Logos 4: Hide Preferred Bible Section on Home Page

Today’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 and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsIn your Logos library, you have dozens of Bibles.  Among these, you obviously have your favorite Bible which is called your Preferred Bible in Logos. In the ribbon (narrow band at the top) of the Home Page you can designate your Preferred Bible which looks up cross references as you study with Logos resources.
 
After designating your Preferred Bible, you’re probably not going to change it very often (if at all), so you don’t need to see the Choose preferred Bible section in the ribbon. It is taking up valuable space which could be used to display a Prayer List or Reading Plan. Here’s how easy it is to hide the Choose preferred Bible section:

  • Choose the Customize menu in the lower left corner of the Home Page (1)
  • Uncheck the box Choose preferred Bible in the Features section of the menu (2)

Logos 4: Hide Choose Preferred Bible

That’s it. That section will remain hidden in the ribbon until you check this box again!

What is your preferred Bible? Let us know by leaving a comment with your favorite verse using your preferred Bible translation.

Logos 4: Clear Your Desktop with One Click

mp|seminars TipsLast Monday’s blog, “Quickly Clean Up a Messy Desktop,” generated some good discussion. One particular comment, given by a Mr. Joe Bella, gave another user a tip for clearing their screen using the Close all command.

We give many tips and shortcuts throughout Camp Logos and in the Camp Logos LIVE DVDs, and this is one of those tips!

There will be times when you are using Logos 4 that you’ll want to clear all of the open resources, tools, and guides that are open on your screen. You can either close each panel individually or use a shortcut:

  • In the Command box, type close all

If you press Enter, the screen will clear. But what if you wanted that command on your Shortcuts bar?

  • Type close all in the Command box (do not press Enter) (See image 1.)
  • Click and drag the Close all command to your Shortcuts bar (See image 2.)

Image 1:

Close-All Toolbar

Image 2:

Close-All Toolbar

You’ll now see a Close all icon on your Shortcuts bar. Whenever you want to clear your screen, just click the icon!

Close-All Toolbar

Do you use your Shortcuts toolbar? If yes, what are some of your favorite shortcuts? Let us know by leaving us a comment.

Logos 4: Quickly Clean Up a Messy Desktop

mp|seminars TipsWhen I primarily studied with print books, I normally spread them out on my desk and quite often “lost” resources as they became buried under others. Where is that commentary? I know it was here a minute ago. I’m sure you can relate.

If we’re not careful the same thing can happen with Logos. We get lost in study and pretty soon we have numerous Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries and the like, all scattered about on the Logos desktop. We may lose valuable study time with a cluttered desk.

Well, help is on the way. If you want to quickly clean up that messy desktop try this:

  • Choose the Layouts menu
  • Click one of the prearranged layouts (the light gray boxes) in the lower left of the menu
Logos 4: Layouts

Logos 4: Layouts

Please notice that Logos tries its best to organize your open resources, placing Bibles with Bibles, commentaries with commentaries, and so on. I only wish someone would do that with my print books on my desk!

What do you think about the preset Layouts? Do you use them, or do you create your own? Let us know by leaving us a comment. Then, feel free to share your Layout with others by uploading a screen capture to Facebook and tagging Logos!

Logos 4: Copy Images from a Resource

mp|seminars TipsDo you ever come across an image in a resource and think it would be nice to use it in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation? Or within a Word document? Accomplishing that is just a right click away:

  • Open a resource to a location with an image, such as The Bible Knowledge Commentary to Genesis 10:1, where you find an graphic depicting part of Noah’s family tree.
  • Right click on the image.
  • Select Image from the right menu.
  • Select one of the options such as Send to PowerPoint, Send to Keynote, or Copy (of course if you click Copy you’ll have to navigate to a document and execute a Paste).

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: Noah's Family

Have you used an image from Logos in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation recently? Or are you going to now that you know how easy it is? If so, leave us a comment and let us know which image. Then feel free to upload it to Facebook and tag Logos!

Logos 4: Spacebar Equals Page Down

mp|seminars TipsAs you read through Logos resources, you can “turn the pages” by using the Page Down key on the keyboard. If you’re like me though, sometimes it’s hard to find that little key or keep your finger on it as you move through a resource. Here’s a little trick I always use:

  • Press the Spacebar which is the same as Page Down. I can always find that big key on the keyboard!
  • Need to retrace your steps with Page Up? That’s simply Shift + Spacebar.

These simple shortcuts save me valuable time as I work my way through a resource.

What is your favorite Logos 4 shortcut? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Open Files from the Command Box

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Today’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.

 

On the File menu in Logos you can create all sorts of documents: Notes, Visual Filters, Prayer Lists, etc. After a while you will have a long list of documents on the File menu so finding the one you want to open may be challenging. Here is but one way among many to quickly open a document from the long list:

  • Let’s say you created a Passage List called Adoption Verses
  • In the Command box type Open Adoption
  • Click Open Passage List named Adoption Verses from the drop down list of commands

The document opens without your ever having to go to the File menu!

What file type do you commonly use? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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.