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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:

Mac:

  • 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)

PC:

  • 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.

Logos 5: Difference between Highlighting and Visual Filters

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.

On more than one occasion, I’ve been asked questions similar to this:

I’ve discovered the Highlighting feature on the Tools menu and marked up the word love with the red highlighter pen. The challenge is that the red highlights show up in only one Bible. I want love to be highlighted in all my Bibles. How do I do that?

The key to this question is understanding the difference between Highlighting and another feature, Visual Filters.

The Highlighting feature marks up text in only one resource at a time. On the other hand, a Visual Filter is a search in as many resources as you want—one in which you tell Logos how to highlight the results!

This means you can search all your Bibles at once for the word love, and then select how you want the word highlighted in all your Bibles.

Let’s create this simple Visual Filter:

  • Choose Documents | Visual Filter (VF)
  • Name the VF something like English Words VF (A)
  • Select Bible as the search type (B)
  • Select All Bibles from the dropdown list (C)
  • Select All Passages from the dropdown list (D)
  • Type the word love in the Find box (E)
  • Select Red Highlighter from the Formatting list (F)

  • Open any English Bible to see the word love marked up in red (G)

  • Add as many additional words or phrases as you’d like—place phrases in quotation marks, like “in Christ” (H)

Just remember, if you want a highlighting style to automatically mark up text in multiple resources, you want to use a VF, not the Highlighting tool.

If you liked this tip, you’ll enjoy the newly released Logos Training Manuals volumes 1 and 2, which together provide easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for the vast majority of Logos features.

Logos 5: Locate Imperatives in 2 Timothy

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.

A few days ago, a Logos user emailed me the following question:

For a sermon on April 21, I would like to find all the commands in 2 Timothy. How do I do a search in the Greek for all the imperatives in this letter?

Here’s my response, with easy-to-follow instructions so you can locate those same commands:

  • Open the Search panel
  • Select Morph as the search type (A)
  • Select a Bible that contains the reverse interlinear option, like the ESV, from the dropdown list (B)
  • Select Logos Greek Morphology from the dropdown list (C)
  • Create a 2 Timothy verse range
    • Click the verse range dropdown list (D)
    • Type 2 Tim. in the New reference range box (E)
    • Click Save (F)

  • Type the @ symbol in the Find box (G)
  • Select Verb from the Part of Speech menu (H)
  • Select Imperative in the Mood column (I)
  • Click outside the menu to close it and save @V??M in the Find box
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search

  • Click Aligned when the search results appear (J)
  • Notice 33 results in 25 verses (ESV) (K)
  • Click a Bible reference to jump to that location (L)

 

Logos 5: Logos and Knox Theological Seminary

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.

I, along with other Logos users, recently had the privilege of sitting at the feet of master preacher and communicator Dr. Haddon Robinson. What an honor to listen to his biblical insights as we participated in the course “The Art of Expository Preaching,” part of the Knox / Logos DMin program. We were transformed into sponges as Dr. Robinson guided us through numerous passages, carefully exposing the text’s “big idea.” If you’re not familiar with the Knox / Logos program, please check it out here.

Knox Seminary class

The icing on the cake was having Logos close at hand to check out cross-references and track down Hebrew and Greek words. For example, we examined Mark 4:35–41, in which Jesus calms the storm. Regarding v. 39, “And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!,’” Dr. Robinson asked, “Does this wording sound familiar to a previous event in Mark?”

Here’s what I did, and you can do, to answer that question:

  • Open a Bible with the reverse interlinear option, such as the ESV or LEB
  • Navigate to Mark 4:39 (A)
  • Right-click on the word rebuked (ESV) (B)
  • Select Lemma “the Greek word” (C) | Search this resource (D)

Image 1 for Right Mouse Searching steps

  • Click Aligned on the search panel to display the search hits in a center column (E)
  • Repeat the above search for the word still (ESV) (F)

Image 2 for Right Mouse Searching

These searches, locating all occurrences of the Greek lemmas regardless of how they’re translated in English, replace the Englishman’s Greek (and Hebrew) Concordance print editions that we lugged around.

Notice that Mark 1:25 contains the same words rebuke and be still as Jesus confronts an unclean spirit. Was this just an ordinary, “natural” storm in Mark 4? That’s what we wrestled with in class, and I’ll leave the answer to you.

The point I’m making is that Logos, even in the classroom, provides instant access to biblical information. Remember, don’t leave home without Logos!

