DON'S FREEWARE CORNER - OCT 2020
GOSPEL LIBRARY IN WINDOWS 10
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GOSPEL LIBRARY IN WINDOWS 10
©2020 Donald R. Snow - Last updated 2020-10-06.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has produced a very
helpful app, GOSPEL LIBRARY, for studying the scriptures,
General Conference talks, Church magazines, etc. Most of us
use it on mobile devices, i.e. smartphones and tablets, since i
t is portable and can be taken to Church and used anywhere.
It also has the Church hymns in it and, with the
Coronavirus-Covid-19 pandemic, we use our mobile devices
instead of hymn books at Church. Besides all the written
items, and they are many, you can set up and make your own
notes in notebooks, so you can record your own impressions and
ideas and even do your daily journal there, if you want.
The programming for GOSPEL LIBRARY is all done by volunteers and
is constantly being upgraded with new features. For my own
use, I have been making notes as I read things and I now have
more than 4000 notes in several hundred notebooks. Over the
last few years I have worked out a system of writing the
notes, so they are informative and searchable to me. For some
time I have been trying to find ways to sort them so that
similar items sort near each other and only recently learned
a way to do that. To sort them on a mobile device the only
way is to do it "by hand" and for me that's unacceptable.
However, there is a computer app of GOSPEL LIBRARY in Windows
10 and it links to your notes with your LDS account. The computer
app has more features and has other ways to sort notes. That's
what this Freeware Corner article is about.
GOSPEL LIBRARY AND THE BETA VERSION IN WINDOWS 10
To install the GOSPEL LIBRARY app on your computer,
go to https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/?lang=eng (lds.org
still works and is easier to remember and use).
Under LIBRARIES click on GOSPEL LIBRARY and follow the
instructions. The programmers are working on this constantly
and invite anyone interested to use the new beta version and
send them information on how it works and their suggestions.
It has a few additional features over the Windows 10 version
and is available from the Micrfosoft Store at
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/gospel-library-beta/9wzdncrdfdcd?activetab=pivot:overviewtab .The beta version works well, but is extemely slow so I don't use it very much. An article about both versions is on the Church Tech Wiki at
https://tech.churchofjesuschrist.org/wiki/Gospel_Library_for_Windows_10 . To see which version you are using, if you have installed both,
go to the Settings icon (gear icon on left side), then
About. At the top it will say GOSPEL LIBRARY or GOSPEL LIBRARY BETA.
The beta version has new features as they are developed and they
would like feedback and suggestions.
GOSPEL GOSPEL LIBRARY IN WINDOWS 10 HOME PAGE
SIGNING IN WITH EITHER COMPUTER VERSION OF GOSPEL LIBRARY
When you open either version, regular or beta, if you want
to use your scriptures, markings, bookmarks, and notes, click
on the Settings icon (gear in the left hand side) and at the
top, click on Church Acct. Type in your LDS account name and
password and let it "sync" (synchronize) so it copies all your
scripture markings, bookmarks, notes, etc. This may take a
few minutes depending on how many you have. When finished,
a chart comes up listing how many notes, scripture markings,
bookmarks, etc., and the date of the last "sync" on that machine.
I don't know if it updates automatically, so whenever I start
using it on my computer, I go to the Settings icon and update
it manually, so I know I'm working with the latest version of
everything I've done on any device. I've noticed that my
bookmarks are updated on my computer, but not on my other
mobile devices; that is, only the notes, markings, etc., but
not the bookmarks, are updated on my other mobile devices.
GOSPEL GOSPEL LIBRARY IN WINDOWS 10 SETTINGS
MY NOTE SYSTEM FOR GOSPEL LIBRARY
Over the last several years I have been using the electronic
versions of the scriptures and discovered that my scripture
markings from clear back in 2013 were all in there and I wasn't
even aware of it. Over the years, I've developed a system of
writing notes so they are helpful and searchable. and I keep
adding ideas to it. Here is the basic idea. I highlight
the scripture or statement and in the box that comes up I
select the color and method of marking it. Then I click
on Note and write the note pertaining to that scripture or
quote. The first line is for the title and it is in bold font.
