By default, this feature is greyed out. You can buy a database of 4,000 sermon illustrations from e-Sword.net.
But what if you want to make your own?
1. Copy this file to your e-Sword installation folder. Depending on your version of Windows, this folder is:
C:\Program Files (x86)\e-Sword
illustrations.illx 3K 505 downloads
2. Restart e-Sword. Click Tools > Sermon Illustrations in e-Sword to use this feature.
3. Sermon Illustrations are divided into two sections (or tabs): Sermon Illustrations and Illustration Maintenance.
Note: The above screenshot is from the purchased database. You will start with a blank database.
4. When you add a sermon from the Illustration Maintenance tab, be sure to type in your Category name (none will be available to select).