9 An Overview of the User Interface

 

 

BibleWorks is both simple and complex. It is quite easy to do basic searches and copy the results to your favorite word processor. But a great deal of function is hidden beneath the surface. Even people who have been using BibleWorks for years occasionally run across features that they never dreamed were available. So it is important that you become familiar with the documentation. And it is important that you start off knowing in a general way what kinds of things you can do with BibleWorks. This section will begin the process by giving you a quick overview of the user interface. We recommend that all users read it carefully before proceeding.

 

The BibleWorks User Interface

The Search Window

The Browse Window

The Analysis Window

Configuring the Main Window

Context Menus

The Graphical Search Engine

The Status Bar

Cloning BibleWorks

Working With Multiple Windows

Startup Options

 


The BibleWorks User Interface

 

When you open BibleWorks for the first time you will see a Window that is divided into three main sections or windows. These windows are arranged in the order in which you would use them as you do research on a particular topic in the Bible.

 

The Search Window

 

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This window is used to perform basic searches on the Biblical text. You enter the words to search for and view a list of verses resulting from the search.


The Browse Window


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This window is used to view individual verses in context (single version mode) or in multiple Bible versions (multiple version mode). When you click on a verse in the Search Window it will appear here in expanded form.

The Analysis Window

 

When you move the mouse over a word in the Browse Window, information about the word or verse being examined will be shown in this window.

 

Typically you would start by using the Search Window to find verses related to your research topic. Then you would use the Browse Window to examine specific verses to see if they need to be examined in more detail. Then you would use the Analysis Window to study the meanings and usage of individual words in the verses. A typical screen would look something like this.

 

 

To get you started as quickly as possible we will review some basic procedures that you can follow as you work through the process outlined above. It takes many people months to master the many tools and options in BibleWorks, but you will find that the majority of your time will be spent doing things that are basically quite simple, and very close to the steps outlined in this introduction.

 


The Search Window

 

Before you do a search you will want to specify which search version to do. The easiest way to do this is to type the BibleWorks abbreviation for the version on the Command Line (the text box at the top of the Search Window) and pressing the Return key. Each Version in BibleWorks has a short name, three or more letters long, used to reference the version in BibleWorks. Until you learn these names you can change the search version by clicking on the button below the Command Line and select "Choose Search Version". After you have done that you are ready to do a search.

 

The most common way of initiating a search in BibleWorks is to enter a word or a sequence of words on the Command Line. The words are preceded by a "control character" that determines the type of search to be done. This method may seem complex at first but in the long run it will save a lot of keystrokes and mouse clicks. There are three main possibilities for this control character, a period, a forward slash, and a single quote character. The following table illustrates the use of these three characters.

  

Control Character

Example

What it Does

Period

 

.faith works

Finds all verses containing BOTH the word "faith" AND the word "works"

Forward Slash

 

/faith works

Finds all verses that contain either the word "faith" OR the word "works".

Single Quote

 

'in the beginning

Finds all verses that contain the exact PHRASE "in the beginning".

 

When you perform a valid search the list of verses found will be displayed in the list under the Command Line. If you want to see one of the verses in context all you have to do is click in the list entry for that verse and it will open in the Browse Window to the right.

 

Note that there is a row of tabs at the top of the Search Window. You can use these as placeholders. If you want to explore another part of Scripture and return to your current location, an easy way to do this is to select a different tab, do the exploration, and finally click the original tab to return to where you started. For details see the section on The Search Window.

 


The Browse Window

 

Once you have used the Search Window to find the verses that are of interest, you can use the Browse Window to view them in context and see how the verses are translated in any of the Bible translations in BibleWorks.  The Browse Window can be used in two browse modes. The first mode shows the entire text of a single version (the version you have been searching). The other mode shows a single verse in as many different versions as you want. To switch back and forth between "Single Version" and "Multiple Version" modes click on the  button at the top of the Browse Window. To select which versions you want to look at, click on the options button  and select "Choose Display Version(s)."

 

You can use the Outline, Book, Chapter and Verse list boxes at the top of the Browse Window to jump to a particular verse. Alternatively you can just type the verse reference on the Command Line. If you choose to do it this way you should use the BibleWorks three letter book name abbreviation for the book, which in all but a couple of cases is just the first three letters of the name of the book (e.g. Mat, 1Pe, etc.).

 

You can also do quick searches on a particular word in the Browse Window just by double-clicking on the word with your mouse. If you want to find out if a phrase occurs elsewhere, highlight the phrase with your mouse, and then RIGHT click on the highlighted text with the mouse and select "Search for Phrase". For details see the section on The Browse Window.

 


The Analysis Window

 

The Analysis Window is used to display information about particular words in the Browse Window. As your mouse is moved over words in the Browse Window an analysis of the word will be displayed in the Analysis Window. The type of information depends on the type of text and the language of the version. For Greek and Hebrew texts the Analysis Window will display morphological information as well as the appropriate lexicon entry for the word. If the text underneath the mouse cursor is not Greek or Hebrew, the Analysis Window will display translator notes, Strong's Number information, or other useful information, depending on what is available for that version.