 

Logos 5: Adjust Read Aloud Speed

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.

One of the most rewarding aspects of presenting Camp Logos training seminars around the globe is meeting Logos users. We have a great time discussing the Bible in the context of Logos Bible Software.

I also enjoy hearing which of the many Logos features is a person’s favorite. For one, it’s the Word by Word section in the Exegetical Guide. For another, it’s the Translation ring in Bible Word Study. And for another, it’s Copy Bible Verses on the Tools menu.

Here’s one that’s frequently mentioned that may surprise you: Read Aloud, located on the resource panel menu. In case you didn’t know, Logos will read many (but not all) of your books to you. This tool is listed among the favorites for various reasons:

  • Poor eyesight
  • Dyslexia
  • Eye fatigue

If you’ve never used this help, try this:

  • Open a resource such as the Lexham English Bible or Easton’s Bible Dictionary
  • Choose the panel menu on the resource
  • Select Read Aloud
  • Set back and enjoy the reading (A)
  • Notice the control buttons near the Layouts menu (B)

Adjust Reading Speed

To adjust the reading speed:

  • Click the number link on the control bar (four speeds are available) (C)

If you use this feature, please let us know why it’s helpful to you!

Logos 5: Labels for the “Prefer These Resources” List

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.

In Logos, we have a lot of books, but among those books we have our favorites. For example, we have a lot of Bibles, but we have our favorite Bibles. We designate our preferred books under the link “Prioritize”:

  • Open the Library.
  • Click Prioritize.
  • Drag books from the display area on the left to the Prefer these resources list on the right.

I encourage you to prioritize these types of books:

  • Bibles
  • Commentaries
  • Bible dictionaries
  • Hebrew dictionaries
  • Greek dictionaries
  • Daily devotionals
  • Lectionaries

Now, when Logos needs to list or open default books, it will use this list.

After prioritizing resources, you’ll discover a long list of books, one that may be challenging to read or edit. Regarding this, I’ve been asked numerous times if we can add labels or headers in the list to more quickly locate our Bibles or devotionals. Unfortunately, we can’t.

However, a friend of mine, Pastor Jeff Brown, recently shared this helpful work-around at Camp Logos Oklahoma City:

  • Create empty Personal Books (A) with titles for each type of book you want to prioritize. I suggest capitalizing the titles (B) and perhaps putting symbols in front of them (C) so they’ll stand out in the prioritized list
    • >>BIBLES
    • >>COMMENTARIES
    • >>BIBLE DICTIONARIES
    • >>HEBREW DICTIONARIES
    • >>GREEK DICTIONARIES
    • >>DAILY DEVOTIONALS
    • >>LECTIONARIES

  • Prioritize these Personal Books (D) so the titles actually become labels or headers in the preferred list of resources (E)
  • Place your actual prioritized books under the appropriate headings (F)

A big shout-out to Jeff Brown for this idea!

Logos 5: Active Layout

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.

For years, I’ve had the privilege of training people around the world how to get the most out of Logos Bible Software. At almost every seminar, I’m asked this question:

Is there an easy way to see which layout is currently open on the Logos desktop?

I’ve always had to answer no—until now. The recently released Logos 5.0b contains a feature known as Active Layout. Among other things, the Active Layout places layout names to the right of Logos Bible Software on the application title bar.

Try this:

  • Arrange your Logos desktop any way you like
  • Choose the Layouts menu
  • Click Save as named layout on the NOW snapshot (this is also a new 5.0b feature) (A)

  • Type a name in the text box
  • Press the Enter key to save the name
  • Close the Layouts menu
  • Close all panels on the desktop
  • Choose the Layouts menu
  • Click the name of your recently saved layout to load it (B)

  • Notice the name of your layout to the right of Logos Bible Software on the application title bar! (C)

 

If you like this Logos 5 feature, make sure to check out the What’s New in Logos 5 training DVD now on Pre-Pub.

 

Logos 5: What’s New in Logos 5

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.

I’m very privileged to be the authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. As such, you may think:

Morris has to be an enthusiastic cheerleader for whatever new feature Logos develops. Being excited about the software automatically comes with the training territory.

While I do eagerly try to apply most, if not all, of the Logos tools in my personal study, I must admit that my first reaction to Logos 5 was subdued. I liked the updated look with new icons, and I saw the new datasets, but I honestly asked myself if I would ever implement Logos 5′s new features in my study and sermon preparation. Was Logos 5 much ado about nothing?

