Logos 4’s Secret Weapon: The Command Bar

Logos 4 has a powerful secret weapon in its arsenal. Are you taking advantage of it?

Using Logos 4 is incredibly simple: enter a passage and click “Go.” But for the times when you want to perform a more specific task, like opening an individual title or searching a particular book, there is a faster way.

Enter the command bar.

While this tool has been in Logos for a while, few users take advantage of its features. The command bar lets you perform any task within Logos simply by typing it, from database updates to searching specific titles to accessing help files. So let’s explore some ways that the command bar can be used to help speed up Bible study.

Jump Straight to Any Resource

Have a specific book or translation you want to quickly reference? Just type in the title and hit enter. Logos instantly brings up the book. You can even enter the abbreviated name and Logos is smart enough to figure out what you want.

Want to jump right into a particular passage without performing a search? Simply type any Scripture passage into the command bar and it will open in your preferred Bible.

Curious to see how the NIV or NASB renders a particular passage? Instead of searching for it in your library and then browsing to the passage, simply type “open {Translation} to {Passage}“. For example, typing the following would bring up Romans 8 in the NIV:

open NIV to Romans 8

Not sure what the abbreviation for your chosen translation is? No problem. Simply type out the name according to the syntax above and a drop-down menu will appear listing the available resources. It’s that simple.

Perform Instant Word Searches

Looking to find every instance of faith in your Top Bibles or even all of your resources? Just type faith into the command bar and select the resources you want to search from the drop-down menu.

Quickly Copy Any Resource

Want to copy a specific Bible verse to share with your friends or use in your sermon preparation? Easy. Just type “copy {Passage} from {Translation}“. Typing the following would copy Romans 8:1-4 to your clipboard, ready to be pasted into the destination of your choice:

copy Romans 8:1-4 from ESV

Quickly Perform Biblical People, Places, and Things Searches

Want to learn more about the life of Abraham? Curious about Jesus’ genealogy? Not sure where Corinth is located? The command box lets you directly perform Biblical People, Places, and Things searches by typing in the following command:

Open Biblical People to {Person Name}
Open Biblical Places to {Place Name}
Open Biblical Things to {Thing Name}

Quickly Search the Help Files

Not sure how to use the syntax search? Need some assistance with collections? By typing “help on {Topic}“, Logos quickly opens the help files for any given subject matter. For example, typing the following would search Logos help for entries on collections:

help on collections

By taking the time to learn how to use the command box, the powerful tools of Logos 4 will be just a few keystrokes away. If you are interested in learning about the other commands available, check out Logos’ Wiki.

Have some favorite commands you would like to share? Leave us a comment.


  1. David Mills says:

    From time to time I need to delete duplicate notes, but “delete duplicate notes” in the command line does not delete the notes or get help on how to do so. If I type “help on duplicate notes,” I still get no help. Fortunately, I saved a reply from Craig Harris. I have to look it up about every time I need to delete duplicate notes. I must type “remove duplicate notes.”

  2. Gustavo Perez says:

    Why is it that most of these comands don’t work on my program

    Open Biblical People to {Person Name}
    Open Biblical Places to {Place Name}
    Open Biblical Things to {Thing Name}

    copy {Passage} from {Translation}

    The program just searches for the words

    • Corey Decker says:

      Are you typing them in the command bar? It is the bar at the very top of the program. These commands will not work in the search bar.

      Also, do not use the brackets. They are just placeholders.

      For example:

      To copy a passage from the ESV, you would type:

      copy Psalm 1:1 from ESV

      Hope that fixes the problem!

  3. Raheel I. Shakeel says:

    I think this is one of the best revealed secret about Logos 4, it makes your life a lot easier, especially when one has to copy and paste passages for his assignments. Thank you for this wonderful tip!

    • Great tip. I actually use the command bar frequently, but didn’t know about the “copy verse” option from within the command bar. Thanks!

  4. Ok, how do you get it to open the chapter (or whatever) in a new window / tab?

    • Corey Decker says:

      Good question!

      Just type “in new window” or “in new tab” after your search. So, in example:

      open John 1:1 in ESV in new window

      open Grudem in new tab


  5. great feature of logos on desk top. can one effectively use it on ipad?

  6. Thank you, very useful.

  7. Allways get wonderful information from your comments. However, i purchased an iPhone and iPad2 because I can not always take my laptop with Logos with me. Do you have equivalent helpful hints for the lesser devices? I find myself in need of more features .