Global Preferences


Global program preferences control the way the program behaves in general and in relation to Microsoft Windows.  Various other settings are found here as well.  These settings can be found via the main menu: File -> Preferences...  Since Clipboard monitoring and Bible texts tab help is found in other topics, they will not be covered here.

General Tab

General Tab of Preferences Dialog

General Tab of Preferences Dialog

Start program with Windows causes theWord to start when you start your computer.  You may also cause it to start minimized by checking the option below.

Minimize window to tray icon will cause theWord to minimize to a tray icon (located in the Windows taskbar) rather than to a normal button on the Windows taskbar.

Mouse wheel scrolls and activates window under cursor causes the mouse to activate the window under the mouse so that no clicking is needed to scroll.

The Error handling section describes the procedures theWord takes when there is a problem with the program. If you check the When an error occurs... option, then the program will automatically send an e-mail in case of an error. If you want, you can include your email in the text box below in order to be contacted if further information is needed. The Display dialog to enter... option will display a dialog that allows you to enter a description of what you were doing in case of an error. Notice though, that this can be annoying since the program can usually recover from the errors, yet this procedure requires will temporary distract you.

The When running in compact mode... option refers to which modules theWord uses while running in compact mode. When in compact mode, by default, theWord will only access those modules that are in the same folder as the theword.exe file. If this option is selected, theWord will also use modules that may be found in the default folders of a normal installation.

Fonts Tab

Fonts Tab of Preferences Dialog

Fonts Tab of Preferences Dialog

This tab controls several widely used fonts in theWord.

Default Greek font is the font used in the Bible View to display things such as the Greek Bible, Greek words in Strong's numbers, etc.

Default Hebrew font is similar to the Greek font above, only Hebrew.

Default Book View font is the font used by default to display content in the Book View.  See also Preparing User Modules for Distribution.

Advanced Tab

Advanced Tab in Preferences Dialog

Advanced Tab in Preferences Dialog

The first section (Bible view specific -> When hovering over a verse reference, use:) customizes the way tool tips are displayed.  By default, theWord uses the default Bible (see Bible View) to display verse texts in tool tips; if you press ctrl while hovering over the link, the active Bible will be used.  You can reverse this logic by selecting the Active Bible module to display the verse text, or the Default if CTRL or ALT is pressed.

Show hints when hovering over Bible view module tabs: whether hints will be displayed when the mouse hovers over the modules tabs/button of the Bible view.

Use the TAB key to insert tabs instead of navigating through the program controls:Normally, the tab key is used to navigate through the controls of a program. When the cursor is in an editable topic in the Book view and this check box is selected, the TAB key will insert a tab character in the editor instead of navigating to the next control.

Show hints when hovering over book view module tabs: whether hints will be displayed when the mouse hovers over the modules tabs/button of the Book view. Especially for the buttons of the Book view, the hints do contain a lot of information about the module, so it may be preferable to leave this option off.

Keep the focus on the current input box after pressing 'Enter' to execute command: By default, when you place the cursor in an input box, type something and press Enter, the focus moves to the view/window that normally is the receiver of the associated function. Check this option if you prefer the focus to remain in the input box instead. This option affects:

the Verse Reference input box (accessed with F4)
the Bible Search View input box (accessed with F3)
the Book Search View input box (accessed with F2)
the Bible view module search input box (accessed with SHIFT+F3)
the Book view module search input box (accessed with SHIFT+F2)

Show help tips: Check if you want to display help tips when you pause your mouse over buttons and other controls. This is a global setting and affects every single control and button. Remember that these tips are very explanatory and helpful in finding out what each button does.

File Associations Tab


When theWord is installed, it associates certain file extensions (corresponding to theWord modules) with itself. This means that when one double-clicks on files with one of these extensions, theWord fires up to display or install the module(s). From this screen you can select the file extensions that you want theWord to associate with itself.

TIP: theWord automatically associates these file extensions with itself so, normally, there is no special action needed from you. This screen should be only used to re-associate one of the known extension, in case another program has overwritten it, or for some other reason the association is broken.

Notice that for a normal installation, these associations will be already in place (so everything here will be checked), since theWord automatically creates them on startup if they do not exist. Un-checking an item from the associations list here will not reset the association.

The .twzip files are archives (zip files) that contain one or more modules that should be installed in theWord.

There is some special handling for file associations for UFD installations of theWord: since for a UFD installation no trace should be left on the target PC, theWord will register these associations on startup and remove them when it shuts down. This allows a UFD installation to properly handle files with these extensions while running, but removing registry traces when it is shut down.


  ©2003-2012 Costas Stergiou
manual version: 4.0.1327