16 Taking Notes on Verses
BibleWorks makes it easy for you to maintain collections of notes on each chapter and/or verse of Scripture. You can choose to maintain notes on a per verse or per chapter basis (or both).
When a note is loaded a file name will be constructed automatically from the current book and chapter (or current chapter and verse, if you are configured for verse-based notes). This note file will then be loaded into the Analysis Window in the Notes Tab. Notes are loaded automatically when you change verses. All you have to do is select the "User Notes" tab in the Analysis Window and start typing. Note files are saved automatically when the verse changes or you exit BibleWorks.
The top of the User Notes tab has a checkbox labeled "Chapter". If this box is checked user notes will be maintained on a per chapter basis. Otherwise each verse will have its own note file. You can change the mode at any time without loss of data. The tab label will have a letter "c" or "v" appended to the tab title if chapter or verse notes for the current verse exist. This enables you to see at a glance what is available even if the Notes tab is not the active tab. The left part of the User Notes window displays the file name for the currently loaded note.
The top of the User Notes tab has a checkbox labeled "Autoload". If this box is checked user notes will be loaded automatically when the verse in the Browse Window changes. Otherwise they must be loaded manually by clicking on the "Load" button to the right of the check box.
User notes are given an extension of BWW but they are actually standard RTF files and can be loaded into any Word Processor that can read RTF files. Some BibleWorks-specific features may not be transferred though. Using a BWW extension allows you to track and identify very easily which of your files are BibleWorks note files.
The default location for user notes is in the NOTES directory under the BibleWorks main directory specified when you installed BibleWorks.
You can change the location of the notes directory on the fly by clicking on the button in the Editor Button Bar. You can change it to an existing directory or click on the button to create a new notes directory. This enables you to maintain an unlimited number of note sets. Note that the note file that is being edited, including the directory, is shown in the text area above the User Note editing window. You will want to monitor this to make sure you know where your notes are being stored.
You can search all of the your notes in a specific notes directory at one time by clicking on the button on the Editor Button Bar. It permits you to search a specified path for files with an RTF or BWW extension and containing a specified phrase. Only English or Western European fonts are permitted at present.
If the specified phrase is located you will be shown a list of files where it was found. To load one of the files just click on the file name in the list.