This article explains how prioritizing works and demonstrates how to set preferences for particular resources.
Note: Although your resource prioritization will impact your experience on the desktop, web, and mobile versions of Verbum, you can only manage your resource prioritization in the Verbum desktop application.
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How Prioritizing Resources Works
Prioritizing resources allows you to access your preferred resources first in different areas of Verbum (e.g. Top Bibles, Guides, pop-up menus within resources, lookups, etc).
- You prefer a particular commentary series and want to see those resources first when you use a Passage Guide.
- You prefer a particular dictionary or lexicon and want Verbum to open that resource when you double-click a word.
- You want to set a preferred Bible version.
- You want to edit the Bibles that appear in the Top Bibles search.
Choosing What to Prioritize
Verbum prioritization is based on references or indices as opposed to page numbers. Therefore, you’ll get the most benefit by prioritizing resources that are organized by headings other than page numbers (such as Bible reference, word/topic entry, devotional date, etc.).
You can see examples of this by looking at the reference bar in the resource panel. The first two panels show searchable index resources, while the third panel shows a resource that is only indexed by page number.
A helpful way to think about this is to ask yourself, “How would I look up information in this resource?” You typically look up information in dictionaries by word or in commentaries by Bible reference, not by page number. Prioritizing resources works best with reference works like Bibles, dictionaries, and commentaries. It is not intended to work with resources like systematic theologies.
Prioritizing and Search Results
Prioritizing resources does not affect results in the Search tool (such as Bible, Books, Morph, or Clause searches). The reason for this is that Verbum search results have their own sorting options (Ranked, By resource, and By count).
- Right-click the Library icon and select Open in a new tab or Open in a floating window.
- Open the Prefer these resources panel by opening the Library panel menu and clicking Prioritize Resources.
- Select the resource(s) you want to prioritize. (To select multiple resources, hold Ctrl in Windows or Cmd in macOS and click the desired resources.)
- Drag your resource(s) from the Library to the prioritization list.
Note: You can also right-click your resource(s) and click Prioritize this resource (or Prioritize these resources) to add them to the bottom of the prioritization list.
Tip: You may add additional titles to this list by dragging and dropping them into the panel. If a resource is part of a series and you only want to add one volume, press and hold Ctrl (macOS and Windows) while you click and drag the resource.
Note: To remove a title from the list, right-click the title and select Remove from this list.
Drag your resources within the panel to set your desired priority level.
Tip: It is helpful to keep titles of the same type together in this list (e.g. Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, etc.).
- Verbum now displays, accesses, and opens resources in the order that you have selected.
Prioritized Resources in Action
Your preferred Bible, which is your highest prioritized Bible, appears whenever you hover your cursor over a biblical reference, or when you click one. In the example below, the highest prioritized Bible is the NIV.
Prioritizing Commentaries affects where they appear in Guides. The panel on the left shows a Passage Guide in which the Bible Speaks Today series is low in the prioritization list. The panel on the right shows the same Passage Guide after the series has been moved to the top of the list.
Prioritizing Lexicons affects which ones are used when you study a word (either from the Context Menu or by double-clicking it). This affects the order in which lexicons are shown in the context menu and in Guides.
Prioritizing Dictionaries similarly affects the order in which these resources are used when you look up a word, as well as in the Dictionaries section of the Factbook.
Advanced prioritization allows you to decide when and how to apply resource prioritization. This enables you to limit the prioritization to a particular type of resource, a range of biblical text, or by the resource itself.
Applying advanced prioritization means you are restricting how often Verbum prioritizes a resource. For this reason, you want to place these resources higher on your list. This means that Verbum will check to see if the rules apply to open this resource before it moves on to other priorities which will have broader parameters.
To apply advanced prioritization:
- Right-click a resource in the Prefer these resources panel and select the option Set prioritization limits (advanced).
- This opens a menu below the resource showing three additional ways to further prioritize this resource:
- Of this type
- In this range
- From this resource
- Use the dropdown menus to reveal options for prioritizing this resource.
Prioritizing by type
Setting advanced prioritization by type allows you to prefer a resource for particular types of uses.
You may want to use a particular lexicon only when you click a Strong’s number.
- From the drop-down menu, select Greek Strong’s Number.
- Now, whenever you click a Greek Strong’s number in Verbum, it opens the lexicon you prioritized. However, in all other situations, it uses the next prioritized lexicon.
Prioritizing by range
Setting advanced prioritization by range allows you to prefer a resource for particular ranges of biblical text.
You may prefer to use a particular commentary series for Paul’s letters. Rather than add and prioritize each commentary individually, you can set a priority for the series.
- In the type box, select Bible. This tells Verbum what kind of search this applies to.
- In the range box, enter the range of Scripture you want to prioritize (e.g. Romans-Philemon).
- When you open a Passage Guide, Verbum prioritizes this series for any passage in Paul’s letters but not for other passages. For example:
Prioritizing by resource
Setting advanced prioritization by resource allows you to prefer a particular resource for lookups within a specified resource.
You prefer to use a different lexicon when working with the Septuagint than when you are studying Greek New Testament texts.
- In the type box, select Greek. This tells Verbum what kind of search this applies to.
- In the resource box, enter the name of the resource you wish to prioritize the lexicon for or scroll through the list to find the one you want.
- When you click a word in the specified resource, Verbum uses the prioritized lexicon. For all other resources, the next prioritized lexicon is used.
Remember: Because advanced prioritization is highly specific, such prioritizations should be higher in the list than more general ones of the same type.