Jan 6, 2010 David Lang

Amplify to Search

What is the one section of the Resource palette which cannot be closed by clicking a disclosure triangle? It's the section at the bottom which includes the Search button. Ever wonder why that is? It's because we want to reinforce the idea that the search button should be an integral part of your workflow.

When you're studying a passage and you run across a word you want to search for, simply select it and click the Search button on the Resource palette. This will open a new tab displaying every occurrence of that word in the current text. This is much more efficient than typing the word into the top part of the window, running the search, and losing the passage you were studying, only to have to go back to that passage when you're done examining that secondary search. By selecting a word and clicking the Search button (a process we call amplifying), you get your search results in a separate tab and can simply click on the previous tab to return to your main passage.

If you're typing secondary searches into your main Bible tab and then struggling to get back to your original passage, discover the beautiful simplicity of amplifying to search.

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Mary Hinkle Shore

January 06, 2010 10:41 AM

Before reading your tip, I knew nothing about this way of searching, David. Thanks a ton! I have been making heavy use of the History button to reload former windows, but it is easier and faster to have two windows instead of one to work with.

I have been experimenting here for a few minutes and have figured out how to set up custom groups to search with the same tool. Great feature.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to go over Accordance keyboard shortcuts and other training/support materials. Until I find the time to do it systematically, having a few tips tweeted to your followers is wonderful. Thanks.

Lorinda Hoover

January 06, 2010 1:24 PM

How have I missed this after using Accordance for 5 years?  I usually amplify to the corresponding texts or tools icons.  I knew about, and ocasionally use, Search Groups, but somehome misssed just clicking on the Search icons automatically searches the text or tool you are amplifying from. 

One more indication of how well thought out Accordance is!  Thanks for the tip.


January 06, 2010 4:42 PM

To be honest, it seems like this is not well covered in the training videos/basic help (at least in the training DVD I have).  I heard people refer to "amplifying" a word but never felt like I had a good grasp.  I was accustomed to software where it was just easier to use a back button to go back since the interface wasn't tabbed.

Jerry T

January 06, 2010 4:47 PM

That is wonderful tip.  When switching to Mac and Accordance one of the most difficult things to do was to unlearn my old methods. I wanted Accordance to do things "MY" way.

I was a bit frustrated with Accordance at first because it required a different method to accomplish simple tasks.

One of the things I could not get over was loosing my primary passage when doing a word search.  I was accustomed to a concordance type window popping up when I did word search and then selecting the verse from list I wanted to see.

However, upon discovering the amplifying method which brings up a new tab I learned how much more powerful Accordance's way is.  Now Accordance's way is MY way.

I did not know however, that you could just click the Search button to amplify a word or phrase.

It just keeps getting better and better.  Thanks for the tip!

David Lang

January 06, 2010 5:01 PM

Sam, I'm sorry we didn't do a better job of communicating what "Amplifying" is in the DVD. I went back and checked the training videos from the DVD and they do define amplifying in the segment titled "Knowing Your Way Around." The reference certainly would be easy to miss however.

If you're ever unclear what is meant by such Accordance "lingo," try typing it into the Search field of the Accordance Help menu. I just tried that with "amplify" and got a page defining it and explaining it in detail.

Hope that helps.