?

The TW Watching the Clipboard Function

theWord has a nifty function to help the user insert verses into any application that can take user input. This feature can also be a user with HTML pages on the Internet to just see what the text of a verse or verses is.

The way this works is that theWord has to be running, and after it is running in another window, you go to your other application, type in a Bible reference, highlight it and copy it, and TW will popup the verse, and you can optionally just view the verse references you highlighted and copied to the clipboard, or you can paste them into your other application.

This feature of TW has to be activated before it works. To turn it “on” or “off” you go to the TW main menu and click the File menu option, then Preferences. This will give you the following image (note you have to click on the second tab to see what is in the image below).

clipboard-watching-preferencesWatching the Clipboard Options). Just unclick the second to the last option (“Disable clipboard monitoring”). Now notice above that, with Ctrl+Shift+V you can globally (in other programs) insert verses into any application even though it isn’t specifically designed to work with theWord, for example, Microsoft Excel, a database program, an email program, etc.

Click ok and close the window.

Invoking the Verse Insertion

Now we are going to use Microsoft Word (any app will work, it is just what I decided to use for the demo). Alt+Tab to your other program, but leave TW running in the background.

Type in a verse reference, highlight it and then press Ctrl+C (standard Windows shortcut key for copying text to the Windows Clipboard).

I typed “John 3:16; 4:3; Phil. 3:14; Acts 2:16” highighted it and Ctrl+C.

Okay, you did this just now and it didn’t work. Did you first go to File-> Preferences, and uncheck the “disable watching the clipboard” checkbox?

Let’s point out a few things about the above image. First of all, notice that it has three verses from different books, and John 3:16 followed by John 4:3. This is a fantastic way to lookup verses quickly in Internet webpages, just highlight, and Ctrl+C, and see the verses. Your option here are to copy the verse to the clipboard, go to the verse in the Bibleview window, or to copy it to a Bible Verse List (See Bible Verse List Feature for a class on the Verse List feature).

Inserting a single verse or passage

Now, depending on how much you have played around with this function (and possibly changed things) you should be able to first select and then copy the reference into the clipboard, (see the above popup), and then if you haven’t changed things, you can press “Control+Shift+V” and TW will remove the Bible reference (first book’s set of references) from the clipboard and replace it with the verses written out.

Note that the format is whatever is set with the Copy Verses option (F5 from within the TW program), so TW gives you a lot of flexibility to change the format of what you are inserting.

The good thing about this is if you are a pastor or a Sunday School teacher, and you are working on a sermon or study, you set TW to watch the clipboard, and you can just type in references into any program you are using, and with selecting, copying (Ctrl+C), and then (Ctrl+Shift+V) you can insert those references into your notes. Note that this works with references all in the same book of the Bible, and it will only insert the references from first book of the Bible in your selection of references.

TIP: How do I stop Windows from switching to my “other application” back to theWord every time I click (copy verse) in the verse popup dialog box?

Keep theWord minimized. (Comment from Costas Stergiou).

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

BibleView Window Options Icons

Topic: How do I show the BibleView Window Options Icons (at left)
By David Cox

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

Help Tutorial by Paul Chapman

Paul gives us an overview of how to use the left-hand icons in the Bible View window.  He explains several of the icons and what each one does.