My titles are usually [Keyword] - [More info]. I sometimes
use a code letter, e.g. Q, to indicate a question. On the
content lines I start with the date that I am makhing the note
and write it in International Date Format YYYY-MM-DD (or
YYYY.MM.DD, since the hyphen is not on my mobile keyboard),
and then the rest of the information about the note. I include
the date since every time you edit a note, the date is changed
to the edit date, not the original date, and I want to keep
track of when I first made that note. You've noticed that
Come Follow Me asks you to record your thoughts and impressions
about what you are reading and thinking and this is an easy way
to do that.
WORKING WITH NOTES IN GOSPEL LIBRARY IN WNDOWS 10
Whenever you edit a note, it jumps to the top of the list with
the current date on it, so they don't stay in any helpful order.
Because I have so many notes, I wrote to the feedback address
asking if there is any way to sort the notes on a mobile device
and the answer is no, except "by hand", and I didn't want to do
that with all 4000 of my notes. However, they told me that in
the Windows 10 GOSPEL LIBRARY app, there is a way to sort them.
So now I've started being more careful in the way I write my
notes and going back and editing earlier ones, so they sort
the way I want. I checked that the sorting you do in Windows 10
does remain when you next sync to your mobile devices. Wonderful!
So, to use this, decide how you want to order your notes and write
them in that fashion and then sort them in Windows 10. Tags can also be entered for each note.
You can include the note is as many notebooks as you want and, since I have so many notebooks (several hundred), I keep the ones I'm using near the top of the stack. I do this by using digits in front
of the notebook name. For example, when I'm studying the Book of Mormon, I use 0-BofM and 0-BofM Nephi 3, so these are at the top and are easy to select. When I work with the Doctrine and Covenants, 0-D&C will be at the top.
The notebooks are easy to rename, so just changing the digit in front moves them. The same idea works with tags. It is
also easy to search for notebook and tags, and I use that, too.
The screenshots show some of these ideas. By the way, the color
of the bar hjas the note title in Windows 10 and the color
is the color of the highlighting in the scripture or magazine. These are
easily changed to whatever colors you want, either on your mobile device or on your computer.
EDITIING NOTES IN GOSPEL LIBRARY IN WINDOWS 10
Editing your notes in Windows 10 has some helpful procedure.
Go to the Annotate icon (on the left side, looks like a piece
of paper with a pen on it), open the notebook you want, and click
on Notes. You'll see your notes open down the screen with the
titles in colored bars iwith the colors being the color of the
highlighting in your scriptures or magazine. Near the
right end of the color bar is a pencil icon which is the
iccn to click for editing the note. It opens the note in a
window and you can edit the title and/or content. Change
color of the bar and marking by clicking on the color box (near
top right). I've found that some colors on the bar make it so I
can't read the title due to my poor eyesight, so I've been changing
to lighter colors.
GOSPEL LIBRARY IN WINDOWS 10 EDITING NOTES
SORTING NOTES IN GOSPEL LIBRARY IN WINDOWS 10
Here's the way to sort notes in Windows 10. Click on the
Annotate icon (left side, looks like piece of paper with a pen
on it). Then click on the notebook you want to sort and click
on Notes. You'll see a menu under that with AZ, Newest, Oldest,
A-Z, and Z-A. Each gives a way to sort your notes by their
titles or edit dates. I've been using the A - Z since
that puts my notes in keyword order, but you can select whichever
way makes sense to you. Once they are sorted, that sort remains
so that when you re-sync on your other devices, the notes are
in that order. So, if you want to sort your notes in some way, you
need a naming system for the note titles. Of course if
you only have a few notes, sorting is not important. I've been
going back over my notes and relabeling and retagging them so they
are more helpful to me now. And going back over them helps me
review my impressions and questions.
There is a User Guide in the Windows versions which you may find
helpful. To get to it go to the Settings (gear icon on left
side), then Help & Feedback. You'll probably want to
"start small" with the Windows 10 versions of GOSPEL LIBRARY
and try editing a couple of your notes, since it takes time
to learn your way around. The Church has done a remarkable
job of helping us in our gospel study and for preparing
classes and talks. You can set up a notebook for a lesson or
talk you have to give and keep track of your ideas, scriptures,
and quotes in it.
I hope you find this helpful.