Apr 12, 2013 David Lang

Powerful Preferences: Workspace Settings

This is the fourth in a series of posts on Accordance preferences. We've already covered the General and Appearance settings. Today, we'll look at the Workspace settings.


The first three options all have to do with the look and behavior of workspace zones. The active zone in a workspace is highlighted with a certain color. You can change this color by choosing a new one from the pop-up menu labeled Active Zone Color.

The next option lets you specify the maximum number of zones that can be opened in any given workspace. If you have a small screen, you may find that the third, fourth, or fifth zone that opens is too just too small to be useful. If you set the Default Maximum Zones pop-up to two, then Accordance can open no more than two zones in that workspace. If you open a resource that requires a third zone, Accordance will display that new zone in a separate workspace.

Now, even if you choose to set a maximum number of zones, that only prevents Accordance from opening more than that number of zones in a workspace. You are still free to drag a tab into a separate zone in order to create more zones than your default maximum.

Another option for small screens (or even those with large screens who like to save a little space) is Hide tab area if only a single tab. When you check this option, Accordance will show only a small title area for zones that only contain a single tab. As soon as a second tab is opened in that zone, the zone title area will increase in height to accommodate the two tabs.


Workspace with "Hide tab area" option unchecked


Workspace with "Hide tab area" option checked

The next three options have to do with how the Library and Instant Details panels operate. First, you can choose to have the Library always open as a popover rather than as a panel. Whenever you have a workspace that is too narrow or has too many zones to allow room for the Library to open as a panel, Accordance will automatically open the Library as a panel. If you want the Library to appear that way no matter how much room there is, simply check this option. Whatever your preference, you can always override it by holding down the shift key when you click the Library icon in the toolbar. In other words, if your default is to have the Library display as a panel, you can always force it to display as a popover by holding the shift key. If your default is to have it display as a popover, you can likewise force it to display as a panel.


Workspace with Library displayed as a panel


Workspace with Library displayed as a popover

If you would like the Library to be open whenever you create a new workspace, leave the previous option unchecked and check Add Library to new workspaces. If you would like the Instant Details to be displayed whenever you create a new workspace, check Add Instant Details to new workspaces.

The final option is to Limit window size of new workspaces. With this option checked, Accordance will open new workspaces at a specific size rather than having them fill the screen. If you have a really large monitor and you want Accordance to remain in one portion of the screen, you might want to consider this option.

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Archived Comments

Tom G.

April 12, 2013 11:24 PM

Dear David:

I'm a new Accordance user, having switched over from Logos, who is throughly pleased with Accordance's design (its focus on the Holy Bible), speed (very fast in opening my modules), and capablities. Thanks for your blog which offers some insightful tips in utilizing Accordance more effectively.

Anyway, I'm really writing to make a requests for the following e-books that I find, disappointingly, to be missing from Accordance's offerings. I don't know where to pose the request or to who, so here is what I really would LIKE TO HAVE OFFERED:

Hebrew Studies:

  • Botterweck's “Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (FULL 15 Vols.);

  • Girdlestone's “Girdlestone Synonyms of the Old Testament”;

  • Holladay's “Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament”;

  • Merwe's “Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar”;

  • Rosenthal's “A Grammar of Biblical Aramaic”;

  • Singer's The Jewish Encyclopedia (12 vols.).

Greek Studies:

  • Balz's “Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament (3 vols.)”;

  • Cremer's “Biblio-Theological Lexicon of the New Testament”;

  • Lampe's “A Patristic Greek Lexicon”;

  • Moulton/Howard/Turner's “A Grammar of the New Testament (5 vols.);

  • Muraoka's “A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint”;

  • Thackeray's “A Grammar of the Old Testament in Greek”;

  • Zodhiates' “The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament”.

P.S. I don't understand: how come Accordance has been around since 1989 but Logos since 1992 and yet Logos offers many more modules (e-books) than Accordance? For instance: they offer all my requests (except for Botterweck, Lampe, and Muraoka) albeit Logos 5 is much SLOWERRRRRRRR than Accordance.

Sincerely, Tom.


April 13, 2013 6:11 AM

Dear David,

thank you for all your helpful posts in this series so far. However, this time I wonder whether I missed some initial setup, since the option for "Workspaces" does not show up in my Accordance settings at all:




David Lang

April 13, 2013 10:10 AM

Daniel, the preferences have been reorganized recently, and the Workspace settings now contain options which were previously found elsewhere, along with a few new options. If you are using Accordance 10 and you update to the latest version (10.1.5), you'll see the Workspace settings. If you're on an older version of Accordance, you'll likely find some of these options under General or Appearance.

David Lang

April 13, 2013 11:11 AM

Tom, the best place to make these kinds of requests is on our forums. That way, other users can chime in and give us a sense of how much demand there is for these resources.

As for the history of Accordance, Accordance was first released in 1994, not 1989. OakTree Software released The Perfect Word in 1989, which eventually was purchased by Zondervan and rebranded as MacBible, so we essentially started over with Accordance.

When it comes to why some resources are available and others not, each developer sets priorities differently, has varying degrees of success establishing relationships with specific publishers, is willing to accept terms the others may not be willing to accept, etc. While Accordance may lack resources other developers offer, we also offer many resources those developers lack, and we're adding more all the time.

Hope this helps.

Mark Nigro

April 14, 2013 1:48 AM

For as long as I have been using Accordance, I still get impressed with its customization options and lattitude of flexibility offered to the user!