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Tips for using the My Library dialog

Tips for using the My Library dialog

The My Library dialog is the card catalog for your digital library, where you can see a complete list the books that are available for use in your system. You can also organize your books in various categories so that they are easy to access when you need them.

To Open Books

Open the My Library dialog from the   button in the toolbar.

There are several preset options in the first drop-down menu, Collections. You will usually want to see All unlocked resources, in other words, all the books that are available for use in your library. The collection All locked resources will show you books that have been included on your disks but are not part of the collections you have purchased. If you see something you like you can unlock it in Tools | Unlock Resources.

You can organize the books by Author, Title, Subject or All. Although all these categories have their uses, the most useful one is usually Title. In this list you see all the titles of your books in alphabetical order. A click on any title will always open the book on the right side of your workspace. Each time you open a book the My Library dialog closes automatically. If you want to keep this dialog open while you open several books, check the box on the bottom right labeled Keep Open. With this option checked the dialog will stay open until you close it.

Note

When you open a book from the My Library dialog the book window always opens in the right half of the workspace. If you open several books the windows will pile up on top of each other. To move a book window to a different location, click on the blue title bar at the top of the window and drag it to a new location. Alternatively you can go to the Window menu and select the book title from the list of all open windows, which will bring it to the front. Libronix also has a feature called Stacked Window Tabs, which adds a button for each stacked window. See more about Stacked Window Tabs in the Power Tools article.

To Find a Title

Depending on the size of your collection, the list of books in My Library can be long and sometimes it can be time consuming to find a specific title. The good news is that you can use the Find text box to limit the list of books to the title or titles you need. Simply type a word or a part of a word in the title you are looking for, and while you write the list of books will automatically limit itself to the titles that contain that text.

For example, if you type Bible in Find you will only see a list of all the titles that have the word Bible in them (of course, this is not a list of all the Bibles in your Library, since not all Bibles include that word in their title). All you have to remember is one word of the title of the book. Type it in Find and you will see the book listed with other books that include the same word or text in their titles.

You can also write the name of an author in the Find box. In the Scholar’s Library, for example, there are three books by Oswald Chambers. If you have that collection, simply type cham and the My Library list will be limited to those three titles. Use this method to find titles and authors in any of the lists. In other words, you can write the name of an author when the list is arranged by Title or vice-versa.

Abbreviations

The Find text box will also recognize common abbreviations. If you write niv, the list in My Library will be limited to the New International Version. Here is a list of some of the important abbreviations in Libronix:

kjv - King James Version
niv - New International Version
nas - New American Standard Version
esv - English Standard Version
ncv - New Century Version
nlt - New Living Translation
na27 - Nestle-Aland Greek NT
na27int - Nestle-Aland Greek NT Interlinear
lxx - Septuagint
bhs - Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia
tdnt - Theological Dictionary of the NT
twot - Theological Wordbook of the OT
nbd - New Bible Dictionary

Use Only Primary Titles

Most books are listed multiple times in My Library. For example, the New International Version is listed with two titles:

The New International Version
NIV (The New International Version)

This duplication does not mean that you have two different versions of the book or two different files for this book on your computer. Each book includes multiple titles to allow for different ways of listing books in different Libronix tools. But with all these duplicate and sometimes triplicate titles it can be hard to find what we are looking for. This is why Libronix gives you the option to display only the primary titles of books in My Library.

  1. Go to Tools | Options | General | Interface.
  2. Check the option "Use Only Primary Resource Titles in My Library" and click OK.  Now go back to My Library and you will only see one title for each book.

The Right-Click MenuThe Right-Click Menu in My Library

You can execute several commands by right-clicking on a book title in the My Library list:

  • Open simply opens the book. This is the same as clicking on the title with the left mouse button.
  • Open in New Window. Use this option if you have already opened a book in one window and you want to open the same book in a second window. This can be useful for comparing different passages in the same version of the Bible.
  • Search This Resource opens a search dialog appropriate to that resource (Bible search for Bibles, basic search for other books), configured for a search in that book only.
  • About This Resource shows information about the digital edition of the book. This information includes a list of search fields, data types, and the location of the book file(s) on your computer.
  • Copy Citation to Clipboard copies the bibliographic data for a book to your clipboard. After selecting this option go to a word processor and chose Edit | Paste to copy the citation to that document. 

Last Updated: 12/14/2007