Frequently asked questions

Version - May 17, 2015

theWord 5 is a major new release with more than 20 new features and more than 100 fixes.

Most prominent new features are:

- Integrated module downloader: You can browse and install any module you want directly from within theWord without downloading the modules separately from the official site. The module downloader is very friendly to use and also takes care of installing newer versions and updates of modules automatically.
- Improved editor for notes: You may now add/edit tables directly from within the editor. Paragraph and list settings can now be set using appropriate dialogs. New 'Format painter' function added to copy/paste formatting from one block of text to another.
- Viewer/Reader margins can now be set for each Book view to make reading more comfortable
- Popup dialog that displays verse references can now be set to display the verses in more than one translation.
- 'Donate' dialog no longer programmed to automatically appear after 2 months of usage. theWord splash screen now displays the 'Not to be sold' phrase to make clearer that theWord is completely free.
- Improved support for Hybrid modules (Books that can also be linked to verses, thus behaving also like commentaries). They may now appear as 'commentary links' in Bible view
- Template support in 'Copy verses' dialog: One can now save all 'Copy verses' options as a template.
- 'Insert snippet' function in editor: common phrases can now be inserted (like current-date) with a click.
- Reading plan calendars start now with Sunday as first day, instead of Monday (actually the calendar view now takes into account the 'First day of the week' setting in Control's Panel regional settings)

Detailed list of new features:

- [new]: Copy Verses dialog: If the 'Step 4: After each verses' entry ends with a space and the 'Footer' starts with a space, then the spaces of the 'Footer' are trimmed (unless the 'No verse reference (Step 4) for single verses option is checked). See
- [new]: Integrated module installer now installs font files (.ttf, .ttc, .fon). To avoid admin privileges, it copies font files in Cache folder.
- [new]: the index for subjects (topics_wordindex table) is being rebuilt for all book modules on startup: the match of subjects has changed a bit: the change only affects languages that use diacritics (Greeks, Hebrew, etc): when matching a word, a match with diacritics is first attempted and if it fails then a match without diacritics is attempted. In order to avoid rebuilding the topics_wordindex table (for future updates that is), a new config option is now supported in the config table: If this is set to '1', then the topics_wordindex table is never being rebuilt automatically (and the corresponding action from the Module Properties dialog is disallowed). The TDNTa official module is currently the only official module that has a custom topics_wordindex table that should not be rebuilt automatically: special provision has been included for this module to avoid corruption. The book module spec document has also been updated.
- [new]: Preferences->Bible text: user can reorder Bible texts with CTRL+Arrow keys
- [new]: upgraded viewer/editor to newer version (RichView version 14). Several changes/updates due to the new renderer as well as things that need to be tested:
  - better handling of word wrapping
  - better handling of selection for some languages (e.g. Khmer)
  - support for Unicode-only languages for some dialogs (Hindi localization)
  - several improvements in selection      
- [new]: added support for directly pasting html content to editor
- [new]: Added some hidden shortcuts in Book view editor to set left-to-right and right-to-left direction for paragraphs and items (may change in the future):
  - CTRL+SHIFT+P: Right-To-Left paragraph
  - CTRL+SHIFT+O: Left-To-Right paragraph
  - CTRL+SHIFT+K: Right-To-Left text fragment (selected text)
  - CTRL+SHIFT+J: Left-To-Right text fragment (selected text)
- [new]: Bible Search view: reserved words are highlight in Boolean search as one types (nearw and nearv with number arguments are not highlighted)
- [new]: Module Sets:
  - Custom sets: new Filter option for list of custom list (right list)
  - Saved sets now has a drop-down list of previously saved sets that can be used to overwrite a previously saved set
  - A new 'Apply' button now can be used to save a set and continue working without closing the dialog
- [new] Copy Verses dialog: Sets of settings
- [new] Book view: Insert text snippets (right click menu)
- [new]: table edit support in Book view (context menu). One can now add/edit tables directly from within theWord editor.
- [new]: Bible info dialog: added button to open explorer window to Bible file path
- [new]: experimental support for external automation: (non-public API for now)
- [new]: added dialog in Book view to set the page/reader's margins (from the Options menu). Page margins are not stored in the document but are viewer specific.
- [new]: bookview toolbar position is now saved
- [new]: new option for verse reference popups to display the verse in more than one translations. Bible translations can be selected from File->Preferences->Advanced Tab. Option applies globally for all popups. Translations and order can be selected. Option to display only when SHIFT is pressed.
- [new]: book view -> topics selection text box: text is selected on focus
- [new]: Added 'Format Painter' action in Book view formatting toolbar
- [new]: added param (where X is a number: 1, 2, ...): if present, then theWord will always activate this view on startup
- [new]: added option to download file in 'Install Modules' dialog
- [new]: added menu option in tray icon to parse-on-demand the content of the clipboard
- [new]: added new optional global hotkey CTRL+SHIFT+P to parse the clipboard contents on demand. By default the hotkey is not registered. It can be overridden by using the [clipview] -> hotkey.parse property (integer: virtual key code)
- [new]: added local min/max buttons in views as an option: allow to locally maximize/minimize a view in the left/right panes. Removed the option to colorize the border icons: all icons are now in black only

