Accordance Blog
May 11, 2012 David Lang

Finding Your Highlights

The other day I showed how you can hide any highlighting you've done to avoid being distracted by it. Today I want to show you how to find any highlighted verses—even when you've chosen to hide the highlighting.

To search for highlights, select Style from the Enter Command submenu of the Search command. Replace the selected question mark inside the Style command with the name of the highlight style you want to find. In my first post in this series, I defined a highlight style to tag verses with the label "Joy," so I'll simply type "joy" to replace the question mark. (Actually, since none of my other highlight styles start with the letter "j", simply typing a "j" would be sufficient. Accordance only needs enough of a style name to distinguish it from all other style names.)

When I hit Return to perform this search, all of my "joy" verses will appear. Even though I had Hide verse highlighting checked in the text display settings, Accordance automatically unchecks that setting for the purpose of displaying the results of a Style search.


You can even use other commands and search criteria in combination with the Style command. For example, let's say I want to search all my "Joy" verses for the phrase "in the Lord." I'll simply add an AND command (by choosing it from the Enter Command submenu of the Search menu or using the keyboard shortcut shift-command-A) followed by the phrase "in the Lord" (the quotes are unnecessary). Here is the result:


As you can see, using your highlight styles as the basis for a search can make it easy to search only your "tagged" verses.


May 9, 2012 David Lang

Hiding Your Highlights

Have you ever highlighted extensively in a print Bible, then tried to re-read a passage you previously highlighted? I always found that once I had highlighted a passage, it became hard to see anything new in that passage. It was as though the highlighting permanently defined how I read that passage, and I began to find it distracting.

If you highlight a print Bible and later find the highlights distracting, your only option is to buy another Bible. But if you highlight in Accordance, you always have the choice of whether to show or hide the highlighting.

Last week, I showed how you can use Accordance's Highlighting feature to set up a system for "tagging" verses with specific categories, topics, etc. In my second post in the series, I showed how to apply highlight styles to entire verses or selected words in a translation. Highlight just a few verses in this way, and you'll soon wind up with passages that look something like this:


Again, all that highlighting is great when you want it, but it's a distraction when you don't. To hide it, simply choose Set Text Pane Display from the Display menu (or use the keyboard shortcut Command-T).


In the dialog that opens, simply check Hide verse highlighting. If you've done any Word Highlighting, you can check Hide word highlighting as well. When you click OK to close the dialog, the highlighting will no longer appear.

Of course, the highlighting is still there; it's just hidden. You can show it again by using Command-T and unchecking the Hide highlighting checkboxes. You can even search for your highlights while they're hidden—something I'll show you how to do in my next post.