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General Operations

Below are a list of instructions on how to navigate through PC Study Bible and making changes to match your personal preferences.

Video Tutorials

Each Version 5 program has a file which will play the Video tutorial for how to work in this Version. The Version 4 Video Tutorial come in the bonus CD, 50 Titles by 17 Authors. If you don't have this disc already, then you can get it for the cost of shipping and handling through Customer Service. For contact information, click here Biblesoft:CustomerService.

Navigations

Large Icons

  • Back and Forward - These are great to use when you have to move to a Translation or title specifically using the Navigation Panel.
  • Bibles - Click here to open a Bible. Your defaulted translation is the first that comes up, but you can change that by clicking on the translation that appears. Also, you can put a check mark in provided box to display the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Parallel of the Gospel and Kings/Chronicles(available in the Features Plus) or show the Extra-Canonical books in any translation with the Apocrypha
  • Concordance - This is where you can search for a word or phrase in a specific translation. You can even customize the search perimeters.
  • Topics and Commentaries - These icons drop down lists of the different titles for those categories. Topics contains Encyclopedias and Dictionaries.
  • Greek/Hebrew - You can access any title dealing with the original language including any Interlinear Bible, Strong's Number, Greek/Hebrew Dictionaries or Lexicons if you have one of our higher libraries. If you have the Greek Morphological Search, then you can find this search under the Greek/Hebrew icon.
  • Books - All the General Books, any title that can't be found under any of the other catergories in this PC Study Bible, that we sell can be found under this icon.
  • Media - This contains Maps, Photos, Timelines and Music.
  • Library - If you need to find a title in your program, this is the best place to look along with other information such as the Author or Editors and where you can find the title. You will see some title appear twice in this list, then know it is because the title can be found in 2 different place in PC Study Bible.
  • Copy, Clear and Print - These three icons are self explanatory. Copy will appear when you have highlighted text allowing you to copy the text into your computers Clipboard. Clear will clear out anything you have added to your clipboard. Print will print out any selection your cursor is at the front of.

To get PC Study Bible to open on the Devotionals:

  1. Open PC Study Bible.
  2. If it takes you to the last place you exited on, take your cursor to the panel on the Left hand side; this is called the Navigation Panel.
  3. Click on the white triangle pointing down.
  4. Click on Desktop that appears in the list, it should be at the bottom.
  5. At the bottom of the Navigation Panel, you will see 3 items you can check mark.
  6. Make sure RESTORE DEFAULT ON STARTUP is not checked.
  7. Close down PC Study Bible and open it again to see if the Devotional has come up.

To Save/ Restore your Desktop:

  1. After your program is open, click on Options at the top.
  2. Click on Preferences.
  3. Click on Desktop.
  4. Make sure there are check marks in the box next to where it says Auto Save and Auto Restore.
  5. Click on Save to keep these changes.
  6. Try it out by closing and reopening PC Study Bible.

How to keep tabs from changing:

  1. Open PC Study Bible if not open already.
  2. Click on Options.
  3. Click on Preferences and a window will appear.
  4. In the list on the left, scroll down until you see Interface.
  5. Click on Interface and in the area to the right, look for the section called Tabs.
  6. In this section, go to Tab position and click on the box that says Left.
  7. A list will appear allowing you to change where the first tab goes; click on None.
  8. Click on Save to save the changes.
  9. To test it out, open a series of tabs and when you go to click on one, make sure it doesn't move.

To change the Hover Feature:

  1. Open PC Study Bible.
  2. Click on Options in the upper left area.
  3. Click on Preferences.
  4. Click on Hover.
  5. Here you can change the delay in having the Hover show up, the size and whether or not the Control Key is needed to show the Hover Window.

How to Make, Copy and Move over My Personal Notes:

To make a new note under My Personal Notes or to correct a message stating you have a different version of My Personal Notes installed::

  1. Click on the Commentary icon at the top of the screen
  2. Click on My Personal Notes
  3. Put in the desired verse
  4. Enter in your notes
  5. Click on the Save changes and exit mode icon at the bottom

Use the instructions below to make a copy of your Personal Notes:

If you make a new note at least once a week, then saving the information to a thumb\flash drive will work, but remember that thumb\flash sticks are not as reliable as a CD or DVD.

