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How Can I Change the Font Size of BibleWorks Displays?
Author: KB Admin Reference Number: AA-02853 Views: 20043 Created: 2012-08-05 19:00 Last Updated: 2015-06-15 14:52 0 Rating/ Voters
Font attributes, such as Size, for many windows in the BibleWorks program are configured in the Fonts panel of the BW Options Window.  In this window, one can choose the TypeFace (such as Times New Roman or Arial), the Size (measured in points) and Style (whether Normal, Bold or Italic).  There are three Font Sets in which settings can be made, each of which controls different parts of the program.  Font attributes for some parts of BibleWorks are configured elsewhere as well.

To configure the size of fonts in the Analysis Tab of the Analysis Window, the settings are part of the Browse Window Fonts set.  These will be adjusted as follows:
1. Open the BW Options Window (Tools > Options)
2. Open the Fonts window
a. In BibleWorks 5, 6 & 7, click the tab labeled 'Fonts' to bring it to the front.
b. In BibleWorks 8 & 9, click 'Fonts' in the index to the left so as to display that panel.

3. For Font Set to Edit choose BROWSE WINDOW FONTS (BW 7 and following) or RESULTS WINDOW FONTS (BW 6 and earlier). An extra column of settings controls will appear on the right-hand side of the Font Set grid, labeled either AW (for Analysis Window in BW 7 and following) or Auto (for Auto-Info Window).
4. Adjust the number (the point size) for each font type that is to be made larger or smaller in the Analysis Window.

Click here for a video that demonstrates the process in BibleWorks 9 and later versions.

The image below depicts the controls for this action in BibleWorks 8 and following. Some experimentation may be needed in order to achieve the desired results.


Font sizes in other tabbed panels of the Analysis Window are determined by the settings in the Search Window Fonts set.  Tabs here include Resources, X-Refs, Words, Context and Use.  For the Notes and Editor tabs there are separate configuration windows where font sizes can be adjusted.

Font sizes in resource windows, including module windows, present a different issue.  The font size in these cases is determined by attributes of the resource file, often as received by BibleWorks and not feasibly modifiable.  Font sizes in resource windows can be adjusted by accessing settings in Microsoft Internet Explorer, as described in this FAQ.  Another resource window modification option available to users of BibleWorks 9 and later versions is provided in this FAQ.  A significant set of display scaling features has been implemented in BibleWorks 10 and is described in this FAQ.

Finally, a measure that may provide some help is available to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.  This does not involve the adjustment of font sizes, but rather the magnification of the screen.  The feature introduced into Windows 7 is called "Zoom" and can be invoked with the use of the Windows key (located in the lower, left-hand area of the keyboard, between the CTRL and ALT keys) in coordination with the plus key or minus key.  Press and hold the Windows key, then hit the plus key.  The screen resolution will 'zoom' to a 200% viewing level.  By tapping the plus sign again (the Windows key is still held down) the view will zoom to 300%.  Hold the Windows key and tap the minus key to zoom back out.  Windows Zoom has three viewing options:  Full Screen, Lens and Docked.  While this is not a mode one may want to leave in place over an extended period, it provides the means by which small text on the screen can be magnified for easier view.

Some may decide to resort to making a change to the Windows display attributes, such as screen resolution.  Changing display size in Windows has several potentially undesirable side effects and is not recommended.  (A decrease in resolution produces larger features, but this result is seen in everything that displays, and is not restricted to BibleWorks.)   BibleWorks is undertaking a long-term effort to reformat its compiled resource files one by one to make sizes adjustable (among other formatting improvements), but the work is costly and slow.  Results will be incrementally distributed as reformatting is completed.

Last Updated: ELM/June 15, 2015