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Thursday, June 26, 2008  

Library Window Tips

By now many of you have played around with the new Library window in Accordance 8. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of it.

As you already know, you can find any module simply by entering the first few letters of its name. If there is more than one module matching what you typed you can jump to the next match by clicking the arrows which appear to the right of the Find box, or by using the keyboard shortcut command-G.

Once you've found the module you want, you need only hit Return on your keyboard to open it. So, for example, if I wanted to open Keil & Delitzsch I need only type "ke" + Return.

The Library Find feature also takes into account any folders you have set up to organize your modules. For example, I have a folder named "Classic Commentaries" in my Reference Tools. Simply typing "cl" is enough to bring it up. To open one of the commentaries in this folder, I can hit the tab key to select the folder, then use the down-arrow key until I get to the module I want, and hit Return to open it. (Or, of course, I could simply double-click it with the mouse.)

If I want to open more than one module at once, I can command-click or shift-click to select them and hit Return.

The options to add a folder or divider line, to remove an item, or to alphabetize items have all been placed in the gear menu at the bottom of the window. Each of these functions has a keyboard shortcut so that you don't have to dig through that menu if you don't want to.

If I want to close a folder but can't see its disclosure triangle, I need only drag my mouse over to the left edge of the Library window. The cursor will change to a black X, and if I click, the current folder will be closed. There's no need to scroll up to see the actual folder and its disclosure triangle. (This works in the Browser of the Tool window as well.)

To change the size of text in the Library window, go to the Appearance settings of the Preferences and choose a size from the Browser Text font-size pop-up. This will also affect the size of text in the Tool Browser and Search All window.

To collapse all the folders in the Library window, option-click any top-level disclosure triangle which is open. To expand all the folders and subfolders, option-click any top-level disclosure triangle which is closed.

I hope at least some of these tips will be helpful to you.

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