Bible View

General Information

The Bible View is the most important of the Views because of that which it displays—God's Word. A new Bible View can be made by simply pressing the shortcut f11. The Bible View has a myriad of options and customizations. Many of these can be found in the Bible View Menu.

Almost every aspect of the display of the Bible view can be customized and all additional information can be switched on/off. This allows you to customize very easily how the Bible text is displayed and what other options are displayed along with the text. For example, you can easily turn on/off the Strong's numbers by pressing S on your keyboard, or to show/hide the footnotes with the F key.

The caption of the Bible view displays the current verse and translation. The current verse of the active Bible view is also displayed in the program's button on the windows taskbar (theWord allows you to run at the same time multiple instance of the program, so this helps to distinguish one from the other).

TIP: To get the most out of theWord, it is also important to understand how Views are synchronized! Clicking on a word in the Bible view or changing the active verse may cause other views within theWord to get updated! Read the View synchronization topic to understand this subject.

Bible reading, default mouse operations and behavior

To start reading the Bible, just click on the Tab/Button on the top of the Bible view to select the translation you want and use one of the several methods to navigate to the desired book/chapter/verse. You can use your mouse wheel to navigate to the previous/next verse. The active verse is highlighted with a darker shade of the background color to help you identify the location you are reading (you can change this behavior of the mouse wheel from the Bible view options dialog -> General behavior category).

If you hover your mouse over a Bible tab, you will get a popup that displays some quick information for this translation. The tabs that represent the Bible modules usually use small abbreviated titles in order to make it easier to fit many translations in your views (you can change these abbreviations to more descriptive ones if you want from the Show/Hide Bible texts dialog).


Clicking on a word in the Bible view cause the current Dictionary entry to change to that word. This operation will cause all linked Book views to update their content and/or tabs depending on whether they contain an entry for the word you clicked on. Every time you change the active verse of the active Bible view, you also cause all linked Book views that contain commentaries to get updated. Read the View synchronization topic to understand how this works (notice that you need at least one Book view open for this function to work properly).

Notice that the status bar of the program displays at all time the current dictionary word (Dct) and current commentary entry (Cmt):


The last rectangle of the status bar displays the current verse along with the current Bible abbreviation: click on it to copy the verse reference; hold down the CTRL key to exclude the abbreviation.

Bible View context menu

Right-click on any word in the Bible view to get the Bible view context menu. The following popup menu appear when you right-click on a word in the Bible view (if you right-click on white space, some of these options will not be available).

Bible view context menu

Bible view context menu

Multiple views sub-menu<br>

Multiple views sub-menu

The options for this menu are as follows:

Find [...]: there may appear one or more items with the Find [...] caption depending on the module you use and the word you click on. At minimum, one Find [...] item will appear containing the word you right-clicked on, or the current selection (if one exists). By default, theWord uses an advanced word-break algorithm to determine the boundaries of the word you clicked on, yet for some "exotic" languages, this algorithm may fail to understand where a word ends (especially in languages that use non-standard word-breaking symbols). In that case, just select with your mouse the letters that comprise the word before right-clicking.

There may be extra Find [...] menu items that can appear, depending on the support on the module level:

if the module contains Strong's numbers, a Find [...] item for the Strong number (if there is more than one Strong number associated with a word, more items will show up there)
if the module contains Morphology codes, a Find [...] item for the Morphology tag
if the module contains Lemma information, a Find [...] item for the Lemma

Clicking on a Find [...] menu will cause the active Bible search view to locate the word you clicked on. If you have more than one Bible search views, the active one will be used (if you need to select yourself which one will be used, just click on it before performing the search to activate it). If you have no Bible search view, one will be created.

Lookup "..." in: there may appear more than one sub-menus below the Lookup menu, depending on the word you clicked on. For each Find [...] menu, a corresponding Lookup "..." in submenu will appear. If only one Find [...] item appears, then the Lookup "..." in menu will not have 2nd level sub-menus, but will contain a list of all modules that match the word you clicked on. Please, see the How word lookups are performed? topic to understand how the list with matched topics is generated. Clicking on a topic of the Lookup submenu will cause a Book view to display the content of this topic.

Add a cross reference on "..." ...: see Cross-References topic

Copy ...: all copy options allow you to copy one or more verses of the Bible.

TIP: Clicking on the Copy Verses... brings up the Copy Verses dialog. If you select with your mouse one or more verses before you bring up this dialog (you can do so with the F5 key also), then the dialog will be initialized with the starting and ending verse of your selection. This is an easy way to copy fast more than one verse from the Bible view: with your mouse more than one verse (no need to be exact with the selection, just make sure that the first and last verses you want are partly selected).
2.Press F5
3.Press Enter

Select All...: selects all text in the Bible view

Add [...] to current verse list...: adds the current verse to the current verse list.

Paste [...] to editor: pastes this verse to the selected editor: you need to have at least one Book view with an editable module for this option to be enabled.

Show [...] in Bible view: this menu appears only if you have more than one Bible views open (the image above does not show this option). In that case you can select to view this verse in another Bible view.

