Logos 4: Shortcuts for the Reference Box

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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.

As you’re working in a versified book (primarily Bibles and commentaries) you’ll find yourself constantly typing Bible verses in its reference box. For example, if you’re in a Bible you can type Ps 23 in the reference box, press the Enter key and jump to that location. Here are a couple of little tricks to help out in that reference box:

  • You can press Ctrl + G (PC) or Cmd + G (Mac) to select all of the text in the reference box. This saves you from having to constantly move the cursor into the box and manually select text.
  • Make sure to use abbreviations: Jn 3:16 or jn3.16 or jn3 16 all will take you to John 3:16.
  • Use a ‘super short’ reference to navigate within the same section of a Bible or commentary. For example, if the reference box contains John 10.2, press Ctrl + G or Cmd + G to select the text, just type 10, and press the Enter key to jump to John 10:10! Type 17.1 to jump to John 17:1.

Logos 4: Limit the Display of Documents in the File Menu

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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.

In Logos Bible Software 4 you can create various types of documents in the File menu: Prayer Lists, Passage Lists, Notes, etc. After a while, when you return to the File menu to open a document, you’ll probably discover a long list of various types of documents. Locating the specific one you want may prove challenging. Here’s a little trick to hopefully help out:

  • Choose the File menu
  • In the Find or Search box to the right of Open type:
    • Passage to display only your Passage Lists
    • Prayer to display only your Prayer Lists
    • Note to display only your Note files
    • Reading to display only your Reading Plans

You get the idea. This tip obviously reduces a long list to a manageable list.

Camp Logos Is Coming to London

Camp Logos: London

Big Ben says it’s time for Camp Logos in London. That’s right – Camp Logos crosses the big pond!

  • When: February 15–16, 2011
  • What: Camp Logos Bible Software Training
  • Where: The Proclamation Trust
    140-148 Borough High Street
    London SE1 1 LB

Since Camp Logos doesn’t make it to the UK that often, we’re adding a feature-packed, optional third day of training on February 17th that will include many of the topics normally covered in Camp Logos 2.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Camp Logos, allow me to explain. As an owner of Logos Bible Software you know how powerful it is. Are you, however, unleashing that power? Most Logos users admit to only using a fraction, perhaps 10%, of the software’s potential. Camp Logos, a two-day, hands-on training seminar, equips you to unlock much of the other 90%. For over 13 years, the authorized Logos trainer, Morris Proctor with MP Seminars, has trained thousands of Logos users at Camp Logos. Pastors, professors, Bible study leaders, housewives, truck-drivers and more have all benefited from Morris’ thorough and practical presentation.

New Logos users state that Morris teaches them more in two days than they could learn in two years on their own. Seasoned Logos users testify they thought they knew the program until they attended Camp Logos.

We want you to experience firsthand the excitement of Camp Logos. So if you’ll be in the London area February 15–16, please register for Camp. If you’re thinking of vacationing in the UK, why not add Camp Logos to your agenda?

For a complete schedule and registration information, click here. And don’t forget to sign up for the additional third day of training which covers many of the features discussed in Camp Logos 2.

Today’s guest post is by David Kitchen, from the MP Seminars.

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Logos 4: Quickly Open a Dictionary

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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.

While reading books as a boy, I constantly came to words I didn’t understand. When I asked my parents or teachers for help, the standard reply was, "Look up the word in a dictionary." And you know the rest, ". . . because if I told you the answer you wouldn’t learn anything for yourself."

You probably have similar memories. The truth is, as adults we still need to look up words in a dictionary. You’ll be happy to know Logos makes that process very simple.

As you come to English words in a Bible, commentary, devotional, or most any Logos resource, simply double click the word. Logos will then open the first prioritized dictionary it finds with an entry for your word! The double click is the shortcut for looking up your word.

To set the book that normally opens:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize
  • Drag over from the left, an English dictionary or Bible dictionary to the Prefer these resources list on the right

You can prioritize as many dictionaries as you want, just make sure your favorite is the first dictionary in the list.

For example, prioritize Easton’s Bible Dictionary and then double click Barnabas in Acts 4.36. Easton’s immediately opens to the article for Barnabas!

Logos 4: Quickly Open a Commentary

mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

A lot of times we find ourselves just casually reading the Bible in Logos. We then come to a verse for which we need a little insight. We don’t want to run an in-depth Passage or Exegetical Guide; we just want to quickly view a commentary for our passage. Here’s how I set up Logos to accomplish this:

  • Open the Bible Knowledge Commentary (BKC)
  • Drag the tab of the BKC to the Shortcuts bar (the area to the right of the Command box)

Notice Logos places an icon of the BKC on the Shortcuts bar. Now when you’re reading in the Bible, click this icon to open the BKC to the same passage you’re reading!