Several months have passed since the initial release, and I now stand humbly corrected. The new Logos 5 features and datasets are incredible and practical!  There’s so much more to Logos 5 than just the new appearance.

I’ve used:

  • The Root word to help my understanding of restore in Galatians 6:1
  • The Bible Sense Lexicon to provide insights into beginning in Colossians 1:18
  • The Referent dataset to track down references to Barnabas
  • Biblical Events to discover verses (all throughout the Bible) that mention the Israelites crossing the Red Sea
  • The spreadsheet view of documents to organize my Logos files
  • Community Tags to be encouraged by Camp Logos 2 alumni applying the tagging system

So here’s my twofold encouragement:

  1. If you haven’t upgraded to Logos 5, please do so. You will not regret it.
  2. After upgrading, go to Tools | Bible Facts and build a report for a person, like David. The REFERRED TO AS section in the sidebar will more than justify your investment!

  3. If you’ve already upgraded to Logos 5, please place an order for the What’s New training DVD, which is now on Pre-Pub, but will ship very soon.
  4. This three-hour training disk focuses on the differences between Logos 4 and 5. In dozens of videos, placed in a hyperlinked menu and enhanced with highlighted screencasts, I personally walk you through Logos 5 features including:

  • Bible Sense Lexicon
  • Timeline
  • Bible Facts
  • Sermon Starter Guide
  • Topic Guide
  • Bibliography
  • Spreadsheet view of documents and guides
  • And much more

After investing three hours with this training guide, you’ll not only know but also use the new Logos 5 features.

See a sample video here.

If you prefer reading rather than watching, then please check out the What’s New Training Manual.

Logos 5: Sympathetic Highlighting

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.

A Logos user recently emailed the following to me:

When delivering a message on fellowship, pastors will often mention the “one another” verses as ways we are to serve/care/love one another (sometimes phrased as “one another,” as in “love one another,” and sometimes as “each other,” as in “bear each other’s burdens”).

I’d love to find a definitive list of all these verses. What’s the best way? I could do an English search, but that would vary per translation. Is there a way to do it using Greek?

Here’s my response:

You’re correct that the best search is in Greek rather than English. Let’s assume we don’t know any Greek, but want to search in Greek. Logos is here to help with a feature known as Sympathetic Highlighting:

  • Open an English Bible with the reverse interlinear option, like the ESV
  • Open a Greek Bible, like The Lexham Syntactic Greek NT 
  • Choose the panel menu on each Bible (A)
  • Select Link set A on each (B)

SH 1

  • Click the Visual Filters (three circles) icon on each Bible (C)
  • Select Sympathetic highlighting on each (D)

SH 2

  • Navigate to a “one another” verse, such as Romans 12:10, in one of the Bibles (E)
  • Select the phrase “one another” in the English Bible (F)
  • Notice that Logos automatically “highlights” the corresponding text in the Greek Bible (this is Sympathetic Highlighting) (G)
  • Note that this particular example is very interesting; the English phrase is actually only one word in Greek

SH 3

  • Right-click on the Greek word (H)
  • Select Lemma “the Greek word” | Search this resource (I)

SH 4

  • Notice that the search results are returned in Greek (J)
  • Click Verses on the search panel (K)
  • Click Add Versions on the search panel (L)

SH 5

  • Type abbreviations of desired Bibles in the Resources box to display the results both in Greek and in whatever English Bibles you want (separate multiple Bibles with commas) (M)
  • Press Enter to add the other Bible(s) to the display area

SH 6

I think this search will get most, if not all, of the “one another,” “each other,” etc., passages in the NT!

**If you like this Logos power-feature, you’ll enjoy the Camp Logos 2 DVD Training, in which Morris emphasizes original-language tools for the English student.

 

Logos 5: Search for Bible Facts in a Biblical Passage

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.

Bible Facts, located in the Tools menu in Logos 5, helps us investigate the Bible’s people, places, things, and events. You’ve probably discovered that you can enter text in its reference box to generate a report on a person, place, thing, or event.

You can also enter a biblical reference!

For example, imagine you’re studying Exodus 14, and you’d like to get an overview of that chapter’s people, places, things, and major events. Here’s all you do:

  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts
  • Type Exodus 14 in the reference box (A)
  • Note the dropdown list that appears, with all the subject matter from that chapter (B)
  • Select an item in the list to generate a report on it

I don’t know about you, but I like not having to type much!

 

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