How to View All of Your Highlighted Resources in Logos

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A common question I receive from Logos users goes something like this:

As I read a Logos book, I highlight text. After finishing the book, how can I view all of my highlights in one place?

The short answer is to utilize the Quotes view in a Notes document. The longer answer is explained below.

At the outset, please keep in mind that every time you highlight text in a Logos resource, that marked up text becomes an individual note in a Notes document. I refer to these as Highlighting Notes. Which note file, however, receives the highlights? For clarity’s sake, I encourage you to place all of your highlights in resource specific note file. Here’s how to set that up:

  • Choose Tools | Highlighting
  • Rest the cursor on the name of a palette such as Highlighter Pens (A)
  • Click the arrow that appears to the right of the palette name (B)
  • Select the Save in drop-down list (C)
  • Select Resource-specific note file (D)

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  • Repeat these steps for all of the palettes

Now every time you highlight text in a resource, Logos creates a Notes document with the same name as the resource. All of the highlights made in a particular book will be added to the same file!

Go ahead and open a resource and highlight as much text as you desire. (E)

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To see all of the highlights from that one resource:

  • Choose the Documents menu (F)
  • Open the desired note file which has the same name as the resource in which you highlighted text (G)

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  • Select the Quotes view in which to display the notes (H)
  • Notice all of the highlights in this resource are presented in one easy to read format (I)

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As you can see, by saving your Highlighting Notes in resource specific note files, you can easily arrange and access all of your highlights on the Documents menu!

Morris

Morris Proctor is a 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.

 
 

For additional training on Highlighting and the other Logos features consider attending an upcoming Camp Logos in Greensboro, NC or check out the Logos 6 Training Manuals Volumes 1 & 2 Bundle!

Comments

  1. Thomas Westermann says:

    Thank you for the very helpful post!
    However, since I did not know that so far, all my highlighting was saved in a palette-specific note file and thus it seems hard to find something I search in a particular book.
    Is there an easy way of moving my highlighting to resource-specific note files, or what would you recommend in such a case if I want to search through my highlighting in a particular book?
    Thank you!

  2. So, unfortunately, if you already have highlights in a resource they are stuck in the default highlighter notes? No way to convert other than re-highlighting? Part of my love-hate relationship with Logos; so many obscure functions.

  3. What are the ramifications of doing this? For example:

    I had assumed that “Save in” referred to where the highlight definitions were saved. Based on your article I’m now confused about what “Save in” means. Where are the highlight definitions stored? If I follow your instructions will they now be stored in multiple “Resource-specific note files”?

    I assume the default is that highlights are saved in a “Palette-specific note file.” So if I follow your directions will the action be retroactive and a number of “Resource-specific note files” be created based on past highlights or just apply to highlights made after this change?

    Right now if I edit a highlight, it will change everyplace that highlight had been used. Does that remain true?

  4. Unfortunately, 1) I don’t see that you can move old highlights to a specific resource and 2) the Kindle app does not sync with the desktop and will not associate highlights with the particular resource.

  5. Wilson Hines says:

    The biggest suggestion I have for highlights is I would love to have my highlights of Bible verses common across all of my Bibles, including original languages. So, if I have underlined Jn 3:16 in my KJV, it is underlined in my Nestle Aland, and my ESV. Just like with paper, I always hated changing Bibles from the old to the new because I lost my notes. Currently, if I highlight something in the ESV, I spend the time to open the KJV and even the Nestle Aland or the BHS.

    • It’s great in theory but the problem would be that word order and sentence structure can be completely different from one version to another; the entire verse is not always what people highlight.

    • I agree!

    • I agree also!

    • Johnny Sewell says:

      I agree also. Good suggestion Wilson.

    • Jorge Medina says:

      I asked how this could be done automatically, if I highlight a verse in the ESV, I’d like it highlighted in all of my Bibles, that way no matter what I’m reading, I can see my highlights at all times. Apparently, this is not doable. Also, I am told that highlights consume space and affect speed of the application; so having those highlights appear in all Bibles may not be the best way. :-(

    • The ability to highlight in one Bible and have it appear across all your Bibles is now a reality! It is a new feature in Logos Now, called Corresponding Notes and Highlights.

  6. Is there a way to take highlights that are in the palette specific file and easily move them to a resource specific file without redoing every highlight? Some of my books have hundreds of highlights.

    Great post thank you!

    • Ease is a matter of how much you are moving: the fewer the easier (if/when you can find them in the palette specific note file). If you want, take a look at how I started doing this for WBC vol 21: http://screencast.com/t/ok9hL7kEMei. You can see that is easy to do…just somewhat time consuming. We can’t select multiple notes to move over, nor can we organize by resource(s) (outside of the “quote” organization mode).

      If there’s a better/faster/easier way, please do share.

      in HIM
      rs

    • The only way is to drag the existing highlights from the note file they are currently in to the note file you’d like them to be in. One at a time, unfortunately.

  7. Thank you Morris, clear and concise as always!!!

  8. rich walker says:

    Same question as Lyndale above…

  9. Mervin Lin says:

    Wow! Wish I knew about this at the very beginning of using Logos. The Resource-specific note file setting should be the default setting!