Logos 5: Shortcut to Definitions

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.

If you’re like me, as you’re reading the Bible or another book, you frequently come to words for which you need a definition or other background information. Without Logos, this can be difficult to locate.

With Logos 5, however, that data is just a double-click away! Try this:

  • Open a Bible to Acts 1:8 (A).

  • Double-click a word, like Jerusalem (B).
  • Notice that highest-prioritized resource containing an article for the city opens right to that article (C).

  • Double-click other words in the verse, such as Judea and Samaria.
  • Notice, again, a resource looking up these words.

The double-click, a shortcut for executing what Logos calls a Lookup search, works within not only Bibles, but any book!

  • Open Easton’s Bible Dictionary to the article for Corinth (D).
  • Double-click the word Greece at the end of the first sentence (E).
  • Notice that a resource jumps to an article for Greece (F).

You should try this trick when you come to an unfamiliar English word in any popular book (G). But don’t be surprised if the resource that opens is Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary (H). This may be the first resource Logos finds with an entry!



  1. I'm having trouble following this one. When I highlight Jerusalem in Acts 1:8 as instructed, The New Century Version Bible opens to "jealousy" even when it is not open. I've closed it and opened one or two commentaries or handbooks, but it doesn't matter, Logos opens The New Century Version Bible from my library, again, it is not even open. I'd like to follow your "Shortcut to Definitions" for this situation. Also, I've tried clicking on Jerusalem in the NASB and the ESV as you used in your example. Can someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong?

    Thanks in the name of our Lord,


  2. Thomas Finnegan says

    “Double-click a word, like Jerusalem (B).
    Notice that highest-prioritized resource containing an article for the city opens right to that article (C).”

    Sort your Library using “bible dictionary” as the search phrase, click View.
    On the right side of the window the word prioritize appears, click that and the prioritized list drops down. Select and hold “Easton’s Bible Dictionary” from the left list and drag and drop it into the position you want on the drop down prioritized list.

  3. James-Billie Schafer says

    Hi Jim, it all depends upon what and how you have prioritized your resources. Check in your Library the Prioritize section to see what dictionaries you have listed. Hope this helps. This is not the place to go into a discussion on prioritization, you need to check out the tutorial for that.


  4. Thomas, you did a much better job for Jim than I. This is a great idea from Morris, but personally, I like having the Info window open and with single click (I have mine set to not select with a simple mouse over) I get the information without actually opening the resource.

    Of course, the important thing is having the Priority list established in the Library.



  5. David N Treva Simmons says

    I love this resource, Logos is the best.

  6. Viviyanna D. Turk says

    Great! It really works. Saves a lot of time looking up definitions on a different screen. I will be using this a lot! Thanks