 

These introductory comments should be enough to get you started. At this point you can continue to explore the BibleWorks Help or access the set of How-to Videos that come with BibleWorks. The How-to Videos will show you how to get the most out of BibleWorks and use it to study the Bible more efficiently and more effectively. For details see the section on The Analysis Window.

 


Configuring the Main Window

 

You can change the size of the BibleWorks Main Window by placing the mouse cursor on a corner or edge of the window and dragging with the left mouse button (unless the window is Maximized). In addition to this you can also change the relative sizes of the Search, Browse, and Analysis Windows by placing the mouse cursor on the yellow sizing bar between these windows and dragging it with the left mouse button.

 


Context Menus

 

A great deal of useful functionality in BibleWorks is contained on context menus. A context menu is a menu that opens in place when you click on a window with the RIGHT mouse button. Until you get used to the ubiquity of these menus it is a good idea to right click on every window to see what is there. Almost every window in the BibleWorks Main Window has a context menu.

 


The Graphical Search Engine

 

In addition to the Command Line, BibleWorks also provides a graphical method of designing searches too complex for the Command Line. The Graphical Search Engine (GSE) permits you to describe your search by dragging "word objects" around the screen and making graphical connections between them to describe how you want searches to be done. There are very few significant limitations on the complexity of the searches that you can construct with this interface. The Tools button below the Command Line  contains links to commonly used tools, including a shortcut to the GSE.

 

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Command Line before delving into the complexities of the GSE. See An Overview of the Graphical Search Engine for details.  

 


The Status Bar


The Status Bar runs across the bottom of the main window. It displays the statistics of searches and other status information, such as whether search limits are active, whether verse or chapter notes are present, etc. The status bar can also be used to configure a number of features. For instance, you can double-click with the left mouse button on the word Limits in the Status Bar and the Search Limits Window will open. See the section on The Main Status Bar for details.

 


Cloning BibleWorks

 

There are many times when you are working on a passage, need to digress and follow a stream of thought, and then return to exactly the same spot. There are several mechanisms to help you do this, like Search Window tabs, secondary windows, and context saving (the back and forward arrow buttons). These don't always allow you to return, however, to exactly the same spot. After struggling with the issue for a number of years, we found the idea of cloning BibleWorks came to the fore. The idea is to create a new copy of the entire program, completely separate from the original, but starting with the same configuration, including verse lists, Browse Window content, verse hits, and so on. The BibleWorks Cloning Option does just that.

To open a clone of the current BibleWorks session you can either click on the Clone Button   or choose Window | Clone BibleWorks from the Main Menu. The clone will inherit most of its configuration information from the parent copy, but all the clones use a single initialization file separate from the initialization file used by the original program. This mechanism permits you to configure the clone differently from the main copy of BibleWorks while still inheriting context information from the parent.

 

If you close the original copy of BibleWorks all cloned copies will also be closed. Cloned clones will also be shut down. The number of copies that you can start is basically limited only by available memory, but each copy consumes significant resources, so if you have limited memory this option may not be for you. Most computers today, though, have more than enough memory to handle numerous copies of BibleWorks running all at once.

 


Working with Multiple Windows

 

There are dozens of Windows that can be open in BibleWorks at any given time. In the default configuration most windows are "parented" to the Search Window. This means that the "child" windows always remain on top of the Search Window and become active when it becomes active. This can be something of a nuisance at times because you usually need access to the Search Window Command Line to change verses. Some of the secondary windows, like the Parallel Versions Window, can be quite large and can get in the way.

 

§         Desktop Window
One way to deal with this problem is to change the "parentage" of each window. You can turn most BibleWorks windows into "children" of the Windows Desktop rather than children of BibleWorks. They can then be placed "behind" other windows, even the Search Window. To do this you activate the window's "system menu" by clicking on the box in the upper left hand corner of the window. When the menu appears select "Make Desktop Window". Window states are saved when you exit BibleWorks and reloaded the next time you run the program. To return the window to its original state just uncheck the "Make Desktop Window" option.

§         The Window Menu
Making windows "desktop" windows solves one problem and creates another. Desktop windows can easily become hidden behind other windows and can become difficult to find. The Window Menu can help to alleviate this problem. Any time you open a new window, like a Browse Window, Parallel Versions Window, GSE Window, etc. the name of the window will be added to the list. This enables you to "Find" windows that may get lost in desktop clutter. Just open the Window Menu, find the window you are looking for and click on it.


Startup Options

If you hold the SHIFT key down while starting BibleWorks a Window similar to the one shown here will open. It is used primarily for debugging under the direction of BibleWorks staff, but can also be useful for solving a number of problems that can occur occasionally on some systems, or to set certain startup options. For example, it is a good way to reset your installation to the settings in force when you first ran BibleWorks.

The options are divided into three types as follows:

Option 1 - This option permits you to reset various configuration options to their initial states. BibleWorks will then be restarted with the new settings. To use this option check the check boxes for the startup options you want to reset and click on "Perform the selected options and run BibleWorks".

Option 2 - This option permits you to perform a specified procedure to correct possible program problems. You will be returned to Windows after the procedure is performed.

Option 3 - This option consists of several miscellaneous options.