Creating topics in GBK Book Modules

Objective: How to make and manipulate the Topics of a GBK Book module
Topic: Creating topics in GBK Book Modules

Note: In the terminology of theWord, the “chapters” in a module are called “topics”.

Before beginning of First Topic

Before you make the “guts” of a gbk book module in theWord, you need to get your elementary information in order, i.e. do whatever touch-up editing you need to in a word processing program. If the material is coming from an Adobe Acrobat PDF, then there is a lot to do, and that is another topic.

Basically what I look for before I begin is to have a table of contents with each chapter clearly identified, and have that same chapter title at the beginning of each chapter. However, you do this is up to you, your skills in one program or another. Some or all of this can be done within theWord itself, although it is not really for that kind of text editing. TheWord only does basic formatting and search and replace, and Microsoft Word or Kingsoft Office or OpenOffice are much better at handling macros.

Step 1. Open the topics for viewing

You need to open the topics of the module you want to work on. In a bookview window, this is an open book icon, that will toggle the topics “show/hide”.


Note: If the module is locked so the user cannot edit it, you will need to unlock it. This is done by right clicking on the title in the Book Selector bar, or if it is in a folder on that bar (see the image above, the Warfield module is in the “W” folder), then right click on the folder will do the same. Once the module properties is open, click on the “Settings/Action” tab, and then make sure that the  “User Module” checkbox has a check before it, and “Ok” to close the dialog box.

Step 2. Create a new topic.

Here, you can do this by two ways: 1) You can click on the create new topic icon, or 2) you can simply use press Control+N.

Here is the image of creating a new topic…

create new topic

At this point, note that you can either make a new topic (Ctrl+N), update an existing topic (if one exists) with shift+ctrl+n, or delete the currently highlighted topic with shift+ctrl+D.


At this point, if you click on the topic option or outside of this dialog box click ctrl+n you should see the topic creation dialog (below).

add a topicHere you add the title of the chapter and decide whether you want it before, after, or subjugated as a child topic under the current topic.

Step 3. Moving topics about

It will probably take you an hour or so playing around with this, but you can “grab” (highlight) one of the topics and move it to another place in the topic tree. Let me just mention that there are a lot of module creators out there that simply make a mess at this point. In most people’s TW setup, they have more than just theWord open, and they have theWord with several windows open. This reduces the actual bookview window to a few inches by a few inches. I have seen modules where you don’t see anything important in the module until 20-30 letters into the topic title. For example…

bad topic title example

Here you can see that the 4th topic title is hidden really. You cannot tell much of what it is about. I have used the Roman numerals, and they likewise high or take up space that should be reserved for the important words of the title.

My personal recommendation is that you use Arabic numerals (1., 2., 3., etc) instead, unless there are several levels to the work, and then use Roman capitalized I. II. III. then alphabetic capitals A. B. C., and then arabic numerals 1., 2., 3., otherwise if it is “flat” no sublevels, use just 1., 2., 3., etc.

To move one topic and make it a child topic of another, grab it and drag it and drop it on top of the name of another title and it will be made into a child topic.

TIP: If you play with this some, you will notice that depending on where you dray the topic to, it will place it among subtopics, or at the end of a list of subtopics, you can move it slightly before dropping it, and it will be a brother (same level) of the upper topic, or sibling (same level of as the other child topics). This takes some practice, but if you know what you are looking for, you can train yourself to do it.

Also note that sometimes to get a child up to a parent (root) level, it is just best to drag it to before the first module and drop it. Then grab the other top-level models (with siblings)and then move them to before that first module to get the order right again.

Note that this action is only for books, because Bibles are fixed and you cannot move anything there, commentaries are also fixed just like the Bibles, and the dictionaries are all one single level (no siblings), so you can move them up and down (before and after) by dragging and dropping, but they are simpler than regular books.