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Download e-Sword User's Guide PDF v.10.4 10.4

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Josh Bond

e-Sword Version:
9.x - 10.x

Need help installing e-Sword modules? Use the e-Sword Module Installer!

Press F1 to View the e-Sword Manual if you have e-Sword 10.x installed.

This guide has been updated for e-Sword 10.4. The updated guide also includes numerous other corrections and enhancements.

Goal of this Documentation
The goal of this documentation is to explain every e-Sword feature for both the casual and advanced user. This documentation is the product of hundreds of hours of work and the most comprehensive e-Sword documentation ever produced.

If you have questions about a feature, we hope you can easily find the answers you are seeking by referring to the hyperlinked Table of Contents. The Table of Contents is available in the Bookmarks window of Adobe Acrobat. The Table of Contents is invaluable for using this documentation.

This documentation uses informal, conversational English, keeping with our goal of real-world use by Christians wanting to learn more about e-Sword. The best way to accomplish our goal is to use conversational English.

Copyright and Distribution
This text is copyrighted only to prevent the documentation from being used for commercial profit.

You may freely copy and distribute this documentation as long as you make do not make any changes or use the documentation commercially, including charging, in any way, for it’s use, reading or distribution.

If you have any questions on this policy, contact Josh Bond at BibleSupport.com.

Table of Contents
About this User’s Guide

About e-Sword

Goal of this Documentation

Documentation Author

Copyright and Distribution

What’s New in e-Sword 10?

