Learning Logos: Create a Legend for Highlighting Styles

Here’s a question I’m often asked at Camp Logos:

I highlight various verses in the Bible with boxes, underlines, or colors. Then in a few weeks, I forget what those specific highlighting styles represent. Is there a way to create a “legend” for highlighting?

Actually, there is. So if you can identify with the above scenario give this a go:

  • Choose Tools |Content | Highlighting

  • Rest the cursor on a palette name such as Emphasis Markup (A)
  • Click the arrow to the right (B)
  • Select Duplicate (C)

  • Rest the cursor on the name of the new palette (D)
  • Click the arrow to the right (E)
  • Select Rename (F)

  • Type a new name for the palette such as My Legend (G)
  • Press the Enter key to save the name

  • Rest the cursor on a style name such as Double Box (H)
  • Click the arrow to the right (I)
  • Select Rename (J)

  • Type a new name for the style such as Fulfilled Prophecy (K)
  • Press the Enter key to save the name

  • Repeat this process for additional styles (L)

Now when you’re highlighting text, use these new styles. Then weeks or months later as you’re reading highlighted text, simply open the Highlighting panel and you have an “instant legend” to explain your markings!

Of course, you can create your own detailed styles rather than renaming existing styles, but in this blog, I simply wanted you to know a quick route to a legend.

For more detailed training about Highlighting, please check out 24/7 video training at mpseminars.com.

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  1. This was good information. In addition to doing this, I also created a note file titled “My Markups” where I define a legend of specific colors or shapes that I repeat for specific types of notes. Such as a dark green note for all locations that I create a note for, coral for all people, coral check mark for all “Topics”, grey triangle for all textural variants, etc. Now I don’t have to keep “looking up” the same place, person etc. as I read through the text. I just hover over the note box and the info pops up. For instance, while reading Acts I created a note file for Silas and then link his name to this one note throughout the NT using the passage list (including the references to alternate names). Its amazing how Logos can help keep us organized!