Jan 1, 2013 David Lang

TIP: See Where You Are In A Tool

When searching an Accordance Tool module, you may get results which are buried deep within a long article. When that happens, how can you see the wider context of where you are in the tool?

For example, let's say I search the Titles field of the Holman Bible Dictionary for the word "judges." Here's the first result I get:


This is obviously a subarticle within a much larger article, but how can I find out which one? I could obviously scroll back until I got to the beginning of the article, but if it's a very long article, that's not particularly practical.

So here's the trick: if you hold the option key down while clicking the Table of Contents icon, the Contents browser will open and automatically drill down through all the higher levels of the current article, enabling me to see immediately that this is a subarticle of "Israel, Land of."


If I decide that's not what I'm looking for and I click the down Mark arrow to examine other occurrences of the word "judges," I'll eventually come to an article under the alphabetical heading "K."


The option-click trick works here as well. I need only option-click the disclosure triangle next to the letter K to have Accordance drill down and show that the current subarticle belongs to the article "King, Kingship."


Using this trick enables you to see from the surrounding context whether a search result is what you're looking for, which is a lot faster than reading each article or scrolling back to its beginning.

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Archived Comments

Bryan Catherman

January 01, 2013 5:38 PM

This is such a great tool that it should be the default!  When I click the contents when I'm anywhere in the tool, it should open drilled down.  Then for those who don't want that, the option click could be not drilled down.  Because it seems (and maybe I'm wrong) most people would prefer to see the drilled down view when working in the tool?

David Lang

January 01, 2013 5:47 PM

There have been many times I've considered pushing for it to be the default, but I always find myself wondering if that would be counterintuitive or frustrating to users who use the Contents browser primarily as a navigation tool. Would they wonder why the Contents would never open to the beginning?

We can certainly consider such a change if enough of you request it.


January 01, 2013 6:05 PM
It would make sense to me as we'll for the table of contents to open focused on where I am in the article. That's how I often use the TOC. if I'm using it to browse the tool, I'm often starting at the top, which would naturally open the TOC at the beginning. Thanks for the tip.

John Fidel

January 01, 2013 7:48 PM

I have to agree with Bryan on this one. Make it the default.

Bret Hicks

January 02, 2013 10:21 AM

I would agree - this should be the default.  If I am using it as a true browser, I can always just scroll to the top.  But when I am in an article, I think the overwhelming majority of the time I would want to see where I am in the tool.

Thanks for the tips.  It helps us use this awesome - but at times almost overwhleming - tool.

In Christ,




January 02, 2013 3:23 PM

I vote for default.


January 02, 2013 8:57 PM
Default makes good sense. Perhaps it can be added as an option in Preferences.


January 03, 2013 11:56 AM

yeah, make it a preferences option...  what i'd like to see is page references to the print edition in the instant details...  but that's just me...

Robert Nowell

January 04, 2013 7:44 PM

It seems to me making it the default would be good, but I like the suggestions of JT and Kevin where it can be set in preferences to work as the user prefers. Great tip!


January 10, 2013 1:41 PM

I'm with Kevin....I'd love having the page number in the instant details box...that would make research papers much easier!  Thx.

Ray Robinson

April 16, 2013 7:08 PM

Another vote to make the drill down the default.