Common Q and A

All those codes!

Q: How can I avoid entering all those installation codes all over again?

A: First, from time to time make a backup copy of your Accordance Preferences folder (in OS X this is in user/Library/Preferences). Then if your settings become corrupted, you won't need to re-enter the codes.

If you buy a new Mac, you can copy your entire Accordance folder from the old Mac to the new one to save having to reinstall everything. Also copy user/Library/Preferences/Accordance Preferences and user/Documents/Accordance Files to the same locations. Then just run the latest installer (minimum install) to make sure that you have all the correct program and system files.

Searching a set of tools

Q: How can I find all references to a topic or verse in a number of tools (such as the Journals or Church Fathers)?

A: Create a Tool set (and/or a Search All Group) with the tools. Then you can amplify to it from a word or phrase to find that topic in all these tools, or click in a verse reference in a Bible text and amplify to the Tool set to find all references including that verse. In any case you must remember that Accordance searches the relevant fields in order, so if it finds titles containing your search word, it does not search the contents, but if it finds no titles it searches the contents and gets more but less important hits.

Exporting Greek and Hebrew to Windows

Q: How can I convert your fonts to a Windows font?

A: Go to Preferences > Greek and Hebrew and set the export to Unicode. The exported text is now independent of fonts and conpatible with all newer software on Mac OS X and Windows 2000 and above. See the Unicode page. You can also set the conversion to Linguist's Software's fonts, or SBL fonts such as SPIonic and SPTiberian (available free at, or to TekniaGreek. All these fonts are available in compatible Windows versions.

Cleaning up menus and removing modules

Q: I have removed from my hard drive some modules that I no longer use. Now, everytime I amplify to "Search All", Accordance asks me to locate these modules, which gets a little tiring. How can I remove these modules from my list?

A: Just use the Library in the Window menu (in 7 Arrange Modules in the Edit menu), and you can remove any modules you no longer need, plus rearrange the menus.

Range menu dividers

Q: Can I add dividing lines to help organize my Range pop-up menu?

A: Yes, just create a new range with a hyphen as the name, and any definition. It will appear as a solid line on the Range pop-up menu.

Searching related modules

Q: How can I search related modules (such as RSV and RSVA, LXX1 and LXX2) at the same time?

A: You can define a group of modules for the Search All feature, and search them all at once. Thus you can define a group containing the RSV and RSVA and call it RSV complete. You can also create sets of related tools and open them from the New Window palette or amplify to them.

Printing titles

Q: Can I print only the titles I have set up for a user tool?

A: Set the Show pop-up menu to Paragraphs and the Field pop-up menu to titles, and search for *, and you will display all the titles in the main pane. Then you can print them.

Comparing Keyed texts

Q: I was just comparing the KJV with the NIV for 2Kings 2:1-3, and I discovered, as I moved the cursor over the words (to reveal the "instant" translation window), that not only were some of the Hebrew words in one translation not displayed in the other, (such as the word for "head" in 2Kings 2:3 KJV), but also, some of the words that were included in both translations were different Hebrew words between the two translations (such as the word for "whirlwind" in 2Kings 2:1). I'm not referring to the fact that the Strong's Hebrew NUMBER is different from the NIV Hebrew NUMBER. I'm aware of those differences. I'm referring to the fact that the actual Hebrew WORDS are different.

A: These verses illustrate a number of issues with the numbers:

All the translators use basically the same Hebrew text. Strong did his work a long time ago, and there are errors, but the KJVS is faithful to his original work. The NAS95S is both a more accurate (usually) and literal translation, and the work of adding the numbers is newer so more accurate. The NIV is a looser translation, but if you open the NIV Concordance it does give you help in seeing how the different words were translated. See the read me document on this concordance for a detailed explanation.

For example, Strong is wrong to assign "went" in v1 to "yalak", NAS and NIV are correct -- "halak". "Whirlwind" is the same word, just a different transliteration scheme for the "samekh" character. "Rosh" is correct for "head" in v3. It is present in Hebrew and correctly translated in the KJV, but the expression is loosely rendered in the NAS and NIV, so the Hebrew word doesn't show up. However, the NIV Concordance does show it as present but not translated!

I think you can see that by comparing all these resources, you can work out what is actually happening. For example, from the Concordance you can select the left column Hebrew word and amplify to one of the dictionaries to look it up directly.

Hiding paragraphs

Q: All of the texts I have except KJV, KJVS, and ASV display paragraph marks which I find distracting. Is there any way to turn off this 'feature'?

A: If you display the text in "continuous" rather than separate display, you will hide the paragraph markers. (Set Text Pane Display)

Repeated words in a verse

Q: How can I find verses with two or more occurrences of the same word? If I use the <AND> command I get all the single occurrences, many of them counted twice!

A: You can use the <FOLLOWED BY> command. For example, there are 40 verses and 43 occurrences of Nathan in the Bible. A search for "Nathan <FOLLOWED BY> Nathan" finds the three verses where the name occurs twice, giving a total of six hits.

An even better way is to use the Construct window, putting the same word in two or more columns with a WITHIN between the first and last to permit intervening words. This allows you to search, in the specified field, for as many repeated occurrences of the word as you want.

Speech Manager

Q: How can I find the Speech Manager for my older Mac?

A: The Speech Manager is an extension which should be present in the Extensions folder which is in the System folder. If it is not installed on your Macintosh, you may find it in a folder called Apple Extras, either on your hard drive, or on the system disks (CD-ROM or floppies?) which you received with the Mac. If you cannot find it, your Apple dealer should be able to supply it (it comes with several other necessary files). Note that the speech manager requires System 7.0 or higher.


Q: How can I get a breakdown of the words found in the Analysis window?

A: With the Analysis window in front, select Set Analysis display... from the Display menu or press Command-T, and you will be able to set up a detailed analysis. Each column represents a word in the phrase or construct. You can change the display of most windows in the same way.

Verse discrepancies

Q: Why does 2 Cor 13:13 not show up in the NIV? I can see why, in a search pane with the GNT-T displayed, 2 Cor 13:13 would not show up in the corresponding English text(s). But I am also getting this result not in the search pane, but in the verse reference pane. Also, this is happening even when the GNT-T is not displayed at all. In other words, with only an English text pane open, in the verse reference mode, I cannot find any way to get 2 Cor 13:13 on the screen. It simply will not display at all. This is true for all English versions I have checked except NRSV, which of course is different because it follows UBS4/NA27 versification. Can you suggest any way to get 2 Cor 13:13 to display in the English text, even with the GNT-T closed?

A: 2 Cor 13:13 is missing in the GNT-T text. Your problem is that when you display in Verse Reference mode, you must set the search text from GNT-T to NIV and click OK to get the verse. When you change the search text, the text pane displays the new version, but until you update by clicking OK, it still shows the old verses. When text is displayed in the Reference List window, you must have the NIV in the pop-up menu at the upper-right corner which shows the Reference List order.

Rotated text in a map User Layer

Q: How can I rotate the labels that I add to a User Layer?

A: Create a text object in a drawing program, with or without a colored background and box, rotate it and then copy and paste it into the User Layer.