  1. Place the thumb\flash stick into the USB port or the CD\DVD into the disc drive.
  2. In the Auto play window that comes up, select Open Folder to view files in you use a stick or Burn files to disc if you use a disc.
  3. Note – If you use a disc, then you will be asked “How do you want to use this disc?”; use whatever method that is selected first and click on Next.

  4. A folder will come up as a window.
  5. Click on Start.
  6. Click on Computer.
  7. Click on the C Drive, this may also say OS.
  8. Double Click on Program Files or Program Files (x86) if you are running a 64 bit system.
  9. Double Click on Biblesoft.
  10. Double Click on PC Study Bible.
  11. Double Click on RefWorks.
  12. Look for a file called Default.j4l and one called Default.snb if you are using a Version 5 and Default.jdr if you are using a Version 4 or earlier.
  13. Right click on the files.
  14. Click on Send to and a list will appear.
  15. You want to send this file to the empty CD\DVD, depending on what the drive is called will determine what option you need to click on. Commonly, a disc or thumb stick will be the last item in the last.
  16. Go to the first window that came up and see if the file Default.j4l is in there.
  17. Note – Continue to step 16 if you are burning a disc.

  18. Once the file is in the window for the CD\DVD, right click in an open space in the window.
  19. Click on Burn to disc.
  20. Click on Next making sure not to change anything.
  21. Once the file has finished, you will see a message saying “You have successfully burned your files to the discs”.
  22. Click on Finish to close this window.

Getting the right Default.j4l file:

Apparently, Windows Vista and 7 have a tendency to save Personal Notes to a RefWorks folder in a completely different place then the Biblesoft Program Files folder.

To find the right Default.j4l file:

  1. Click on the Start Menu.
  2. In the space that says Search programs and files type in Default.j4l making sure not to hit on the Enter key.
  3. Instead, click where it says See more results.
  4. A window will appear, more then likely with the j4l file you have been accessing showing up at the top because you have been accessing a specific place for the file. This file is not the one you are looking for.
  5. Look for something that says Search again in and click on Computer which will be under that.
  6. This will start a new Search for Default.j4l, but be careful to not click on anything that comes up with a magnifying glass next to the file name; this indicates that it is a Search. Also, make sure that you don't click on the file that has Recent in the path; that indicates a file you have already been accessing.
  7. The file you are looking for has a path that starts out like: C:\Users\(computers name)\AppData\ .
  8. You will want to open any file that starts up this way in it's own window. I have seen paths that start out this way, but end in the Recent folder. Because you will more then likely only see the beginning of the path, I recommend opening any file in it's own window that has this same beginning.
  9. You can right click and select Open File Location at the bottom of the list that appears and close any windows that does not end in RefWorks\Default.j4l.

Saving the Highlighting Settings for the Biblesoft Features Plus Version 5.2:

When you set a Highlight in a Bible Translation, the information gets saved to a file that ends in the .j4x extension. The name of the file is the same as the name of file used for the Bible Translation. For example, the file name for the King James Version is kjv; when you set a highlight in the King James Version, a file called kjv.j4x gets created and that is the file you want to back up when you go to save your Highlights.
The instructions below will only work for PC Study Bible running the Features Plus Version 5.2(https://biblesoft.com/products/665-biblesofb00636-biblesoft-features-plus.html).

    First, determine the name of the file used for the translation your Highlights are a part of:
  1. When PC Study Bible is open, click on the Library Icon.
  2. Scroll down to the title you don't need and right click that title.
  3. Click on Information, if you click on Delete Reference Work, then at some point the title may show up again because it wasn't deleted from the right place.
  4. Click on the "General" tab.
  5. Go down to where it say, "File Path"; this will show you where you need to go to delete the file information.
  6. The file name is the information after the last \, this will come after RefWorks. For example, the path will appear like C:\Program Files (x86)\Biblesoft\PC Study Bible\RefWorks\kjv.jix or kjv.jsr.
  7. Note: If there is some confusion on step 6, then that will be clarified towards the end of instructions below.

  8. Make a note of this file name and start with the instructions directly under these.

Use the instructions below to save the file with your Highlights.

