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#1 Josh Bond

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 05:26 PM

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 is 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. If you’re viewing this document in a PDF browser, the Table of Contents is available in the Bookmarks window. 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.

 

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

Apocrypha

Extended Bible Search - Multiple Translations

Search Results

Searching the Bible - Advanced

Copying and Printing Bible Searches

Printing

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

Highlight

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

Border

Columns

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.

 

 



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Posted 22 July 2011 - 12:23 PM

I printed this guide for some people in my church. Can you make a pdf version or some other way that prints with page numbers? We are using colorized tabs for sections right now since the print doesn't have page numbers.

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:16 PM

I printed this guide for some people in my church. Can you make a pdf version or some other way that prints with page numbers? We are using colorized tabs for sections right now since the print doesn't have page numbers.


You can copy and paste it into Word and number the pages.

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 08:19 AM

You can copy and paste it into Word and number the pages.

I think he wants a copy with the table of contents and page numbers in sync. I'll make a PDF.

Josh

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 11:05 AM

I think he wants a copy with the table of contents and page numbers in sync. I'll make a PDF.

Josh


I've already uploaded a PDF of the Unofficial User Manual in e-Sword documentation, as I didn't find a way to upload it to the tutorial section.
Please move it to the tutorials.
Thanks

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 11:54 AM

I've already uploaded a PDF of the Unofficial User Manual in e-Sword documentation, as I didn't find a way to upload it to the tutorial section.
Please move it to the tutorials.
Thanks

Yeah, sorry, I took it down because I'm working on a PDF that has the table of contents with pdf hyperlinks to the appropriate sections, page numbers, etc. The PDF will look best if generated from within Microsoft Word so that it retains the proper page layout. Also, when I exported to HTML, some sections were truncated. So I really need to generate a PDF (and regenerate the HTML for the tutorial section) from the Word source document. I'll get it done later today when the twins go down for nap.

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 03:14 PM

Alright, the newly created PDF is available here. It's ideal for printing, the page breaks flow nicely with the graphics and text, all pages are numbered, all table of contents lines are now clickable, the truncated text issues have been resolved, and a final spell check completed. I also added a distribution license and clarified the documentation is unofficial and not officially sanctioned by e-Sword (just so there's no confusion by anyone if the PDF is distributed elsewhere).

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:34 PM

Hey Josh,
Get ready for a bit of a shocker...

I dunno if its now the Official User's manual or if its still the unofficial one, but hey its also downloadable from e-Sword.net. Rick has it up on his training page. So, I guess its kinda now official. God's gotta be good, hey mate.

Blessings,
Stephen (Php 1:21).

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:37 PM

Wow, I didn't know he did that. Awesome, I'm thrilled that it's going to get so much more use now.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:45 PM


Wow, I didn't know he did that. Awesome, I'm thrilled that it's going to get so much more use now.


Me thinks that he's had a bit of a shocker. GLORY!!!

Blessings,
Stephen (Php 1:21)




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