In my last post, I encouraged you to use the Duplicate command to duplicate a tab that is already set up the way you want rather than creating a new tab and then going to the trouble of setting it up yourself. This is precisely what I did when preparing for a Sunday School class in which I wanted to display multiple passages in separate tabs. Today's tip is just as simple, but just as effective in streamlining your workflow: take the time to give your tabs names that will make it easy to tell which tab is which.
After duplicating several tabs, I had a workspace that looked like this:
As you can see, HCSBS, HCSBS2, HCSBS3, and HCSBS4 are not the most descriptive names. If I kept these names, I would be hard-pressed to remember which passage was displayed in each tab. So I renamed the tabs by clicking the drop-down arrow to the right of the name of the active tab and choosing Rename Tab….
In the dialog that appeared, I then replaced the default name with the words "Rachel Dies".
This title was concise enough to be read even when the tabs were relatively narrow, but descriptive enough so that I could go right to that passage when I needed it. When I clicked OK, the new name appeared on the tab.
By repeating this for each of the other tabs, I had a workspace in which each passage I wanted to use was clearly identified.
In last week's series of posts on Rachel Weeping at Ramah, I shared a few tips and tricks for using the Accordance Bible Atlas. There are, however, a few more general tips I used that may be helpful to mention now. The first is simply that it is sometimes convenient to duplicate an existing tab rather than creating a new one.
In my case, I began with a tab displaying Matthew 2, and because I planned to display the text using a projector, I increased the font size to a very large size. I then wanted to have a separate tab for Genesis 35:16-20. If I created a new tab using the keyboard shortcut command-N, I would then have had to increase the font size of that tab in addition to navigating to the desired passage. Instead, I duplicated the first tab using the keyboard shortcut command-D. This created a new tab with the same font size. Had I customized that tab further with parallel panes or other style changes, those also would have been carried over into the duplicated tab. So all I needed to do was change the passage in that tab.
By duplicating existing tabs for each passage I wanted to show, I was able to put together a presentation with a consistent look very quickly. If you haven't discovered the convenience of the Duplicate command, be sure to give the keyboard shortcut command-D a try.
How often do you hold down the option key when using Accordance? If your answer is seldom to never, you're missing out on a lot of Accordance's power and convenience. In this new series of posts, I'll be sharing a series of option key secrets. Learn a few of these, and you'll be well on your way to being an Accordance power user.
In last Thursday's post, I showed how Accordance lets you pair any study Bible with any translation you wish. I even showed this screenshot of a search window with four parallel translations and three sets of study Bible notes.
Sometimes in the course of using Accordance, you'll open a number of resources in parallel panes like this. When you no longer need those extra panes, you can close each one by clicking its close icon, but in a case like this one, getting back to a single pane view would require six separate mouse-clicks. Surely there must be an easier way, right?
Enter the option key. If you option-click the close icon of the pane you want to keep, all the other panes will be closed in one easy step.
This trick works for tabs and zones as well. If you have a bunch of tabs in a zone and you want to get rid of all but one, option-click the close icon of the tab you want to keep. If you have a bunch of zones in a workspace and you want to get rid of all but one, option-click the close icon of the zone you want to keep.
By the way, you can use this same trick in Safari whenever you have multiple browser tabs open.