Feb 9, 2009 David Lang

Creative Window Management

In the course of a Bible study, it's easy to open a lot of different resources. By default, Accordance keeps all of these resources neatly displayed as tabs within the same Workspace, but Accordance also offers a ridiculous amount of options for how to arrange, manage, and reuse windows and tabs. In this series of posts, I want to highlight those features.

Break Out of that Workspace! The advantage of the tabbed workspace is that everything is kept neatly in one place. The disadvantage is that each tab covers all the other tabs. So, for example, if you triple-click a word in the Greek New Testament, that word will be looked up in BDAG (or whatever your default lexicon is), but now BDAG appears on top of your Greek New Testament. What if you want BDAG to appear side by side with the New Testament text?

You can break any tab out of a Workspace by selecting Detach Tab from the Window menu (or using the keyboard shortcut command-option-T). The contents of that tab will now appear in a separate window outside the Workspace.

Tile Multiple Windows: Longtime Mac users will be familiar with this trick, but those who cut their teeth on OS X and Exposé may not. When you have multiple windows open, you can use the Tile command (or the keyboard shortcut command-I) to arrange all of the windows automatically. It is called "tiling" because the windows resemble tiles laid alongside each other. Once you've broken BDAG out of the Workspace, use the Tile command to arrange it beside your main Workspace.


Reuse The Separate Window: In the top right corner of the window containing BDAG, you'll see a pair of green arrows indicating that this window will be recycled. This means that the next time you look something up in BDAG, it will appear in this same window, rather than in a second BDAG window or tab. Because of this, you can happily triple-click a series of words in the Greek New Testament to look each one up in BDAG, and because you have the windows arranged side by side, you can immediately see the article in BDAG without losing sight of the Biblical text.

Note: If you try this, and Accordance opens BDAG in a new tab of the Workspace rather than recycling the separate window, it's because you have a particular preference selected. In the General settings of the Preferences, you'll find a checkbox labeled "Confine amplify to the same workspace." If this is checked, then Accordance will only recycle tabs within the same workspace as the text you triple-click or select. If no such tab exists, it will create one. This option is for power-users who may want to have multiple workspaces devoted to different studies. With this option, they can triple-click in one workspace without using any recyclable tabs within the other workspace. I'll talk more about this in a future post, but for now, uncheck this option.

Don't Recycle: Let's say you look up a key word in BDAG and you want to keep that article handy. Yet you still want to be able to triple-click other words and look them up in BDAG. You can turn the recycling of BDAG off by clicking on the green recycle symbol. If you do that, the next time you triple-click a Greek word, Accordance will open a new tab containing BDAG.

I'll show you more window management tricks in an upcoming post.

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