Reference Library

Search All Topics At Once

REFX File Format

Support For Pictures

New Editor with True Word Processing Power

SermonAudio.com Integration

STEP Reader Still Included

Chapter 1: Getting to Know e-Sword

e-Sword Interface Overview

e-Sword Quick References: Tooltips

Common Tasks Menu

e-Sword Hotkey Reference Sheet

The Main Toolbar and Main Menu

Main Toolbar Icon Summary

Maximizing Window Views

Bible Books Navigation Tree

Introduction to the Bibles Window

The Compare Tab

The Parallel Tab

Introduction to the Commentaries Window

Introduction to the Editors Window

Introduction to the Dictionaries Window

Introduction to the Reference Library

Chapter 2: Customizing e-Sword

Adjusting the Layout of e-Sword’s Main Screen

Maximizing / Minimizing Window Panes With Push Pins

Maximizing Window Panes With the Window Menu

Making Window Panes Larger or Smaller

Window Docking Introduction

Docking Windows – Getting Started

Docking Windows: Overlapping

Floating Window Customization

Zoom Feature: A Gift for Old Eyes

The Zoom Icon

Zooming with the Mouse Wheel

Changing Fonts and Sizes

Changing Text and Background Colors

e-Sword Multilingual Settings

Changing the e-Sword Application Language

Tooltip and Bookmark Options

Search Options

Reset e-Sword Settings

Hiding and Uninstalling Resources

Hiding Resources

Permanently Delete Resources

Deleting Editor Notes

Configuring Resource Tabs

Display Tabs on a Single Row or Multiple Rows

Resource Tab Sorting - Advanced

Renaming Resource Tabs

Resource Tab Conflicts

Changing the e-Sword Resource Location

Downloading Additional Resources

Unofficial Resources

Official Resources

Installing Unofficial Resources

e-Sword Module Installer

Self Installing Resources

Support for Unofficial e-Sword Resources

Chapter 3: The Bibles Window in Detail

Navigating the Bible in the Bibles Window

Using the Bible Books Window

Using the Lookup Scripture Reference Popup

Viewing Your Previous Bible Search Results

Viewing Your Verse History

Recognizing Study Notes in the Bible Window

Searching the Bible - Basic

Quick Searching – Context Menu

Additional Search Options Wheel

Searching Only the OT, NT, and Apocrypha


Extended Bible Search - Multiple Translations

Search Results

Searching the Bible - Advanced

Copying and Printing Bible Searches


Quick Copying

Copying/Printing Entire Bible Passages

Copying and Printing from Parallel Mode

Working with Strong's Hebrew and Greek Numbers

Strong’s Number Basics

e-Sword Modules with Strong’s Numbers

Viewing Strong’s Number Definitions Without Leaving the Bible Window

Viewing Strong’s Number Definitions in the Dictionary Window

Searching by Strong's Numbers

The Compare Tab

The Parallel Tab

Split Bible View

Analyzing Verses – Passage Theme and Word Distribution

Using the Gospel Harmony

Displaying Information about a Bible Translation

Chapter 4: Highlighting, Marking, and Bookmarking Resources

Highlighting Text

Marking Text

Working with Bookmarks

Setting Bookmarks

Accessing Bookmarks

Bookmark Hotkeys/Shortcuts

Bible Markup File

Chapter 5: The Verse List Feature – Saving Verses

Navigating Verse Lists

Changing Verse Lists

Creating a Verse List and Adding Verses

Adding a Verse from a Verse List

Deleting a Verse from a Verse List

Sorting Verses in a Verse List

Viewing Verse Lists

Quickly Adding a Verse to a Verse List

Creating a Verse List from a Search

Updating a Verse List

Adding a Verse from a Verse List

Deleting a Verse from a Verse List

Sorting Verses in a Verse List

Deleting Verse Lists

Chapter 6: Printing in e-Sword

The Print Preview Window

Printing Bible Chapters

Printing Selected Verses and Chapters

Printing from the Editors Window

Printing from the Commentaries

Printing from the Dictionaries Window

Printing from the Reference Library Window

Printing Bible Reading

Printing Daily Devotions

Printing Prayer Lists

Printing with the STEP Reader

Chapter 7: The Commentaries Window

Using Commentaries

When to Synchronize/Unsynchronize a Commentary

Selecting Between Verse, Book, and Chapter Comments

Viewing “Next Comment” and “Previous Comment”

Viewing Commentary Information

Viewing All Commentary Entries – Birds Eye View

Searching a Commentary

Searching More Than One Commentary Simultaneously

Chapter 8: Introduction to the Editors

New Editor Features in e-Sword 10

Editor Hotkeys

Using the Editor – Word Processing

Find (Ctrl-F), Replace (Ctrl-R), Go To (Ctrl-G)

Spell Check (F7)

Thesaurus (Shift-F7)

Cut (Ctrl-X), Copy (Ctrl-C), Paste (Ctrl-V)

Pasting Formatted Text (F11 Toggle)

Undo (Ctrl-Z) and Redo (Ctrl-Y)

Insert Bookmark

Insert Hyperlink

Insert Table

Dragging Table Boundaries

Table Properties (Table Settings)

Adjusting Rows and Columns

Insert Picture

Image Attributes

Header and Footer

Page Layout

Show/Hide Formatting Symbols

Font Selection and Size

Bold (Ctrl- B), Italic (Ctrl-I), Underline (Ctrl-U)

Font Color


Format Scripture Tooltip (Ctrl-J)

Align Left, Align Center (Ctrl-E), Align Right, Justify

Numbering and Bullets

Bullets and Numbering Format

Indent Paragraph (CTRL-TAB) and Outdent Paragraph (SHIFT-TAB)

Format Paragraph



Page Break

Save Notes

Understanding Where the Editors Read Notes Files.

