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Logos 4: Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for Highlighting

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, 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.

I’ve answered several emails related to the Logos Highlighting tool. This mark-up feature allows for user-created shortcuts, which save tons of time if you do a lot of highlighting. In case you’re not familiar with this time-saving tip, here’s how to create your shortcuts:

  • Choose Tools | Highlighting.
  • Click the arrow to the left of any pallet, such as Highlighter Pens.
  • Rest the cursor on the name of a style, such as Blue Highlighter.
  • Click the arrow drop-down list that appears to the right of the style name (A).
  • Click the Shortcut key drop-down list (B).
  • Click any letter, such as B for Blue Highlighter (C).
  • Repeat these steps for additional styles.
  • Close the Highlighting panel.
  • Select text in a resource.
  • Press a newly created shortcut keystroke, such as B for the Blue Highlighter.
  • Notice that your selected text is now highlighted in blue!


I encourage you to create shortcuts for the styles you use most often. This way you can read, select text, and press one key to mark it up. You don’t have to keep returning to the Highlighting panel and clicking a specific style.

If you enjoyed this tip, please check out Timesaving Tips volumes 1 and 2.

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  • Regarding “Logos 4: Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for Highlighting ” -what keystroke combination is used to access the shortcut (i.e. cntrl+B or Alt+B?


    • You just use the letter you have chosen. If you chose the letter B for the Blue highlight, simply select the text to be highlighted and press the letter B. No need for CTRL or ALT.

    • Simply select the text and press the letter you have chosen. For example, if you have chosen B for the Blue highlighting, simply select the text and press the letter B. No need for CTRL or ALT.

      To deselect the highlighting, simply select the text and press CTRL+SHIFT+K or select Tools, Highlighting, and click on Erase. Make sure you SELECT text before you Erase the highlighting; otherwise, ALL the highlighting in the book you are working on will be erased.

  • In highlighting, I know how you set shortcuts to various colours etc. But how do you in the same way set a shortcut to “erase”. I saw something that said after version 4.2 you right click on it and in the selection tab on the right, you see remove it on the left. But that is not in my version 4.6.

    I know the key strokes, but I want a shortcut key, just one, to press.

    Can anyone help?

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