Logos has provided a wonderful tool for Logos users, the Logos 4 Wiki. It contains instructions and help pages which are supplied by users. Its content is continually growing as users add new wiki pages. Many of the pages have illustrated step-by-step instructions for how to use a feature. So the wiki is similar to an online user’s manual. The beauty of the wiki is that you can use it to learn about Logos 4 features, then—if you have any questions—you can easily go to the Logos Forums and ask.
Sometimes as you’re using Logos to work on a Bible study lesson, sermon, or exegetical paper, you need a synonym for a word. For example, as you develop your document about Philippians 1.4 you discover you’ve used the word prayer numerous times. You’d like to insert a synonym for prayer, but is there a way to quickly find one in Logos? Yes!
First, prioritize a thesaurus in the Library:
- Click the Library icon
- Select Prioritize
- Type thesaurus in the Library’s Find or search box
- Right click on the title of the thesaurus
- Select Prioritize this resource
- Drag the thesaurus in the Prefer these resources list until it is within the top five of your English and Bible dictionaries
Second, open the thesaurus:
- Right click on the word prayer in Philippians 1.4 in an English Bible
- Select Selection prayer
- Select the thesaurus from the list of books on the right menu
Notice that the resource opens right to an article about prayer where you discover synonyms such as appeal, petition, and plea!
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.