Notes Tool

If you have questions about switching from the Notes system in Verbum 7 and earlier to the Notes tool in Verbum 8, please review this FAQ.


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 

Anchor notes and highlights

Navigating the Notes tool

Search for notes and highlights


Visual filters

Filter your resource by notes or highlights

Delete a note or highlight

Additional resources


Open the Notes tool

You can open the Notes tool from the Tools menu, or by creating a new note via the Context menu.


From the Tools menu

  1. Click Tools > Content > Notes or click Tools and begin typing notes in the Tools search box.




From the Context menu

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

  2. Right-click your selection, then select Add a note from the bottom left of the Context menu. The Notes tool will open in a new panel.



Create notes and highlights 

You can create both notes and highlights using the notes tool. Highlights call out a section of text, whereas 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 will create a note that is not anchored to your selection.)  

A new pane in the Notes tool will appear where you can type the content of your note. The formatting toolbar allows you to format your note in a variety of ways.

Note: Verbum automatically takes the first line of the note as the note title.




You can also create a new note by right-clicking on a selection and selecting Add a note in the context menu.

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


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 (that the note is anchored to, e.g. the ESV)
  • Data type
  • Date created
  • Date modified
  • Author

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



Notebooks (referred to in earlier versions as Notes documents) are collections of notes that you create.


To create a note within a notebook:

  1. Selecting 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.


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

  1. Open the note

  2. Click the Notebook Screen_Shot_2018-11-29_at_10.56.48_AM.png icon, or click and drag the note to the desired notebook.


Note: A note assigned to a notebook will display the title of the notebook in the note editor panel.



You can also assign tags to a note. Search for these tags using the filter view in the navigation menu, or use the search box in the toolbar of the Notes tool. 


Anchor notes and highlights

Anchoring a note or highlight connects it to one or more locations in a resource. For example, anchoring a note to John 15:4 means that a link to that note will appear whenever you have that passage open (if you have the Notes and highlights visual filter enabled). 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.


Navigating the Notes tool

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 may display options to create a New note, New note on selected text, or Highlight selected text. To browse saved notes, click the navigation menu button  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 iconfor 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 that match 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 text of that note. You can enter and edit notes in the text entry field, and assign tags to the note by clicking into the Add tags... field at the bottom of the panel.



Search for notes and highlights

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.





Notebooks (referred to in earlier versions of Verbum as Notes documents) are groups of notes that have been 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.

You can create a new notebook by selecting the notebook view in the navigation menu, then clicking the plus icon.

You can 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 of your notes and highlights can be displayed within your resources by toggling the visual filters display on. Notice that this menu also includes the option to display or hide community notes from your Faithlife Groups.

  1. Click the Visual Filters icon .

  2. Scroll down to the Notes Tool section.

  3. Select the boxes for the Notes you want to display.



Filter your resource by notes or highlights

You 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.

  3. Click the notes icon Screen_Shot_2018-11-30_at_9.38.03_AM.png.

  4. Select the note filter, tag, or notebook you want to apply. Your resource will display only those words, phrases, or passages on which you've created a note or highlight.


Delete a note or highlight

To delete a note or highlight:

  1. Select the note or highlight.

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




Additional resources

Verbum Help: Notes Tool

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