Notes Tool


The Notes tool allows you to record your thoughts as you study, organize those thoughts into custom notebooks, and then recall what you’ve learned with faceted searching. With this fully cross-platform database you can access your notes on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, or the web. View your notes as a searchable list, use faceted browsing to filter the list so only the notes you want to see are displayed, or limit results to those addressing a particular book of the Bible.

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Open the Notes tool

Create Notes and Highlights

Add an Image to a Note

Organize Notes and Highlights

Anchor Notes and Highlights

Navigating the Notes Tool

Search for Notes and Highlights


Visual Filters

Filter Resources by Notes or Highlights

Delete a Note, Notebook, or Highlight

Undelete a Note, Notebook, or Highlight


Open the Notes tool

You can open the Notes tool from the Tools menu, by creating a new note using the Selection or Context menus, or click the link below:

Open the Notes Tool in Verbum


From the Tools menu

Click Tools and select Notes


Click Tools and begin typing notes in the Tools search box. Click Notes to open the tool.


From the Selection menu

  1. Select a word or range of text in any resource to display the Selection Menu.

  2. Click the Add a note button to open the Notes Tool and create a new note anchored to the selected text.


From the Context menu

  1. Select a word or range of text in any resource.

  2. Right-click your selection, select from the options on the left side (such as Selection, Reference, etc.), then click Add a note on the right side. The Notes tool opens in a new panel.


Create Notes and Highlights

In addition to the two methods of creating new notes explained above, you can also create both notes and highlights using the Notes tool. Highlights call out a section of text, and notes contain content that you’ve written. With text selected in a resource in one panel and the Notes tool open in another panel, click the dropdown arrow beside New note and select New note on selected text. (Clicking New note creates a note that is not anchored to your selection.)

A new pane appears in the Notes tool where you can type the content of your note. Verbum automatically assigns the note’s first line to the title. The formatting toolbar allows you to format your note in a variety of ways. Learn more about this toolbar below.


Note: When a notebook is selected in the Notes tool, new notes are automatically assigned to it. If a notebook is not selected, any new notes are not assigned to a notebook.


Create a note in a Notebook

Notebooks (previously Notes documents in earlier Verbum versions) are collections of notes you create. Learn more about creating Notebooks below.

To create a note within a notebook:

  1. Select the notebook in the Notes tool.

  2. Create the note using the New note button in the Notes tool or by using the Add a note function of the Context menu.


Note: You can also create a new note within a specific notebook through the Context Menu. Right-click your selection to open the Context Menu, expand the Add a note section, and select the Notebook you want to add your new note to.



With your text selected, use the following keyboard shortcuts to quickly add or remove annotations:

  • N – Creates a new note and opens the Notes Tool.

  • H – Applies the last used highlighting style (You can also use CTRL+K for Windows or Cmd+K for Mac).

  • R – Removes annotations.


Add an Image to a Note

  1. Click the Insert media icon .


  2. Select an image from one of the tabs—Your Media, Faithlife Stock, or Unsplash.


    Click Upload. Verbum opens a dialog box from your operating system. Select an image from a location on your computer and select OK.


    Click From URL. Paste a link from an online image in the command box and click Upload. (To obtain a link, Right-click an image on a webpage and select Copy image link; then paste the link using Ctrl+V for Windows or Cmd+V for Mac.)

  3. Click Insert. Verbum inserts the image into your note.


Note: Alternatively, you can also drag an image from your hard drive and drop it into a note. This will upload the image to Your Media and insert it into the body of the note. 


Organize notes and highlights


Verbum automatically assigns metadata to a note. This includes:

  • Biblical book (if the note is anchored to a biblical passage)

  • Resource (the note is anchored to, e.g. the ESV)

  • Data type

  • Date created

  • Date modified

  • Author

Use the filter view in the navigation panel to search for notes by their metadata.

To assign or move an existing note to a specific notebook:

  1. Open the note.

  2. Click the Notebook icon, or click and drag the note to the desired notebook.
    Note: A note assigned to a notebook displays the notebook title in the note editor panel.



You can also assign tags to your notes. Browse your tags by scrolling down to the Tags section of the Notes filter view, or use the filter find box to quickly limit the displayed notes to those that match a specific tag.


Anchor Notes and Highlights

Anchoring a note or highlight connects it to one or more locations in a resource. Verbum provides two options to anchor your note: to the Selection or to the Reference.


Access a note’s panel menu to show full anchor text or add an anchor. You can also click +Add Anchor within the note itself to attach the note to a particular Reference or selected text.