  1. Place the thumb\flash stick into the USB port or the CD\DVD into the disc drive.
  2. In the Auto play window that comes up, select Open Folder to view files in you use a stick or Burn files to disc if you use a disc.
  3. Note – If you use a disc, then you will be asked “How do you want to use this disc?”; use whatever method that is selected first and click on Next.

  4. A folder will come up as a window.
  5. Click on Start.
  6. Click on Computer.
  7. Click on the C Drive, this may also say OS.
  8. Double Click on Program Files or Program Files (x86) if you are running a 64 bit system.
  9. Double Click on Biblesoft.
  10. Double Click on PC Study Bible.
  11. Double Click on RefWorks.
  12. Look for a file name you noted; you may see 3 files with this same name.
  13. Right click ONLY on the file that ends in .j4x.
  14. Click on Send to and a list will appear.
  15. You want to send this file to the empty CD\DVD, depending on what the drive is called will determine what option you need to click on. Commonly, a disc or thumb stick will be the last item in the last.
  16. Go to the first window that came up and see if the file you selected is there is in there.
  17. Note – Continue to step 16 if you are burning a disc.

  18. Once the file is in the window for the CD\DVD, right click in an open space in the window.
  19. Click on Burn to disc.
  20. Click on Next making sure not to change anything.
  21. Once the file has finished, you will see a message saying “You have successfully burned your files to the discs”.
  22. Click on Finish to close this window.

Append Mode:

This option, selected from the CLIPBOARD drop down menu on the PC Study Bible menu bar, allows you to copy more than one item to the clipboard at a time. In other words, if you send to the clipboard, you can also send without erasing the verse from John. Both verses are in your clipboard now, ready to be pasted elsewhere. Just remember: after you paste them, the information is still stored in your clipboard until you erase it. The icon with an eraser over a clipboard will delete the contents of the clipboard.

If you are getting a message about Append Mode, then you can go to the Clipboard under your programs Preferences to change these settings.

Preference Changes

To set your Default Bible:

  1. Open PC Study Bible.
  2. Click on Options at the top left of the program screen.
  3. Click on Setup Helper.
  4. Click on Next and the Bible list will appear.
  5. Scroll through the list and click on your preferred Bible Translation to highlight it.
  6. Under the list, click on the arrow pointing up repeatedly to move the move the Bible to the top.
  7. When done, click on End helper to close this window and save your changes.
  8. Click on the Bible icon and make sure your preferred Bible has been set.

The Setup Helper can change other common settings in PC Study Bible such as Text Size and Color, Background Color, Abbreviations and more. There is a common problem with the Setup Helper freezing your program and if you come across that problem, then there are others ways to make changes to your program.

If that doesn't work then you can set your Default Bible this way:

  1. Open PC Study Bible.
  2. Click on Options at the top left of the program screen.
  3. Click on Reorganize Existing Material; a window will appear with a list on the left.
  4. Click on the Plus sign next to where it says Bible; there may be symbols that show up in or around the word which is normal.
  5. Scroll through the list and click on your preferred Bible Translation to highlight it.
  6. Next to the list, click on the arrow pointing up repeatedly to move the move the Bible to the top.
  7. When done, click on Close to save the changes and close this window.

Resizing Text: There are two way to resize the font for the Bibles, Commentary, Dictionaries and General Books in PC Study Bible:

  1. Open the text you want to resize.
  2. Click on Options.
  3. Click on Text Styles, here you can choose the desired size by sliding the bar to the left or right.
  4. You should see the text change automatically.
    • Note for Version 4 Users – You have limited choices here so if you find the size is not comfortable to view, then continue to step 5
    • Note for Version 5 Users – If you have found your desired text size, click on Okay to exit out of Text Styles Window
  5. Click on Okay if you find the right Font Size or continue to step 6 for a more in depth way.
  6. Click on Advance.
  7. Note – A good technical rule to follow when going into areas called Advance, is to try not to go off on your own unless you know what you are doing.

  8. Scroll through the list that appears on the left for "Normal" and highlight it.
  9. Look to the right for the Font size and increase it to a size that is comfortable to view (you can also change the color here too).
  10. Click on the floppy disc at the bottom to save and you should see the text change automatically.
  11. Click Okay to exit out of the two windows that are open.
  12. Click on the Bible icon and make sure your preferred Bible has been set.

