Help: User Notes

ios-note-viewUser Notes are comments you add to specific verses in the Bible.

ios-lib-notesYou can take notes on your mobile device and on your Mac, and sync them so that both devices have the same notes.

The Sample Notes file is included with the app as a demonstration. It covers only the first 3 chapters of Genesis and Matthew.

My Mobile Notes is a blank Notes file created for the app.


A red dot beside a verse indicates that there is a note on that verse. A red triangle indicates more than one note.ios-notespara

Tap the Add pane button to view your notes in parallel with the Bible text. Tap User Notes and select the Notes file.

Select a Notes file in the Library view to load it in the full view.

The Notes view lets you flick through your notes. Tap GoTo to reach a GoTo view similar to the Text GoTo. This lets you jump to the note on any verse.

Hypertext links are not currently implemented in User Notes.


ios-note-search-opt In Notes view tap the top bar to open the Search view. As in the Search view for texts, you can enter words, choose to search Contents or References, or select Options.

In Options you can select Show All Text (if left OFF only the notes with search results will display).

The search in the contents of Notes is a simple string search only. It finds the characters you enter whether they represent a whole word or just a part.

Creating and Editingios-verseref-action

You can access the Edit view in two ways:

In the Text view tap and hold a verse reference to reveal an action menu that lets you:

copy the text of the verse,
highlight the text of the verse,
edit a User Note on that verse, or
amplify (search the reference tools for that verse).

Tap User Note and select the desired file and function. Or enter a name in the New User Notes File entry box and tap Done to create a new set of Notes. To cancel leave the name blank.ios-note-edit

In the full Notes view tap the Edit button on the bottom bar to edit the top note.

ios-note-warn A warning appears that formatting of the note (from the Mac version) will be lost if you proceed to edit. Accordance for iOS does not currently support the editing of text styles. If you later sync these notes with your Mac version you will add any new material, but lose the font, size, and style information for all the text of that note, including the blue underline for links. Greek and Hebrew text is preserved.

ios-note-new The text of the selected note appears with the keyboard in an Edit view. The standard keyboard and iOS selection functions are available.

Tap the name of the notes file in the top bar to display the text of the verse you are annotating.

Tap the up and down arrows in the top right to go to the prior or next verse. If a note is present on that verse, you can edit it. If there is no note, the verse reference is shown and you can start a note beneath it or proceed to another note. Empty notes are not saved.

Tap Done to return to the previous Text or Notes view.

Adding and Deleting Notes

To add a note to a specific verse, use one of the two methods described above:

Tap and hold on a verse reference in Bible text


tap the Edit button in the full Notes view.

To delete an entire note simply delete its contents.

To delete a Notes file use the Edit view of the Library.

Syncing User Notes

You set up a sync between the Mac and iOS Accordance apps as described here.

Your notes can be synced in both directions. If they are checked in the list, Accordance automatically applies the changes made to each individual note, whether on the Mac or the mobile device, to the other set of notes. If the same note has been modified in both sets of notes, a dialog box displays both notes and allows you to select the one you want to keep.


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