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 seminars and provides many training materials.
If you’re like I am you can relate to this scenario:
We read a print book highlighting the main points in blue as we go. After completing the book, we ask ourselves, Now where was that insight the author gave about obeying God? So we flip back through the book only looking at the highlights until we locate the desired information.
Here’s how to replicate this search in Logos:
To highlight text in a resource:
- Open a Logos book such as Biblical Ethics by Oswald Chambers
- Choose Tools | Highlighting to open the Highlighting pane
- Select text in the book that you want to highlight
- Click a Highlighting style such as the Blue Highlighter pen
- Continue highlighting as you read the book
To search highlighted text in a resource:
- Open the book to be searched such as Biblical Ethics
- Open the Search panel
- Select Basic as the search type
- Select Biblical Ethics from the resource(s) to be searched drop down list
- Click the list first drop down list which is the text to be searched (which probably says All Text)
- Click the arrow next to a highlighting palette such as Highlighter Pens
- Click a specific highlighting style such as Blue Highlighter (you have just limited the search range to the blue highlights in Biblical Ethics)
- Click outside the drop down list to close it
- Enter the a search query in the search panel’s Find box
- Press the Enter key to generate the search results
Each time you highlight something in a resource, that highlighting style becomes a search field that can be searched. Please note that the highlighting styles do not appear in the text to be searched drop down list until after you use that specific style to highlight the resource. You can use these steps for any type of resource: Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, etc!
This search technique is but one of many powerful features covered in detail in the soon to be released Camp Logos 2 Live DVD training series, which is set to ship next week!
How does highlighting help you study more effectively? Leave a comment and let us know!