To make the Bible Verse appear as a paragraphs:

  1. Click to make sure you are in the pane with your Bible, this is not necessary if the open tab is only a Bible.
  2. Click on Bible at the top of the program screen.
  3. Go down to Paragraphing.
  4. If there is a check mark, then click Paragraphing to make the check mark go away.
  5. You will see the change automatically.

Or you will need to try these steps:

  1. Click to make sure you are in the pane with your Bible, this is not necessary if the open tab is only a Bible.
  2. Click on Options located at the top of your program.
  3. Click on Preferences.
  4. Click on 2.1 Compatibility.
  5. Put a check mark next to One verse per paragraph.
  6. Click on Save.

To get rid of the paperclip icon:

  1. Open PC Study Bible if not open already.
  2. Click on Options.
  3. Click on Preferences.
  4. Scroll down until you see something called Reference works.
  5. In the list of titles, scroll through until you come to My Personal Notes and click to select this title.
  6. Once the titles is highlighted, look for something called Show icon in Bible Pane and click the box next to it to remove the check mark.
  7. Click on Save.
  8. Once the changes have taken place, you will need to close any tab with a Bible open and reopen them to make sure the icons don't show up. If you shut down your program and then reopen it, you can double click on the Return to where you last exited to see if the icons are removed.

Copying and Pasting from PC Study Bible:

To copy text from PC Study Bible into a word processor:

  1. Highlight the desired text in PC Study Bible.
  2. Click on the Copy icon at the top of the program.
  3. After you have gotten a message that says “Append to clipboard complete”, go into your word processor.
  4. Paste the text by clicking on the Paste icon, click on Edit at the top and click on Paste or holding down the “Ctrl” and “V” keys on your keyboard.

Copying in Rich Text Format(RTF):

If you want the text to look the same in your word processor as it does in PC Study Bible, then try setting your Clipboard to Provide RTF(Rich Text Format):
This setting allows Colors, Word of Christ and font styles to paste into your word document as they appear in PC Study Bible. This setting also needs to be applied if you plan on pasting over the Greek or Hebrew Characters into your word document.

  1. Open PC Study Bible if it is not already.
  2. Click on Options in the top left area.
  3. Click on Preferences.
  4. Click on Clipboard.
  5. Put a check in the box next to where it says, “Provide RTF”.
  6. Click on Save to save your changes.

To copy a selection as RTF:

  1. Click on the Clear icon to clear out your clipboard.
  2. Highlight a selection of text.
  3. Right click the highlighted material.
  4. Click on “Other actions”.
  5. Click on “Copy selection as RTF”.
  6. After getting a message about the text appended to clipboard, paste the selection into your word processor.

When using Microsoft Works, you will need to make sure the Provide RTF is turned off in order to paste normally.

Pasting in Plain Text:

If your word document has the text style you want for the text you copy over, then you can turn off Provide RTF(Rich Text Format):

  1. Open PC Study Bible if it is not already.
  2. Click on Options in the top left area.
  3. Click on Preferences.
  4. Click on Clipboard.
  5. Click your cursor in the box next to where it says, “Provide RTF” to take out the check mark.
  6. Click on Save to save your changes.

To copy a selection as plain text:

  1. Click on the Clear icon to clear out your clipboard.
  2. Highlight a selection of text.
  3. Right click the highlighted material.
  4. Click on “Other actions”.
  5. Click on “Copy selection as plain text”.
  6. After getting a message about the text appended to clipboard, paste the selection into your word processor.

When using Microsoft Works, you will need to make sure the Provide RTF is turned off in order to paste normally.

Tracking miles in a Map:

You can track miles in one of PC Study Bible maps by using the steps below:

  1. Open up PC Study Bible if it is not open already.
  2. Click on the Media icon at the top.
  3. Take your cursor to Maps and a secondary list will appear.
  4. Left click on the Map you want to use to bring it up.
  5. Put your cursor on the location you want to start tracking miles.
  6. Hold down the Shift key.
  7. Press and hold the left button on your mouse and move your mouse to the location you want to end the tracking on.
  8. For example - if you want to track the miles between Beersheba to Hebron, then you would hold down the shift key and the left button on your mouse at Beersheba, then drag your mouse to Hebron and the miles will appear.