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Mar 11, 2011 David Lang

Eyes Tired?

In this series of posts, I'm offering some simple tips to make your Bible study easier. Here's one you'll find helpful at the end of the day:

Option-click to resize all panes in a window.

It's the end of a long day, and your eyes are getting tired. You have a window with five panes open and you want to bump the text size up for easier reading. You know you can increase the text size of each pane by clicking the large "A" above it, but how can you increase the text in all panes at one time? Simply option-click the large "A" above any one pane, and all the other panes will increase as well. Even if you use different text sizes in each pane, they will all increase proportionally when you option-click the text size buttons. It's a simple way to ease your tired eyes.


 

Mar 4, 2011 David Lang

Command-D to Duplicate

Here's another quick Accordance tip that can save you a lot of time:

Need to Modify an existing search? Duplicate your search window.

Let's say you're doing your sermon prep and you have your workspace all set up the way you need it, when you get an emergency call from a member of your congregation seeking counsel. You want to look up a passage you think he'll find encouraging, but you don't want to lose your existing sermon prep setup. Simply use command-D to duplicate your search window and then look up the passage in the new window that appears. When you're finished you can close this second window and get right back to your sermon prep.

Here's another example of how duplicating a window can be useful. Let's say you've done a search in the GNT and want to repeat that search in the LXX. Simply use command-D and change the search text in the new window from GNT to LXX. It's true that you can often accomplish the same thing by amplifying, but sometimes it's quicker just to duplicate a window and change the search parameters.

There are lots of times you'll find duplicating a resource to be useful, and you can simply use command-D (a Mac-standard keyboard shortcut) to accomplish it.


 

Mar 3, 2011 David Lang

Can't Go To? Use the Context Slider

Accordance power users know there are lots of little tricks, shortcuts, and niceties which make studying the Bible quick and effective. In this series of posts, I'm offering some simple tips which can save you time and effort. Here's another one:

Can't Go To? Use the Context Slider.

In yesterday's post, I showed how you can hit Tab twice to select the contents of the Go To box so you can enter a verse reference (in a Text) or article (in a Tool) to navigate there quickly. As I explained yesterday, the Go To box is a navigational tool. When you enter a verse or article there, you are not searching for that verse or word, you are simply jumping there. If you've done a search which only shows some of the verses in a Text or some of the articles in a Tool, the Go To box can only take you to the verses or articles which are currently displayed.

For example, let's say you do a search in the HCSB for "faith." The first verse which contains the word "faith" is Deuteronomy 32:51. The next verse displayed is 1 Samuel 23:16. If you then hit Tab twice to select the contents of the Go To box and enter "Joshua," Accordance will take you to 1 Samuel 23:16, because it the closest verse which is currently displayed. Since the book of Joshua is not currently displayed in the window, how can you get there?

The easiest way to make sure that Joshua gets displayed in your window is to drag the context slider on the Search window all the way to the right (the setting for all context). You can also just click on the right edge of the context slider to set the window to show all context. With the context slider set to All, the verses containing the word "faith" will then be displayed in the context of the entire Bible. And with the entire Bible displayed, you can now hit tab twice then enter any verse in the Go To box to jump there.


 

Mar 2, 2011 David Lang

Hit Tab Twice to Go To

In this series of posts, I'm offering some simple tips which will help streamline your Bible study. Here's another one:

Hit Tab twice to Go To.

In the past two posts, I've discussed how hitting the Tab key automatically selects the contents of the argument entry box. Using this shortcut lets you immediately type a new search argument or open a Construct window and have it automatically linked to your Search window.

Hitting the Tab key twice selects the contents of the Go To box at the bottom of the window, enabling you to type a verse reference (in a Search window) or article title (in a Tool window) to jump to the verse or article you entered.

Remember that the Go To box is a navigational tool. When you enter a verse or article there, you are not searching for that verse or word, you are simply jumping there. If you've done a search which only shows some of the verses in a Text or articles in a Tool, the Go To box can only take you to the verses or articles which are currently displayed. I'll explain that further, and show you how to get around it, in tomorrow's post.


 

Mar 1, 2011 David Lang

Hit Tab Before Opening a Construct

Here's another simple tip which can save you a great deal of time in your study:

Hit Tab before opening a new Construct window.

The Construct window lets you define complex searches using an easy-to-understand graphical interface, but in order to work, it must be linked with a search window via the LINK Command. If a Search window is active when you open a new Construct window, Accordance will automatically insert that LINK command for you... if, and only if, all the text in the argument entry box is selected.

If you have a search argument in the argument entry box and it is not completely selected, Accordance is not sure you want that search to be replaced with the LINK command, so it will not insert it. But if the previous search argument is selected, Accordance assumes you want to replace it and will insert the LINK command accordingly.

By now, I'm sure you can see where this is going. Since hitting the tab key automatically selects the contents of the front window's search entry box, you can ensure that the LINK command gets inserted automatically by pressing Tab before you open a new Construct window.

Combine the Tab key with the key combinations for opening a new Construct window, and you can create a construct search very quickly. When I want to create a Greek construct search, for example, it is now second nature to me to hit Tab then command-2. Doing so means I can begin defining my search immediately, without having to remember to link the Construct window to a Search window.


 

Feb 28, 2011 David Lang

Hit Tab Then Type

Accordance power users know that there are lots of little tricks, shortcuts, and niceties which make studying the Bible quick and effective. In this series of posts, I'll offer some simple tips which can save you a great deal of time in your study. Here's the first:

Hit Tab Then Type.

Pressing the tab key in Accordance automatically selects the contents of the front window's search entry box. So rather than going up to the top of the window, dragging with the mouse to select the current search argument, hitting the delete key to get rid of it, and then typing a new search, all you need to do is press the tab key and type. Your old search will be replaced immediately, so that all you have to do is hit Return.