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Logos 4: Update Logos on the Spur of the Moment

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

At Tools | Program Settings you can tell Logos when to search for and download updates.  You can also initiate an update any time you like:

  • Make sure you are connected to the internet
  • Type Update Now in the Command box
  • Press the Enter key
  • A popup “window” indicates if an update has been found
  • After the download completes, restart Logos to install the update

Remember to check your Logos Home Page for a description of any new features downloaded or a list of updated resources.

For those of you who have updated recently, leave us a comment and let us know what you think about the new update description reporting.

Logos 4: Configure the Reverse Interlinear Pane

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

One of the most significant resources Logos has ever produced is the reverse interlinear which takes English students back to original Hebrew and Greek words without the aid of Strong’s numbers. You may not know, though, you can easily configure the Bible’s interlinear pane for your specific needs:

  • Open an English Bible with the reverse interlinear option (ESV, NRSV, KJV, NKJV, NASB, or for NT only NLT, NIV, LEB)
  • Click the reverse interlinear icon on the Bible’s toolbar which places the reverse interlinear pane at the bottom of the panel
  • Right click on the word surface in the pane
  • Check/Uncheck the lines of information you wish to show/hide

This configuration remains even after closing and reopening the Bible!

Logos 4: Find OT Verses in the NT

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

A Logos user recently emailed this question to me:

If I wanted to find out where an O.T. book is quoted in the N.T. could it be done? For example, how would I find out all the places in the N.T. where any verse from Habakkuk is quoted?

You’ll be happy to know, a Logos resource supplies all the information so you don’t even have to conduct a search:

  • Open the Library
  • Type this in the Library’s Find box: type:harmony
  • Open the resource: OT Quotations and Allusions in the NT
  • Choose the panel menu on the resource
  • Select Show table of contents
  • Click a book of the Bible, like Habakkuk, in the table of contents

The resource displays the OT passage along with where it’s mentioned in the NT!

Logos 4: Display Basic Search Results Differently

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos
training seminars.

With the recent release of Logos 4.2a comes different ways to display Basic Search results. Here’s how:

Generate a Basic Search and select:

  • Ranked – to arrange the search results in order of relevance determined mainly (but not exclusively) by the number of hits compared to the total number of words in the article in which the hits were found .
  • By Title – to sort the search hits alphabetically by the name of the book then sequentially by chapter or article.
  • By Count – to display the search results in descending order according to the total number of occurrences in each resource.

Personally, I prefer viewing the results By Title because I like looking through a list books to locate just the specific results I need.

Logos 4: Read Your Books in Column Format

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos
training seminars.

One of the downsides to reading traditional print books is that the lines of text are usually very long. Our eyes are constantly moving from left to right and back  left again which slows us down. Newspaper articles, however, appear in columns with shorter lines of text. We read those articles up and down which increases our reading speed. We can now read our Logos books the same way with newspaper columns.

Here’s how:

  • Open a Logos resource such as a Bible or dictionary
  • Click the resource’s panel menu
  • Locate on the menu the option called Columns
  • Select the number of columns (1-5) you want to appear in the panel (Auto allows Logos to adjust the columns based on the width of the panel)

You can now read that resource just like a newspaper! To turn the pages, click the arrows in the lower right corner (lower left corner for right to left resources) of the panel.

Logos 4: Update Logos on Your Schedule

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos
training seminars.

As you probably know, the developers at Logos are constantly producing new software features to assist our Bible study. When they’re available, the program downloads an update. Sometimes, however, a download may start when you’re not quite ready for it. No worries. The developers just gave us a download scheduler so we can pick the best time to receive those enhancements:

  • Choose Tools | Program Settings
  • Select a time range to download from the two drop down lists near the top of the panel

You’ll also be happy to know that your Logos Bible Software Home Page will now contain release notes describing any new features you’ve downloaded. The developers not only give us new features, they now tell us what they are. Three cheers for the Logos development team!!!

Logos 4: Instant Large Print Books

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos
training seminars.

Since we’re a part of a big Logos family, I can be transparent with you. A short while ago it finally happened: I opened my Bible in the pulpit to read the passage for the sermon and I could barely see the text! Those reading glasses are coming sooner than I thought. With Logos, however, I can continue to delay the spectacles because the software allows us to produce instant large print books:

  • Choose Tools | Program Settings
  • Click the drop down list for Default Text Size in the Fonts section
  • Select a desired percentage (Hint: the older you are, the higher percentage you probably need)

All of the books in your library are suddenly large print! So simple, yet oh so helpful! If this little trick didn’t currently apply to you, please file it. Trust me you’ll need one day!

Logos 4: Open a Thesaurus in Logos

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

Sometimes as you’re using Logos to work on a Bible study lesson, sermon, or exegetical paper, you need a synonym for a word. For example, as you develop your document about Philippians 1.4 you discover you’ve used the word prayer numerous times. You’d like to insert a synonym for prayer, but is there a way to quickly find one in Logos? Yes!

First, prioritize a thesaurus in the Library:

  • Click the Library icon
  • Select Prioritize
  • Type thesaurus in the Library’s Find or search box
  • Right click on the title of the thesaurus
  • Select Prioritize this resource
  • Drag the thesaurus in the Prefer these resources list until it is within the top five of your English and Bible dictionaries

Second, open the thesaurus:

  • Right click on the word prayer in Philippians 1.4 in an English Bible
  • Select Selection prayer
  • Select the thesaurus from the list of books on the right menu

Notice that the resource opens right to an article about prayer where you discover synonyms such as appeal, petition, and plea!

Logos 4: Use a Passage in Biblical Things

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

Biblical Things in Logos 4 (Tools | Biblical Things) displays images from your library related to things or objects such as sheep, cornerstone, etc. Image you’re studying a passage like Ephesians 6 in which Paul mentioned a lot of things as he discussed the armor of God. You may get tired of typing each individual word into the report window. Here’s a tip to help out: Continue Reading…

Logos 4: Bookmark the Passage You’re Studying

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

I not only have the privilege of being the authorized Logos trainer, but I am also a Bible preacher-teacher. This means I use Logos for my own Bible study and sermon prep. Here is a little trick I incorporate into my Logos work: I always reserve Bookmark 1 for the passage I am investigating.

For example, if this week I am in Romans 6.1-11, I do this:

  • Open my ESV to Romans 6.1
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + 1 to set Bookmark 1 (Cmd + Shift + Option + 1 for Mac)

Then as I study the passage, I may leave Romans 6 to track down a cross reference or examine another topic. To quickly return home to this week’s passage, I simply press Ctrl + 1 (Cmd + 1 for Mac)!

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