Logos 4: Hierarchical Table of Contents

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 TipsWith the recent release of Logos 4.3 comes the Personal Books (PB)  tool, allowing you to transform your Word .docx files into Logos resources. You can now create as many books as you want from your sermon manuscripts, Bible study lessons, school papers, quiet time journals, recipes, or whatever text you want to view inside of Logos.

Our team at mpseminars has created numerous QuickClip training videos to help you get started building books. I also want to provide written instructions for you in several Monday blogs. Hopefully between the videos and blogs you’ll be well on your way in centralizing digital text in your Logos library.

A previous blog gave you the overview of building books so I’ll concentrate on helping you create .docx files that lead to great PB. Today I’ll show you how to create a hierarchical table of contents in your books.

Microsoft Word allows you to format text with nine headings or levels. Logos recognizes these headings and uses them to create a hierarchical table of contents when building PB. After compiling your PB, the table of  contents will look like this:

Heading 1

Heading 2

Heading 3

Heading 4


In case you’re not familiar with headings in Word, here’s all you do:

  • Select text in the .docx file that you want to make a major division in the table of contents
  • Choose the Home menu in Word
  • Click the Heading 1 button on Word’s toolbar
  • Select text in the .docx file that you want to make a section under the major division in the table of contents
  • Choose the Home menu in Word
  • Click the Heading 2 button on Word’s toolbar
  • Repeat these steps for as much text as you want in the .docx file

For example, let’s say you have a sermon manuscript or Bible study lesson that will become a PB.

The title of the manuscript or lesson would be Heading 1.

Each major point in the sermon or lesson would be Heading 2.

Each sub-point in the sermon or question in the lesson would be Heading 3.

You get the idea. After building your PB, click its panel menu and display your new hierarchical table of contents!


Now that the Personal Books tool has been live for a couple of weeks, how many Personal Books have you added to your library? Leave a comment letting us know the number of books you’ve added, and the book type (sermons, devotionals, prayer journals, etc.).


  1. I now have 2 of my own books in my library. I am impressed with how it works within my Logos library.
    They are two short discipleship books in Spanish.
    One answers 7 questions about the Baptist church. “Bases para la Iglesia Bautista La Molina”
    the other is 9 lessons on basic discipleship including the Bible, salvation, baptism, tithing, witnessing, etc. ” Una Invitacion especial” (para ser disciplo de Cristo)

  2. Bill Fiess says


    I seem to have a non-corrupt docx file which gives me an error message when I try to compile it. The error message reads: ERROR WHILE READING DOCUMENT. Any help on this?

  3. Claudio Popa says

    Hi. I just discover this wonderful tool (I sincerely ignored it when my Logos was update) . Today I thought to “let’s see what is this” and i was… …delighted. I want to thank you so mach. I’ve added two book as far (spanish language) and I intent to add many more.
    THANK YOU again and…

  4. Cheryl Craft says

    The first personal book I created was my own book on prayer I wrote a few years ago. It was so exciting to see my own title among my Logos books. What a great idea. Thank you for this wonderful tool.

  5. Peter Guiren says

    In a personal book, I have not been able to get the multi-level contents to apply. I seem to be doing what Morris has explained. Please assist, as I excited to experiment further. Thanks for this great feature.

    • Holly Marr says

      Hmm, there may be an issue with version compatibility and features. I’d recommend contacting customer service—800-875-6467 or cs@logos.com. They’ll be able to walk through the process with you, to determine where the issue is occurring. Hope this helps!