Logos 4: Quickly Open a Dictionary

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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.

While reading books as a boy, I constantly came to words I didn’t understand. When I asked my parents or teachers for help, the standard reply was, "Look up the word in a dictionary." And you know the rest, ". . . because if I told you the answer you wouldn’t learn anything for yourself."

You probably have similar memories. The truth is, as adults we still need to look up words in a dictionary. You’ll be happy to know Logos makes that process very simple.

As you come to English words in a Bible, commentary, devotional, or most any Logos resource, simply double click the word. Logos will then open the first prioritized dictionary it finds with an entry for your word! The double click is the shortcut for looking up your word.

To set the book that normally opens:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize
  • Drag over from the left, an English dictionary or Bible dictionary to the Prefer these resources list on the right

You can prioritize as many dictionaries as you want, just make sure your favorite is the first dictionary in the list.

For example, prioritize Easton’s Bible Dictionary and then double click Barnabas in Acts 4.36. Easton’s immediately opens to the article for Barnabas!


  1. Philip Havens says

    How can this be performed on a Mac version 4 of Logos? Thank you.

  2. Hi Philip,
    It works the same way for Mac. Open the Library and select the Prioritize view (top-right of the new window). Now in the search box type: dictionary. Then just click and drag the titles on the left that you want prioritized to the column on the right.
    Note: When clicking, don’t click on the actual text (resource title) or image of a resource. Click on the blue space that appears when you mouse over a resource.

  3. Michael Lusk of Nashville says

    I wanted to ask, if you wanted to use 2 or 3 dictionaries, I understand how to put them in the Prioritize list, but how would you get them to show up when you double click the word you wanted to check out? Thanks…Michael

  4. Hi Michael,
    Thanks for the question. Only the first prioritized resource will appear when you double click on a word, provided it contains information on the word. To quickly move to your next prioritized resource, you can simply hit the right arrow on your keyboard (on PC) or Command + right arrow (on Mac). This will allow you to cycle through your dictionaries in the order you have prioritized them.
    Another way to do so is to click the plus ( + ) symbol that appears directly to the right of the tab of your opened resource’s title. This will not only show you thumb images of additional dictionaries, but it will also show you a list of dictionaries in your prioritized order.

  5. John Overstreet says

    Greetings !
    I’ve got the Mac version and am having troubles staying on screen 2 in the daily mail you send us.
    Any movement of the mouse seems to bring the screen back to page 1 ! Are you receiving any other comments relative to this interesting issue?
    Thanks !

  6. Hi John,
    Thanks for the comment. No, I haven’t received any feedback related to this. If you continue to have the same issue, please contact Customer Support at 800-875-6467 so they can find out what is happening.