Bug fixes:

- [fix]: New Reading Plan dialog: every time the dialog is displayed, the list with the Bibles (2nd page) is re-populated without being cleared before.
- [fix]: matching module IDs in links used to work even with no extension (e.g. tw://cmt.MY.cmt would match a commentary with the id MY - this broke in 1230 and now it is fixed again). Technically this is not really a bug, but it is a good feature to make the matching better.
- [fix]: When the 'Find' dialog is displayed in Book view, the focus is set on the 'Find' text field.
- [fix]: Bible view->Verse list->When displaying lists of verse lists: changed click event that displays verse list from mouse down to mouse up.    
- [fix]: clicking on links in donate dialog (English language) caused browser to display the page twice
- [fix]: theWord failed to start some times if a module's read-only flag could not be reset
- [fix]: 'locked.bibles.list' file uses relative paths for Bible modules (patch for toGo)
- [fix]: .twzip extension was not included in the filters of the 'Install Modules' dialog (although .twzip were processed with no problem)
- [fix]: cf11 in standard rtf header was mistakenly red instead of dark green
- [fix]: URLs where the target referenced [self] and the query part used non-ascii chars did not work in the Bible view popups (e.g. a dictionary popup in the form tw://[self]t=Ελληνικά)
- [fix]: hybrid modules: syncing a hybrid module that contains a RELREF_ bookmark to an unrelated verse causes the syncing to fail the first time the Bible view changes verse
- [fix]: paths to image background for Book and Bible view are now saved in a relative manner to better support portable installations.
- [fix]: adding a fix for a wine bug for GetAsyncKeyState (see
- [fix]: properly saving configuration during a windows shutdown (handling WM_ENDSESSION)
- [new]: commentary links: support for hybrid modules.
- [fix]: 'volume.root.paths', 'module.root.paths', 'user.file.paths', 'extra.paths' properties in config.ini ([general] section): if there were spaces between the colon (;) separated paths, the paths were ignored.
- [fix]: sometime theWord fails to restart after a module installation
- [fix]: when theWord exits, it re-tries 10 times to update the config.ini file before giving up.
- [fix]: Select Bibles dialog (Compare view and Bible Search view): fixed sorting behavior. Also when the dialog appears in the Bible search view, the vertical right toolbar appears (to allow properly saving a Bible set from this place also)
- [fix]: if a Bible module contained the 'charset=nnn' property at the end, then this charset was used to display all elements (even non-Bible elements). In case the font used did not support this charset, then the elements would not use the specified font (this would appear for Bibles using 'rare' charsets like Hebrew, etc)
- [fix]: Verse list view: list selector moved a few pixels up.
- [fix]: change in verse detection algorithm to properly detect implicit references that contain half-verse indicators (e.g. 1:6b-11 for Mat 1).
- [fix]: popup window appears above with the HWND_TOPMOST flag now, this means that it will work properly if the main window is set to be a topmost window by a 3rd party app
- [fix]: right-click menu in Bible view could fail to properly detect the word under cursor if the word was the last one in a line in r2l modules.
- [fix]: topics with content_type of jpg, bmp, etc (e.g. images) would not appear in popups
- [fix]: F4-Verse reference: change event handling sequence (keys-enter): see bug:
- [fix] commentary links: proper prioritization of comment selection from hybrid modules that contains comments for multiple spans (e.g. NIC/Romans): comments for smaller passages (ideally single verses) should have priority
- [fix]: failed to rebuild topics_wordindex for module with large descriptions (greater than 2048 characters) - theWord would crash on startup
- [change]: Bible search view: history popup: background drawing gradient remove because it caused visibility issues with some themes
- [fix]: Popups that display non-Bible content use the background color of the active book view now. Until now they just retained the background color of the last time they displayed a verse (which was the one of the then active Bible view)
- [fix]: footnotes were using the Book view background and Bible view colors which was wrong: now footnotes popups use Bible view background      
- [fix]: donate form graphic was too big (2MB): reduce to a few KB (converted to jpg)
- [fix]: bug fixes concerning Hebrew and right-to-left display issues of new renderer:
  - in Book view: when loading RTF content containing Hebrew, all content is handled with special layout algorithm for proper bidirectional text.
  - in Bible view: all text loaded is now handled with special bidirectional algorithm
  - Hebrew rendering: WHM: spaces missing in Hebrew