Of course, you can substitute your favorite study Bible or commentary for the BKC. I suggest, however, using a commentary that covers the whole Bible, so it will always open to where you’re reading in the Bible.

Logos 4: Add Verses in Selected Text to a Passage List

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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.

Sometimes you’ll find yourself wanting to make a list of Bible cross references from a resource like New Nave’s Topical Bible or The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. With Logos that process is very simple:

  • Chose File | Passage List
  • Name the Passage List
  • In the resource, select (highlight) text containing Bible cross references
  • On the Passage List click Add | . . . selected text

All of the verses you highlighted in the resource are quickly added to your Passage List at the same time!

By creating numerous Passage Lists you can build your own collection of verses for various topics such as heaven, justification, holiness, etc!

Of course you can return to the File menu to reopen and edit these lists.

Get the Books You Want at 50% Off

Christmas Specials

With the 2010 Christmas sale comes the opportunity to buy thousands of titles at 50%. This is your chance to build the collection of your dreams from an enormous number of discounted resources.

How did we come up with all of these titles?

With the new Logos.com website, your ability to fine tune your search criteria increased exponentially. Faceted browsing allows you to filter your searches by topic, resource type, author, publisher, Bible book, status, platform, and so much more.

It is amazing how many great resources were lost in the shuffle due to the limitations of our old search engine. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if there were hundreds of titles that you didn’t even know were available from Logos! We had fun pulling more than 2,000 of these forgotten gems out, dusting them off, and offering them to you at 50% off.

There are so many titles, I don’t know where to begin!

When you first see the itemized list of sale titles, we’ll admit it can be pretty overwhelming. The default list view is 124 pages of resources with 15 resources a page. Having the biggest sale we have ever offered does come with its challenges. Namely, how do you begin to peruse it all? How do you know what you may have in your library already? How do you find books which are specific to your interests?

Take advantage of the browsing and layout options.

To the left of the product list—under the Narrow Your Results heading—is all the faceted browsing information. There are so many filters to help you fine tune your search results. You can categorize the sales list by

  • Topic
  • Resource Type
  • Author
  • Bible and Apocrypha
  • Product Type
  • Language
  • Series/Sets
  • Publisher
  • Christian Group
  • Platform
  • By simply filtering the sales items by Topic | Ministry Resources, you can narrow the list down to 27 items to browse through. This is a great way to browse through the large number of individual titles in a more manageable fashion.

    Once you choose your search criteria, you can adjust the layout to suit your needs. From the bar above your search results, you can choose to view your results in a list or grid format. You can also use the drop down menu to sort your results by bestselling resources, price, oldest, or newest as well as adjusting the number of results per page.


    If you want to filter out the items that you already have, you can by adding &unlocked=no or &unlocked=yes to the end of your search URL. As long as you are signed in to your account, it will filter your search result by items you already own.

    Take some time to peruse the list of great individual titles that you can pick up at 50% off this holiday season. You will be surprised by what you find—and what you can’t live without!

    And from all of us at Logos Bible Software, have a very Merry Christmas.

    Logos 4: Work Offline

    mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

    Occasionally I’m asked, especially from people living in rural area without hi-speed internet access, Do I have to be online to use Logos Bible Software 4?

    To clear up any confusion, the answer is no. All of your resources and files are housed on your local hard drive. You can work offline as much as you want. Here’s all you have to do:

    • Choose Tools | Program Settings
    • Set Use Internet to No

    You’re now preventing Logos from accessing the internet. Of course, go back and set Use Internet to Yes in order for Logos to synchronize (backup) all of your files (notes, documents, and preferences) with the Logos server.

    Logos 4: Wildcard Searching

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    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.

    A Logos user recently e-mailed me this question: How can I find all of the “obedience” words in the Bible like, obey, obedience, obeyed, obedient, etc?

    Here’s all you have to do:

    • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel
    • Select Bible as the search type
    • Select the desired range and Bible(s) to search from the drop down lists
    • Type this in the Find box: obe*
    • Press the Enter key to initiate the search

    The asterisk (*) is a wildcard representing any number of characters. So you’re searching for all the words beginning with obe followed by anything. This search finds the obedience family along with Obed as well. To remove Obed from the search type this:

    obe* ANDNOT obed

    As you can see, this wildcard search comes in handy when you’re looking for similar word forms at the same time!

    Logos 4 Information Has an Address


    Today’s guest blogger is Sean Boisen, senior information architect at Logos.

