Cross-References

Overview

Cross-references are verse references found inline with the Bible text that point to another passage or verse in the Bible that somehow relates to the active passage.  They are displayed (depending on options) inline with the Bible text in the Bible view:

Cross-references in Bible view (in red rectangles)<br>

Cross-references in Bible view (in red rectangles)

Cross-references in theWord function nearly identically to their printed counterparts that you would find in the center column.  Cross-references can be toggled on and off in several ways:

1.Keyboard shortcut x in the Bible View.
2.Via the Bible View Options quick list (see Bible View Options).
3.Via the Bible View Options dialog.

Tip: You can make cross-references that reference verses or verse ranges.  These ranges support not only ranges within a chapter, but can also span whole chapters as well.

TIP: A default sets of cross-references is installed along with theWord. This is a user set and is called Default Cross-references. You can add or delete cross-references to/from this set, or create more user sets.

TIP: Clicking on a cross-reference will cause the current Bible view to jump to this verse. If you hold down the CTRL key then another Bible view will be used to display the cross reference leaving the current view unaffected.

To read more about how cross-references are displayed in the Bible view, please read the corresponding section at the Bible view options dialog.

Cross-Reference Sets

Cross references are organized in sets. Cross-reference sets are groups of cross-references that are stored together.

There are two types of sets:

1.User sets, which contain cross references that you can edit
2.Bible modules sets, which comprise the cross-references that are found in some Bible modules. Not all Bible modules have cross-references defined within.

You may have any number of user sets.  You may set all, none, or only some of the sets to display together in the Bible View.  Also, you may add a cross-reference to any set that you have.  Managing cross-reference sets is done in the Organizing Cross-References dialog (see below).

Adding a Cross-Reference

Adding a cross-reference is very simple:

Right-click the verse to which you want to add the cross-reference.

In the menu, select Add a cross reference on [verse reference]...

Add Cross-Reference Menu

Add Cross-Reference Menu

You will see the Add Cross-Reference dialog.

Add Cross-Reference Dialog

Add Cross-Reference Dialog

First, you simply type the verse or range for the cross-reference you want to add.  If you want to define a verse range, separate the two verses by a dash.  theWord will attempt to guess the reference you are referring to.  If you like, you may manually select the book, chapter, and verse using the down arrow to the right of the input box.

Next, in the Cross-reference set select box, you should choose which cross-reference set that you want to add this particular reference to.

The button to the right of the Cross-reference set select box will display the Cross-References Statistics dialog.  This dialog displays all the cross-references in the selected set.  This dialog gives you the ability to see all the references in one place.  From this dialog, you can display tool tips of the actual reference texts, delete cross-references, and see relevant statistics for that cross-reference set.  See below for a screenshot of this dialog.

Finally, the Organize button displays the Organize Cross-References dialog, which is explained below.

Cross-Reference Statistics Dialog

Cross-Reference Statistics Dialog

Deleting a Cross-Reference

Deleting a cross-reference is similar to adding one.  When a cross-reference is displayed in the Bible View, right-click on the reference, and select Delete cross-reference [verse reference]...

A dialog will appear: the Delete Cross-Reference dialog.

Delete Cross-Reference Dialog

Delete Cross-Reference Dialog

From this dialog, you must select the set from which you want to delete the reference.  If this cross-reference appears in more than one set, check the box(es) of the set(s) from which you want to delete the reference that you right-clicked.

TIP: You can only delete cross references from user sets but not from Bible modules sets (e.g. cross-references that are embedded in a Bible module)

Organize Cross-References Dialog

This dialog is used to modify or create new cross-reference user sets.  It can be accessed in two ways:

1.Via the Organize button in the Add Cross-References dialog.
2.Via the main menu: Tools -> Organize cross-references...
Organize Cross-References Dialog

Organize Cross-References Dialog

The pane at left give the cross-reference sets that are available.  The buttons at the right allow you to perform various actions on the selected set.

New will create a new set.  See New Cross-Reference Set dialog below.

Rename will rename the selected set.

Copy from allows you to copy the cross-references in one set into another set.  To do this, select the set(s) to which you want to add the cross-references, then select Copy from and select the set from which you want to copy.  Once finished, the references should appear in the target set.

Clear will delete all the cross-references within that set, but will not delete the set itself.

Delete will delete the set and all the references therein.

Explore will open the Cross-Reference Statistics dialog (see above) for that set.

The Manage files... button allows you to manage the various files that store the cross-references.  See below for more information.

New Cross-Reference Set Dialog

This dialog allows you to select options when creating a new cross-reference set.

New Cross-Reference Set Dialog

New Cross-Reference Set Dialog

First, you should type the name that you want for the new set.

Next, you may select to make a new empty set with no references, or copy the references from an existing cross-reference set.

Third, you may choose to store this new set as a part of an existing cross-references set file, or create a new file.

Managing Cross-Reference Set Files

theWord stores cross-reference sets in files called [filename].xrefs.twm.  These files can each contain more than one set.  These files must be stored in a folder recognized by theWord to be read and be available in theWord.

Manage Cross-Reference Set Files Dialog

Manage Cross-Reference Set Files Dialog

In this dialog, you can see (as in other places) the paths to your cross-reference set files.  From this dialog you may add a new cross-reference set file or stop using an existing file.  Double clicking a file in the left pane will display the path to the file.

TIP: You can share sets of cross-references with others by just sharing the file that they are stored in.

Additional Options for Cross-References

Additional options can be found in the Bible View Options dialog.  See this section's help for more information.

 

 
 
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