Logos 5: Set New Defaults for Note Text

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

During a break at a recent Camp Logos event, one of the students asked how to change the default text used in a Note document. He wanted more default options than appear in Program Settings, located on the Tools menu.

Here’s a nice little feature that allows you to select whatever font, size, and style of text you want to use in your Notes.

First, a summary of the steps listed below:

You can use the formatting bar on a Note file to select default font, size, and style, but the cursor CANNOT be in the Title or Content box when you do so. If the cursor is in one of the text boxes, your selections change only the text in that box, not the defaults.

Here’s how to change the defaults:


  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • Click Add note on the Note file toolbar, which: (A)
    • Creates a Title and Content box (B)
    • Activates the formatting toolbar on the Note file (C)
    • Places the cursor in the Note file
  • Click in the Command box, which removes the cursor from the Note file (D)

  • From the formatting toolbar on the Note file, select your desired font, size, and style—these selections are now the new defaults (E)
  • Click Add Note (F) to start using the new defaults (G)


  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • From the formatting toolbar on the Note file, select your desired font, size, and style—these selections are now the new defaults (H)
  • Click Add Note (I) to start using the new defaults (J)

If you like this power-user trick, you’ll enjoy all the features of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual volumes 1 and 2.

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2 Responses to “Logos 5: Set New Defaults for Note Text”

  1. K Robert Schmitt April 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    One feature I would like to see related to notes is to be able to have a highlighting style linked to each note file. I know I can set the style feature for notes when I am working but it is a ‘universal’ highlighting style that is set. It will remain on “Blue Star, blue highlighting pen” even if I switch note files.

    There are times like when I am working in scripture in Year C Luke cycle that I have two or more note files open: Greek Tranlation notes (Bright purple square), Greek Notes (light purple square), Gospel of Luke notes (Bright blue square), Sermon notes 2013 (Gold square) etc. If the pen is set it tries to do the same thing in various note files. I use different colors and with Logos 5 symbols to differentiate my notes in the text. Right now I have to change them each time I make a note in a file. If the note highlighting style was linked to that note file Simple choice buttons like font and size ..then when I indicated the note would go in that file the style would automatically occur in the text.

    I believe this can be done since something similar is happenning with Faithlife where it always comes in as a Green Comment icon and does appear in my texts whenever I add a faithlife comment. BTW I wish just the opposite for faithlife…I wish we could use various symbols, colors, and styles in faithlife so as leader my comments are different from group participants.

    Come on programers I know you can do it!
    Logos staff is welcome to contact me via email about this request.
    The Rev. Dr. K. Robert Schmitt

  2. Cheryl Gay August 29, 2013 at 6:19 am #

    Is there any way to open a Note at the most recent entry instead of having to scroll to the bottom each time to find the most recent entry?

    Could this be an option added to the Program Settings Menu or each individual note?

    Would anyone else find this useful?
    Eager to find out.