Bible view options...: displays the Bible view options dialog

Show/hide viewer icons: refers to the vertical toolbar on the left of the Bible view (see below).

Close this view: closes this Bible view. You can press ESC to close any view also.


Bible View Menu

This menu allows you to customize general aspects of the view itself (not the appearance of the Bible text, which can be customized from the Bible View Options dialog). The Bible View Menu can be accessed in two different ways

1.Clicking on the Organize icon to the left of the tabs
Organize Icon

Organize Icon

2.or, Right-clicking any tab
Bible View Menu

Bible View Menu

Set as default allows the user to set the default Bible module. The default Bible module is the module used to display verse references in tooltips when the user hovers over a hyperlinked verse reference. The active Bible module (rather than default) can be used by pressing ctrl while hovering over the reference (this logic can be reversed from the Advanced Tab of the Preferences dialog). The same option can be set from File->Preferences->Bible texts->Set as default.

In the Title option, the user can change the abbreviation used on the tab for that module in the View (this can also be changed from File->Preferences->Bible texts).

Info... displays the active module's about box that shows information about the module, the notation used and copyright information (same dialog can be accessed from the menu Help->Bible Info).

Set tab icon displays the Tab Icon Menu. This menu allows the user to customize the icon beside the abbreviation for the module in the View. This menu allows the user to place a colored dot beside the active module, use the flag of the module's language, browse for a custom icon on the computer, or simply don't use an icon.

Set Tab Icon Menu

Set Tab Icon Menu

Bible View Options... is covered in another topic.  Go to Bible View Options.

Show/hide, reorder Bible texts... is the option to customize which Bibles are displayed in the tab bar. See this section about this option.

Tab options allow the user to customize the way the tabs display in the tab bar (multiple rows, compare and list views, icons, etc.) - menu descriptions are self-explanatory.

Actions for icons deals with whether or not the icons next to the tabs are used and auto-assigning flags to all tabs. Notice that these options will change the icons of all the tabs, so use with care.

Show/hide view icons turns off and on the view icons to the immediate left of the Bible View.

Finally, the Bibles' bar background color changes the color of the entire tab bar background.

Bible viewer icons/toolbar

Bible view icons

Bible view icons

The Viewer Icons provide a place near the Bible text to help the user navigate through the Bible. From top to bottom, the functions are:

Go back to history

Go forward to history

Previous book: you can click on the black arrow on the right for a popup menu of all Books

Next book: you can click on the black arrow on the right for a popup menu of all Books

Previous/Next chapter

Previous/Next verses

Zoom in/Zoom out

Verse Target: Select to make this Bible view a target for displaying verse links. If this Bible view is a Verse Target, then every time you click a verse reference link, this view will display the verse. If no Bible view is a Verse Target, then the active Bible view is used to display verse links.

You should notice the following:

When a Bible view is set as a Verse Target, then it will not produce synchronization events; no Book views or Bible views will be synchronized while this option is turned on for this view.
The Verse Target view will only respond to verse links: not to the Bible Tree, Bible Search View, F4 quick access menu
Holding down the CTRL key causes the same Bible view to be used to display a link, even if a Verse Target view exists.

TIP: Here is what happens if you click on a verse reference:

If a Verse Target view exists then:
othe Verse Target view is used
othe same (originating Bible view) is used if CTRL is pressed
If a Verse Target view does not exist
othe same (originating Bible view) is used
oanother random Bible view is used if CTRL is pressed.

New Bible view: create an exact duplicate of this Bible view

Print: if you select part of the Bible text before pressing the Print button, you can choose to only print the selection.

Grab-n-drag mode: this mode is specifically designed for touch screens and other devices where navigation with a tap-device is easier. In that mode you cannot make text selection.

Synchronization between Bible views: see below for details

Bible view options: see relevant topic here

You can hover over the icons to see an explanation of each function. The Viewer Icons can be turned off and on via ctrl+t or within the context (right-click) menu in the Bible View.

Synchronization between Bible views


This function allows you to synchronize two or more Bible views with each other so when you change the verse in one of these, the other(s) change also. You need at least two Bible views open for this to work (or else the corresponding button will appear faded/disabled).

Click on the black arrow on the right of the button and you will see a list of all other Bible views currently open; as you hover your mouse over the popup menu entries you will notice that the corresponding view gets shaded to help you identify it: click on the one that you want to synchronize the current one with. Notice that the synchronization can be either one-way or two-way! The logic here is that the current view on which you are performing this operation will be synchronized to the one you selected (e.g. the current view will follow the changes of the one you selected/clicked on).

If you want to have two-way synchronization, then you need to do exactly the same thing on the other view, selecting as target this one. You can make arbitrary synchronizations between any number of views like that.

This button also acts as a switch: pressing it will temporarily enable/disable the synchronization of this Bible view (without affecting the selections that determine for which other views this one is synchronized with).



  ©2003-2012 Costas Stergiou
manual version: 4.0.1327