    Suppose you want to tell someone how to get to your office. You could give them step-by-step directions:

    • Head north from Seattle on the I-5 freeway and travel for about 90 miles
    • Take exit 253 (Lakeway Drive), turn right on King Street, and take the first right onto Lakeway
    • Follow that down the hill about a mile (it turns into Holly) and look for Commercial Street
    • Turn right on Commercial, and, about half-way down the block, look for the building on the left with the big picture windows

    But isn’t it more effective to simply tell them the final destination?

    Go to: Logos Bible Software1313 Commercial Street Bellingham, WA 98225*

    Supplying the address lets them choose their own route if they’re starting somewhere else. They can even plug the address into online resources like Google Maps and get a map of the area and driving directions.

    In the same way, information in Logos 4 has an address, similar to other web addresses we’re all familiar with, and knowing how to use that address lets you link to Logos resources from web pages, Word documents, PDF files, email, and even Facebook and Twitter!

    As a simple example, suppose I want to suggest to a friend that they read the Parable of the Soils in Mark. I can email them a link to the ESV text of Mark 4:1-9 in Logos. The address looks like this:


    And I can insert this as a hyperlink in my email (with Microsoft Outlook on Windows, that’s Ctrl+k) to make my email look like this:

    Check out the Parable of the Soils!

    If the recipient has Logos installed, clicking this link will open Logos and take them directly to this passage: no need to describe the directions step-by-step.

    Creating Logos Links

    Though the link address looks complicated, you can create these links automatically inside Logos 4. The link you capture will be the current position of the resource you’re looking at, so check that first.

    To create a link, first choose a link style. In a Logos resource, click the icon in the upper left corner of the panel, and set “Copy location as:” to URL (this is often the best choice).(screenshot)

    Once you’ve set this, the link style is remembered, so you don’t have to visit the panel menu each time: just press Ctrl+Alt+C (Command+Alt+C on a Mac) to copy the URL to the clipboard. Now you can paste this URL into whatever other document you like. Note if you don’t see the “Copy Location as:” menu option, that means this particular resource isn’t linkable (but most are).

    What You Can Link To

    This feature is great for linking to specific Bible passages, but you can do much, much more! Here are just a few examples: try them yourself and you’ll probably starting thinking of others.

    There are some limitations:

    • Linking like this assumes the user has Logos 4: if that’s not the case, you can link to Bible Passages (and some free books) at Biblia.com, using links like http://biblia.com/bible/Mk4.1-9
    • You can link to your own notes, handouts, syntax searches, sentence diagrams, and other files to help you keep track of your personal information. But other people don’t have access to them, so the link will only behave correctly for you.
    • Not all resources are linkable

    How You Can Use Logos Links

    Here are a few suggestions for how you might use this powerful feature:

    • Your own teaching materials: you won’t have to waste time looking for things you’ve already found once
    • Curricula for your school or church (syllabi, assignments, course notes, or reading lists)
    • Your blog posts, or discussions in the Logos Forums: links enable others to look directly at what you’re talking about

    Web Sites that Don’t Handle Logos Links

    Since these links don’t start with “http://”, some web sites won’t recognize them as links at all (in technical parlance, they use a special protocol handler that gets installed along with Logos 4). These sites include Facebook and Twitter, which automatically turn http-based links into hyperlinks, but leave these as text and refuse to treat them as links.

    If you’re just sharing a link to a Bible passage, you can always use ref.ly’s http links instead (see Bob’s recent blog post on Biblia.com, or this older post of RefTagger and Ref.ly) . But if you want the richer kind of linking that Logos 4 offers, the alternatives get a little more technical:

    • Recipients can copy and paste the text of the link directly into the Logos 4 command bar: here’s what happens if you do that with logosres:esv;ref=Bible.Mk4.1-9 (screenshot)
    • You can use a URL shortening service like TinyUrl to produce an http link to the Logos link, like http://tinyurl.com/2cwjkh3. Note that some shortening services (like bit.ly) won’t handle links that don’t start with http.


    Does this seem like too much work? Consider this: when you give someone a link, you’re not just sharing words, you’re opening the door for them to a universe of information. They can turn around and easily (and concisely) share that link with others who have Logos. Embedding links in your documents makes them like specialized reference documents, all backed by the power of Logos!

    You can learn more about Logos links on the Logos Wiki at http://wiki.logos.com/Hyperlinks, where our user community has contributed additional material. This page also describes link anatomy, in case you want to create or edit links by hand.

    *And if you do come here (Logos Headquarters), be sure to stop in and say hi!