How to Backup Your Notes - Advanced

Storing/Sharing Your Notes on DropBox.com

Chapter 9: Journal Notes

Viewing Journal Notes

Creating a Journal Note

Editing a Journal Note

Deleting a Journal Note

Viewing All Journal Notes – Overview

Searching Journal Notes

Additional Search Options Wheel

Copying from the Bible to Your Journal Notes

Copying from Other Windows to Journal Notes

Copying the Entire Text

Copying an Excerpt

Importing and Exporting Journal Notes

To import a file:

To export a Journal note:

Managing More than One Journal Notes File - Advanced

Creating a New Journal Notes File

Opening a Journal Notes File

Changing Where e-Sword Reads Journal Notes - Advanced

Chapter 10: The Study Notes

Viewing Study Notes

Viewing All Study Notes

Viewing a Specific Study Note

Creating a Study Note

Editing a Study Note

Deleting a Study Note

Viewing All Study Notes – Birds Eye View

Searching Study Notes

Additional Search Options Wheel

Copying from the Bible to Your Study Notes

Copying from Other Windows to Study Notes

Copying the Entire Text

Copying an Excerpt

Importing and Exporting Study Notes

To import a file:

To export a Study note:

Managing More than One Study Notes File - Advanced

Creating a New Study Notes File

Opening a Study Notes File

Changing Where e-Sword Reads Study Notes - Advanced

Chapter 11: Topic Notes

Viewing Resources: Topic Editor or Reference Library?

e-Sword 9 Users: Can’t Find your Topic Notes?

Viewing Your Topic Notes

Creating a Topic Note

Editing a Topic Note

Optimizing Topic Notes Files with Images

How Image Bloat Happens

Removing Image Bloat

Deleting a Topic Note

Searching Topic Notes

Additional Search Options Wheel

Copying from the Bible to Your Topic Notes

Copying from Other Windows to Topic Notes

Copying the Entire Text

Copying an Excerpt

Importing and Exporting Topic Notes

To import a file:

To export a Topic note:

Managing More than One Topic Notes File - Advanced

Creating a New Topic Notes File

Opening a Topic Notes File

Changing Where e-Sword Reads Topic Notes - Advanced

Reference Library (.REFX) Files

When to Use Reference Book Files

Why Convert to Reference Book Files Then?

How to Convert Topic Notes to Reference Book Format

Chapter 12: The Dictionaries Window

Using Dictionaries

Topics List and Performance

Quick Lookup Inside the Dictionary

Viewing Dictionary Search History

Viewing Strong’s Number Definitions in the Dictionary Window

Strong’s Number Basics

Searching a Dictionary

Searching More Than One Dictionary Simultaneously

Chapter 13: Reference Library

Viewing Resources: Topic Editor or Reference Library?

Why Can’t I View Topic Notes Files in the Reference Library?

