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Tip 4.4 Using Text Highlighting

The Text Highlighting tool can be a useful tool in the classroom or for preparing class notes. In this Classroom Tip we will show a few ways that you can use the Text Highlighting tool in your teaching.

Coloring the Text

Creating a Color File

The first step is to create a color file and set the color you want to use for your highlighting. On the main BibleWorks menu select Tools | Viewing the text | Apply colors to selected text . . . . The Apply Color to Selected Text box opens.

Before you create a new color file, click your cursor on the Bible version that you want to color in the Browse Window. In the Apply Color to Selected Text window, select the New button under the Color File Options section. Name your file. This file is associated with the Browse Window version that you selected earlier. You can only use one version in a color file. For our example we will name our file using the name of the version plus a descriptive term for color file. We will name the file bntjohn for our work in the BNT version of the Gospel of John.

Notice that the new color file is checked to display and is the color file to receive the text coloring, as indicated by the radio button being active for the bntjohn color file.

Setting the Text Attribute Options

You can change the text highlighting attributes under the Text Attribute Options section of the window. Change the text color and background color by clicking on the text and background boxes. Check the appropriate boxes if you want the text to be bold, italic, underlined, or with strike-thru. Our sample file uses red text, white background, and bold text.

Coloring the Text

There are two ways that you can manually color the text. One way is to select the text you want to color, then click the Apply Color to Selected Text button within the Apply color to Selected Text Window. The second way is to use the Apply color to Browse Window text button  on the Button Bar. Work your way through the BNT text, coloring the words that you want to use in your class.

Using Your Colored Text in Class

There are a number of ways in which you might want to use your colored text in class.

Displaying Your Colored Text Using a Projector

You can display the BibleWorks windows using a video projector and show your colored text on-screen.

  • Display your color file to show significant words or grammatical constructions.
  • Display your color file to show examples of Greek or Hebrew words that pertain to that day's grammar assignment.

Creating Student Handouts

You can also use your color file as the basis for student assignments. There are a couple of ways that you can do this.

  • Copy your highlighted text to a word-processor document. Click the Copy button  in the Search Window, then select Copy Format Options. Now select the format option for the way in which you want to copy the text.

    For our example we will select for Popup Copy Window. In the BW Options Window under the Output Format Options section, check the box to Export Colors (hit highlighting). Now when you use the Popup Copy Window to insert Bible verses in your word-processing document, your colored text will appear as well.

  • Create a list of verses that contain your highlighted text. You can create a verse list that contains the verses that you have colored. Open the Apply Color to Selected Text window. Under the Color File Options section, click the button to Export. This action exports to the Search Window all of the verses in your color file that contain colored text.

    Now you can copy this list of verses in the Search Window to a word processing document. If you turn on the Export Colors as described above, the list of verses in your word-processing document will contain your colored text. You can use the checkboxes feature on the Command Line to limit your Command Line searches to only verses in your Search Window verse list. You can also use the verse list in the Verse List Manager, the Graphical Search Engine, or in the Report Generator.

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