If you’re like me, this at least occasionally happens to you: as you’re studying the Bible in Logos 4, you read an article from a resource, but do not bookmark or place it in favorites. Then in the near future you say to yourself: Not long ago I read a good article, but for the life of me I can’t remember where it’s located.
Biblical Things in Logos 4 (Tools | Biblical Things) displays images from your library related to things or objects such as sheep, cornerstone, etc. Image you’re studying a passage like Ephesians 6 in which Paul mentioned a lot of things as he discussed the armor of God. You may get tired of typing each individual word into the report window. Here’s a tip to help out: [Read more…]
I not only have the privilege of being the authorized Logos trainer, but I am also a Bible preacher-teacher. This means I use Logos for my own Bible study and sermon prep. Here is a little trick I incorporate into my Logos work: I always reserve Bookmark 1 for the passage I am investigating.
For example, if this week I am in Romans 6.1-11, I do this:
- Open my ESV to Romans 6.1
- Press Ctrl + Shift + 1 to set Bookmark 1 (Cmd + Shift + Option + 1 for Mac)
Then as I study the passage, I may leave Romans 6 to track down a cross reference or examine another topic. To quickly return home to this week’s passage, I simply press Ctrl + 1 (Cmd + 1 for Mac)!
I received an e-mail recently from a Logos user asking how to see all of the English Bibles he owns. Here’s what I told him:
- Press Ctrl +L (PC) or Cmd + L (Mac) to open the Library in a floating window
- Enter this text in the Library’s Find or search box: type:Bible AND lang:English
That rule tells Logos to display all of the resources containing the word Bible in the type field and at the same time English in the language field. Hence, Logos displays your English Bibles!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.