Opening the Reference Library

Reference Library: Background, Foreground, Resizing

Viewing Resources in the Reference Library

Filtering Resources in the Reference Library

Searching the Reference Library - Basic

Additional Search Options Wheel

Searching the Reference Library - Advanced

Extended Search - Multiple Reference Books

Search Summary

Paste Into Topic Notes

Highlighting Text

Chapter 14: The Bible Reading Plan

Opening Bible Reading Plans

Using Bible Reading Plans

Previous Reading and Next Reading

Incrementing the Reading Plan Progress Bar

View Chapter as Paragraph

Changing Bible Reading Plans

Creating a Bible Reading Plan

Show at Startup

Chapter 15: Daily Devotions

Opening the Daily Devotions

Using the Daily Devotions

Show Devotions at Startup

Chapter 16: Prayer Requests

Opening Prayer Requests

Viewing Prayer Requests

Adding Prayer Requests

Editing or Deleting a Prayer Request

Managing Prayer Request Files

Creating Prayer Request Files

Loading Prayer Request Files

Show Prayer Requests at Startup

Chapter 17: Scripture Memory

Opening Scripture Memory

Viewing Verses to Memorize

Adding Scripture Memory

Editing or Deleting a Memory Verse

Testing Memory Verses

Associate Reference Test

Fill In The Blanks

Word Position

First Letter

Managing Memory Verse Files

Creating Memory Verse Files

Loading Memory Verse Files

Show Memory Verses at Startup

Chapter 18: SermonAudio.com

Opening the SermonAudio.com Window

Listening to a Sermon

Learning More About the Speaker or Sermon

Using the Sermon Player

Listening to Sermons On Different Verses

Sorting Sermons By Heading

Adjusting the Width of Heading Columns

Chapter 19: Sermon Illustrations

Unlocking Sermon Illustrations

Opening Sermon Illustrations

Viewing and Copying Sermon Illustrations

Filtering Sermon Illustrations

Adding Sermon Illustrations

Editing or Deleting a Sermon Illustration

Chapter 20: The Graphics Viewer

Opening the Graphics Viewer

Viewing Graphics

Selecting Graphics within the Graphic File

Panning Graphics

Resizing Graphics

Copying Graphics

Chapter 21: The STEP Reader

Opening The STEP Reader

Viewing STEP Books

Pasting Into Notes

Searching STEP Books

Chapter 22: Searching e-Sword Using Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions

Conventions Used in this Chapter

Lesson 1: Case sensitive; Characters found anywhere

Lesson 2: Literal vs. Special Meaning Characters

Lesson 3: Word Boundaries

Lesson 4: Dot Character

Lesson 5: Brackets “[]”

Lesson 6: Range of characters “-”

Lesson 7: Caret “^”

Lesson 8: Word Characters “\w”

Lesson 9: Non-Word Characters “\W”

Lesson 10: Pipe Character “|” and Parenthesis “()”

Lesson 11: Digit “\d”

Lesson 12: Quantifiers "*", "+", and "?"

Lesson 13: Curly brackets “{}”

Lesson 14: Beginning Verse Anchor “^”

Lesson 15: Ending Verse Anchor “$”

Lesson 16: Putting It All Together with Useful Examples

Example 1: Verses Starting/Ending with a Specific Characters

Example 2: Finding Words Beginning/Ending with Specific Characters

Example 3: Finding Verses Only If They Contain Two+ Specific Words.

Example 4: Finding “Wildcard” Verses References.

Example 5: Finding a Verse with Words in Proximity to other Words.

Reference Information on Regular Expressions.

Thank you for making this tutorial available in pdf format. This is truly an answer to prayer as a result of many inquiries and complaints about an up to date documentation for e-Sword. You do not realize just how important this is to those who I given e-Sword to.

e-Sword once was a program that was so simple and easy to use one really didn't need a help file or even a tutorial manual. But since the event of the 9x series, many things have changed, and there have been a number of new additions made to the program. And so the how to questions have grown in e-Sword, and the program has become somewhat complex to use, and now there is an actual learning curve to it.

So again, a real great big thank you for this edition of the manual. God love you heaps for it.

Stephen (Php 1:21).
Yes, dittos to Stephen's post :) I just downloaded the PDF to be able to read on my laptop here and there and catch up with all that e-Sword can do. A valuable resource, thank you for your time and effort, it is a blessing, as it has already answered some of my questions :)

I just wanted to say thanks - this PDF is great! I have a friend over in SE Asia that I sent a copy to and they loved it. :)

VERY simple to understand and the photo's are wonderful. This is a real service to the eSword community and Christ's Body.

Thanks Again, lg
Ps. 90.17

I'm sorry if i'm mistaken, but the manual for download is still version 1.1. with 83 pages.
Good grief! Thanks for pointing that out. I don't know why the new upload didn't save properly. I deleted the old version and uploaded the new version.
Great ! Thanks, Got the updated manual v.9.1.1 now.

Looks really good. Many thanks to Sarah and you, Josh.
This version looks a lot better. Very professional, this is a plus for esword and for BibleSupport.com.... I am going to give a copy of this pdf with the free copies of esword i give away.
Great manual, but none of the Regex examples work (using 9.91). Granted, I'm new to the regex seaqrch syntax, but copying and pasting the examples given returns no results at all.

As it turns out, Regex doesn't work in extended search. One version at a time, if you please.
Correct, you have to use Regex examples in the Regex search...
Josh, ditto what Stephen's post. This is easily read and understood by even the computer illiterate like me...lol. Thank you so much.

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