  - Book view: reading plans: Holding down CTRL key over topics causes AV
  - Background missing in List view on first load
  - Hebrew rendering: Book view uses complex rendering if it detects right-to-left text.
- [fix]: pasting content from Bible view to Book view that has links (e.g. Hebrew morph data) removes these links
- [fix]: Bible view: 'Added words' within 'Words of Jesus' would not render with the correct color.
- [fix]: Pasting HTML formatted text with SHIFT+Ins (instead of CTRL+V) would paste it unformatted
- [fix]: drag-n-drop-ing text from Bible search input search box to book view would not allow the pasted text to accept 'Enter' (new line) at the end
- [fix]: drag-n-drop-ing text that contained new lines in Bible search input search box would not remove the new lines (and would cause an infinite loop in the marking of the text there)
- [fix]: Bookmarks dialog (Book view) is now resizable. It also saves its position and size on screen. New style painting of controls also.
- [fix]: resizing of large images in bookview failed some times
- [fix]: 'Click here to see a list of topics...' link in book view would cause the link of topics to appear and disappear immediately
- [fix]: Bible view: user could type in upon startup
- [fix]: fixed a bug in F4 box from b1354
- [fix]: Verse copied outside theWord in RTF format no longer carry over hyperlinks that are only used internally for theWord (see bug
- [fix]: Copy Verses dialog: increased the width of edit boxes in the Advanced drop down menu due to wrong spaces in Win8/125dpi
- [fix]: About box for some module that used html with non-utf8 codepages did not display properly (wrong encoding)
- [fix]: theWord was not visible in Windows ALT-TAB programs list when some dialogs where visible.
- [fix]: Win+DownArrow (which is the standard mechanism to minimize a program) would not hide the taskbar icon, if 'Minimize to tray' was set.
- [change]: Internal Clipboard monitor changes for compatibility with some 3rd party clipboard monitor utilities. theWord did re-register itself in the chain of clipboard viewers every 30 seconds, yet some 3rd party tools had issues when the chain of clipboard viewers of windows changed (although it is valid). Now:
  - theWord will not re-register if the CM is disabled (from File->Preferences)
  - there is a new registry settings in the [clipview] section called 'chain.reload' where you can set in seconds the time you want this re-registrations to occur
  - the default re-registration time has been increased to 300 seconds.
- [fix]: Performance enhancement: new renderer brought a performance penalty in cases with larger paragraph - processing of hidden text. (added rvoShowHiddenText in Options).
- [fix]: Bible view compare mode: if there are only 2 Bibles, one OT only and one NT only and the option to 'hide Bible modules that do not contain the chapter currently visible', then it is possible for the Bible to use incorrect font (e.g. to use the font of the hidden Bible)
- [fix]: when restoring position of a non-resizable form after restart, width and height are ignored.
- [fix]: several minor fixes for table editing in book view
- [fix]: when indexing books, if an error occurs, the dialog that displays the error will auto-close in 40 seconds if the user presses nothing. This allows the process to continue unattended
- [fix]: when a book view was floating, context menu actions for table, paragraph, bullets and borders did not work.
- [fix]: Bible user highlighting is now displayed in popups, depending on current Bible view's options
- [fix]: Define Module Sets dialog: when creating copies of modules or folders from within the custom set tree list (right one) by holding down the CTRL key, the new copies didn't have a proper new internal ID. So, when the new set was saved it could create problems if later one tried to edit it.
- [change]: Bookview option->Link even if inactive (paperclip icon drop down) is checked by default.
- [fix]: Bible view: if no header/footer is displayed, first time theWord starts, there is an extra empty line at the top of the Bible view
- [fix]: Bible view: in paragraph mode, if headings were overlaid on a Bible that didn't have its own headings, there was an extra space before the first verse
- [change/fix]: hybrid modules: a topic does not appear in commentary links, if in the rel_refs table the linked bookmark name does not start with RELREF_ (see update book module spec for details).
- [fix]: Bible view -> Inline commentaries: if a commentary is displayed inline and the first thing to be displayed is a link (e.g. no heading/title), then no popup would be displayed when the mouse hovered over the link.
- [change]: devotional books do not sync any more with word click events. Behavior can be overridden by adding 'devotion.force.sync=1' in config table of individual devotion file. Book module spec doc updated also
- [change]: book view formatting toolbar is now moved/docked to floating Book views