The Notes tool is made up of a toolbar, a collapsible navigation menu, a search results panel, and a note editor panel.



The panel toolbar features a search box to quickly search for particular notes and a New note button. When you’re interacting with a resource in another open panel, the arrow next to New note displays options to create a New note, New note on selected text, or Highlight selected text. To browse saved notes, click the Navigation menu icon to open the navigation menu.

Navigation Menu

The navigation menu shows two tabs: Filters and Notebooks . Use the Filters tab to view all notes grouped by: Type, Resource, Bible Book, Data Type, Notebook, Anchor, Modified, Created.


Use the Notebooks tab to create new notebooks or access existing notebooks along with their associated notes. Click the panel menu icon for each notebook to Rename, Delete, or Share it.

You can click Trash at the bottom of the menu to display notes and notebooks that have been deleted. Clicking any deleted item displays options to Permanently delete or Undelete the selected item at the bottom of the panel.


Search results panel

The search results panel lists all of the notes and highlights matching the search or filter criteria specified in the navigation menu.


Note editor

Each note features its own toolbar offering options for adjusting the note icon and color, assigning a highlight style, and applying a specific Palette.

Below the note’s toolbar, a full set of rich text controls are available to customize the note text. You can enter and edit notes in the text entry field. Although there are no icons for cut/copy/paste, you can do so using standard keyboard shortcuts, or by right-clicking in the note’s text field.


Tag Notes

You can assign tags to the note by clicking in the Add tags… field at the bottom of the panel. Begin typing and select from suggested options or finish typing your entry. Press Tab or Enter to complete the tag entry. You can search for tagged notes using the search box in the filter view of your Notes panel.


The Notes tool has two search boxes. The first, located in the toolbar, searches the content of all of your individual notes and highlights for your search term.

The second search box, located in the Navigation menu, allows you to quickly search for a filter to apply or for a Notebook (depending on whether the filters or notebook view is active in the menu).


Sort your notes

You can sort your notes based on a range of different criteria. To do so, click the Sort dropdown and select the desired sorting method.

Note: Available sorting options depend on what filters you have active. For example, in order to sort your notes by reference, you must have a biblical book filter selected. Hovering over a greyed-out sorting option shows a tooltip displaying the required filter.



Notebooks (referred to in earlier versions of Verbum as Notes documents) are groups of notes gathered together based on highlighting style, palette, topic, or other feature. It’s possible to have notes that are not connected to a notebook, just as it’s possible for notebooks to be empty.

Create a new notebook by selecting the notebook view in the navigation menu, then clicking the plus icon . Enter a unique name for your notebook and press Enter.

Create a note inside of a notebook by selecting the notebook in the Notes tool, then creating a note via the New note button, or from the Context menu. To assign an existing note to a notebook, click and drag it to the desired notebook.


Visual filters

All your notes and highlights can be displayed within your resources by toggling the Visual filters display on. Learn more about Visual filters.

  1. Click the Visual filters icon .
    Note: This menu also includes the option to display or hide community notes from your Faithlife Groups.

  2. Scroll down to the Notes and Highlights section.

  3. Check the box to display all your available Notes, or expand the menu and select the notebook(s) you want to display.


Corresponding Notes and Highlights

When reading a Bible or other resource with multiple versions, you can turn on Notes and Highlights (Corresponding). When toggled on, this option displays Notes and Highlights regardless of which version you added them to. As you can see in the example below, Bible verses are highlighted in the same style in both the ESV and NRSV, and it doesn’t matter which version the highlights were originally applied in.


Filter Resources by Notes or Highlights

You can set any resource to display only those places where you’ve taken a note or made a highlight. (This feature works similarly to the Passage list Visual filter.)

  1. Open the resource you want to view.

  2. Toggle the Navigation sidebar by clicking the Navigation icon .

  3. Click the Notes icon .

  4. Select the filter type (Highlights or Notes), Reference, Notebook, or Anchor you want to display. This limits the content in the resource’s main display to only the words, phrases, or passages on which you’ve added notes or highlights.


Delete a Note, Notebook, or Highlight

  1. To delete a note or highlight: Select the note, notebook, or highlight.

  2. Click the panel menu icon and select Delete this note.


Undelete a Note, Notebook, or Highlight

  1. Click the Trash icon at the bottom of the Notes panel.

  2. Select the note, notebook, or highlight that you want to restore and click Undelete. Verbum restores your selected item to its location in your resources.


  1. Click Done when you are finished.
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