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Monday, March 27, 2006  

Some Recommended Settings

In most of the recent training seminars, I took a few minutes to recommend a few custom preference settings that I think every user should make. Here they are for the rest of you (and for the attendees of the seminar where I forgot to do this!).

Go ahead and open up your Preferences dialog box by selecting Preferences... from the Accordance menu (in OS X) or the Edit menu (in the Classic Mac OS). In the top left corner of this dialog box there is a list of different preference panels. Make sure the General settings are selected there.

At the top of this preference panel you'll see a checkbox labeled Open initial window as workspace with tabs. With this option checked, the initial window that opens when you first launch Accordance will appear as a tab within a workspace window. Like this:

Any windows you open while a Workspace window is active will appear as additional tabs within the Worskpace, rather than as separate windows. This makes it much easier to manage all your windows. (I'll talk about the Workspace in more detail in a future post.)

The next checkbox I'd recommend you check is Suppress opening splash screen. When you first launch Accordance, you see that splash screen with the program's version and copyright information, along with that lovely photo of the clay oil lamp. This is nice and all, but once you've seen it, you've seen it. So turn it off, and you'll immediately save a second or two on the time it takes Accordance to launch.

Next check Suppress opening text information. Whenever you open a new Bible text or tool in Accordance, a window will appear displaying the copyright information for that text. This only happens once per session, so if you open, say, Anchor Bible Dictionary multiple times, the copyright info will only appear once. Nevertheless, if you open lots of different resources in Accordance, these text info windows can get really annoying. So turn them off. If you want to see the copyright info for a module, you can always get it by going to About the Text... in the Accordance menu. Why get smacked in the face with that information unless you specifically need it?

Finally, I'd recommend you check Suppress save warning for all windows. The way I use Accordance, my Accordance windows are always changing. I'm constantly doing new searches; consulting commentaries, dictionaries, and other reference works; then closing them and moving on to something else. In the rare instance where I want to save the results of a search, I'll consciously choose the Save... command. In the course of my study, I don't want to get a save warning every time I open and close a window. I suspect many of you use Accordance the same way, so suppress the save warnings if you don't want to be bothered with the interruption. All we ask is that you don't blame us if you accidentally close something you wanted to keep! ;-)

That's probably enough for now. There are a few more recommended settings which I'll go over in a future post. In the meantime, I hope this is helpful to some of you.

Hi David--

You say that tabs "[make] it much easier to manage all your windows"... which is true, as long as your most common tasks don't involve glancing back and forth between two windows.

I can count on one hand the number of times I've used tabs in Accordance--I just don't like having one window hidden every time I "glance" at a different window.

Of course, knowing that that option is there is something I'd recommend for every user.... ; )

Thanks, as always, for all of the helpful information you so generously provide!

: )
(another) David

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