Tip 1.5: Using Tabs Effectively
The BibleWorks Search Window contains 12 tabbed Search Windows. The tabs provide a way to switch rapidly between study contexts without losing the previous context. The tabs can also function as an instruction tool for proper word study method.
In this Classroom Tip we will provide strategies for setting up and using the tabs in the classroom and in your study. We will also show how to save your tabs configurations for future use and distribution to other BibleWorks users. Included are links to saved context files that you can download and use in your classroom.
The Search Window tabs display at the top of the Search Window. There are 12 tabs. When you use a tab, an asterisk (*) appears next to the tab number. After you perform a search in a tab window, you can place your cursor on the tab number and the pop-up box will display the search word or phrase.
There are many Search Window features that you change independently in each tab. Some of the features you can change independently include:
Tab information is saved in the BibleWorks context files. To save your tab settings, place your cursor on a tab, then right-click and select Save Tabs to Disk. To load a saved tab file, place your cursor on a tab, then right-click and select Load Tabs from Disk, and select the context file you wish to open. (A BibleWorks context file has the extension .swc.)
If after reading this Classroom Tip you have further questions about the tabs, place your cursor on the tabs and press the F1 key to open the Online Help to the section discussing the Search Window tabs.
The information saved in the tabs make the tabs a useful tool in the classroom. Below are examples of ways you can configure the tabs for classroom and personal study.
Included are links to context files you can download and use in BibleWorks 7. Download the context files to the BibleWorks 7/init/ folder. (Usually this folder is located at C:\Program Files\BibleWorks 7\init.) By default BibleWorks looks in this folder for the context files.
Because each tab can contain different search and display versions and different search limits, you can set up the tabs according to standard word study procedures.
For example, perhaps you are studying the book of Ephesians in your Greek Exegesis class. Set the search limits in your tabs in the following way, using the BGM as the search version and BGT as the display version for most tabs. (You may want to tweak the tab setup according to the word study instructions you provide to your class and the versions you desire to use.)
Start the word search process in tab 1, then continue to search on the word throughout the rest of the tabs to gain a picture of the word's usage throughout the various corpuses represented.
>>Download the BW7 Greek word study context file here.
There are not as many texts to search for a word Hebrew study, but you can set up the tabs for Hebrew word study, as well. Many of these search limits are shortcuts defined in the BibleWorks Search Limits window. The search version is set to WTM (where applicable), and the display versions as WTT. The example search presupposes that you are studying in Genesis.
>>Download the BW7 Hebrew word study context file here.
You could also set up the tabs according to book collections. Each of these tabs also includes (where applicable) two English translations, the NRS and the NAS. For example:
>>Download the BW7 book collection context file here.
You can also use the tabs as 12 workspaces which you can configure for different searching and viewing tasks. For example, perhaps you have different passages of Scripture which you plan to discuss in your class. Each tab can contain a different passage. Each tab below includes the NET Bible as the search and display version.
>>Download the BW7 passages context file here.
You can also save multiple sets of context files to open during your class. This enables you to have an unlimited number of tabs available for your use.