- [fix]: translation function failed to update some messages/captions in context menu in book view (table menu and some more).
- [fix]: If a Book module title contained RTF special chars ({, }, ), then it's title would appear truncated if a topic of this book would appear in a 'dictionary lookup' popup.
- [fix]: If a text hyperlink contained RTF special chars ({, }, ), it would not display properly
- [fix]: List of saved Bible sets is now sorted in all popup menus it appears.
- [fix]: Bible view->Commentary links: if "Lookup all available commentaries" was selected, hybrid modules would not be included.
- [fix]: When using the CTRL+SHIFT+V to paste back from the clipboard monitor multiple verses, only the first verse/range were pasted
- [fix]: the CM would display the font color of the active Bible view without using the view's background. Thus in a Bible view with white font and black back, the CM text would be invisible.
- [fix]: Install module download: new download from URL function: download failed if remote http server did not provide a file-length entry in http headers
- [fix]: trailing spaces were not removed when reading properties from Bible files (.ont): this resulted in errors if non-visible spaces existed (e.g. if a space existed in the id property, this space was taken as being part of the id).
- [fix]: reading plan stats: the output was not fully Unicode there (dates may have appeared with question marks)
- [fix]: download modules dialog: bottom panel was not Unicode
- [fix]: change the name of the .chm file that is looked for to all-lowercase (e.g. theword.chm): used to be TheWord.chm. This could cause issues with locating the file in Unix-based systems (e.g. MAC)
- [fix]: right-clicking on a 'reserved' word on the Bible view and searching for it would fail: now a backslash '' is prepended to make sure the search succeeds (e.g. right-clicking on 'not' in the Bible view and selecting 'search' now works)
- [fix]: updates/fixes in module-repositories doc
- [fix]: removed some unneeded vars in the module downloads code    
- [fix]: adding a wrong link to a book (e.g. tw://*.*?asdf) could cause the Hyperlink dialog to not re-display if right-clicking on this link (due to an error in parsing).
- [fix]: fixed the triggers in the headings.*.twm files - also in the importer tool.
- [fix]: F5/Copy Verses changes: made cosmetic fixes, added messages to language file, fixed a couple of obscure bugs
- [fix]: Insert Manager dialog cosmetic fixes, added messages to language file, fixed some issues here and there.
- [fix]: 'Hyperlink...' menu item in context menu of Book view was untranslated
- [change]: changed menu Help->Look for module updates: break in 2, one for language files that re-directs to the site, another for modules that opens the module downloader directly.
- [fix]: several fixes for better high-dpi viewing.
- [fix]: several items (especially menus) did not use the custom font (if) set in the .lng file
- [fix]: Unicode issues in Book view->ctx menu->Hyperlink menu, FormatPainter hint text, Download Modules dialog->Html preview message on the left
- [fix]: pre-indexing did not work properly (e.g. pre-created .idx and .idx3 files would not be used).
- [fix]: pre-indexing did not work from integrated installer.
- [change]: update donate notice and copyright info for tw5. Removed the logic for displaying the donate dialog automatically. The dialog is now only available on demand from Help->Donate menu
- [change:] new splash for tw5      
- [fix]: loading compare view from startup would not properly load Bible view settings (see
- [fix]: Copy verse dialog: one of the drop-down buttons displayed a small 'dot' (really minor)      
- [fix]: added an experimental config option 'hide.verse.numbers=1' to hide the verse numbers. Since this is experimental, it is now only a global option, not Bible-view specific. This is only a preview feature for testing

last updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015
Back to FAQ

Stay tuned!

theWord portable

Useful links

Download latest version

Browse module library

Check the forums

See screenshots

Visit the Guestbook

Email updates

Enter your email to be notified for updates on program and modules


Is it safe to give you my email?

Latest version

The latest version of theWord is

Find out how you can check what version you are using

Random verse

and all things [are] of the God who has reconciled us to himself by [Jesus] Christ, and given to us the ministry of that reconciliation: how that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their offences; and putting in us the word of that reconciliation. We are ambassadors therefore for Christ, God as [it were] beseeching by us, we entreat for Christ, Be reconciled to God. Him who knew not sin he has made sin for us, that *we* might become God's righteousness in him  (2 Corinthians 5:18)