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Make Your Highlights Appear Across All Your Bibles

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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.

Over the past few weeks I have received basically the same question from several Logos users so I thought I’d address it here today. It goes something like this:

When I highlight words in a Bible, how do I get the same text highlighted in other Bibles?

To answer the question we need to understand some differences between two separate Logos features: Highlighting and Visual Filters.

In brief:

  • Highlighting is the marking of resource text that you, the user, apply and it ONLY appears in the resource in which the highlighting was made.
  • Visual Filters are searches in which you instruct Logos how to mark up the search results—and these markings automatically appear in AS MANY resources as you want.

So if you want highlighted text to appear across Bibles, use a Visual Filter document not the Highlighting tool.

Let’s create a simple Visual Filter and you’ll see what I mean. Imagine we’re studying in Romans 6 and we want the phrase with Him automatically highlighted in all of our Bibles. Here’s how you do it:

  • Choose Documents | Visual Filter
  • Name the file anything you like such as English Words in Bibles (A)
  • Select Bible as the search type (B)
  • Select All Bibles from the resources to search drop-down list (C)
  • Type the phrase with Him (within double quotes) in the Find box (D)
  • Select from the drop down list a Formatting style like Box (E)
  • Add as many other search queries to this Visual Filter as you like (F)

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  • Open several Bibles to Romans 6 and you’ll see the phrase with Him marked up in all of them (G)

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  • If you had manually highlighted the phrase with Him in one Bible, those highlights would only appear in that Bible.

I sure hope this clarifies a few differences between Highlighting and Visual Filters.

For more detailed information about Highlighting and Visual Filters please check out the Logos 6 Training Manual Volumes 1 and 2 Bundle.


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  • Thanks…! How would one "highlight, AND make bold", or add any additional "markup" to a particular selection…??? While I can add additional markup using the "highlight" tool, the visual filter mechanism seems to default to the "first" choice only.

  • Benjamen you can make any format in the visual filter you want and if you are going to highlight a specific selection with additional markup you can turn off the visual filter. I typically only use visual filters to pull out Greek and Hebrew verbs and show them in the English bibles. I turn those on and off as I need them.

  • The visual filter is cool, but I am not sure that is what the folks who are asking about highlights transferring to translations are looking for. (coming from a guy who had the same question.) For example, if I was reading John 17, and wanted to highlight verse 4, or a part of verse 4 (having accomplished the work…), I wouldn’t want a filter that makes that pop up everywhere in the Bible…. however, what I DID find to be a GREAT alternative to the transferable highlight, is the “Note” feature. I found it in the Logos Training Manual (Vol.2 p.24).

    Attaching a note to a verse will make that note show up in every versified book (Bibles and commentaries) with that reference. That satisfied what I was looking for. What’s cool is that you can also tag those notes. (so in my John 17 example, I could tag it with “vocation, prayer, work, etc”. It would be AWESOME if this feature can eventually be something that highlights CAN do… Highlights jump out at you a LOT more than a note icon would.

  • Using your mobile device (iPad) running Logos, Is their a way to just highlight selected biblical text, say with a drag or touch of the finger across the text effecting more than the open bible being read?

  • That clearly explains how to mark phrases across platforms but not passages.

    If I want Romans 12:4 highlighted yellow in all my translations, is there a short cut or do I have to open and mark each one?

    • You can create a visual filter using Milestones. This way, all Bibles (for which you have the visual filter turned on) will highlight the verse. For example, replace “with Him” in MP’s example with this:

      {Milestone }

      And John 3:16 highlights in all Bibles.

  • I get what MP is saying, but the VF and Highlights unfortunately cannot be crossed in the realm of same application.

    The fact is there isn’t really a way to make highlights appear across all Bibles in this way. VF work to a point, but there are some things VF just simply cannot accomplish that a highlight could.

  • This post, more than anything, illustrates the limitations of the highlighting tool as implemented in Logos. VFs are time-consuming to construct. Highlighting is second nature, quick, and exact. The inability to simply highlight a reference (to use the software jargon), rather than a selection, needs to be remedied in Logos bible software.

  • I thought this was a tutorial for highlighting a verse in one translation, and then automatically having it replicated across all translations. Oh well, perhaps in future this will be possible…

  • Logos 6.8 beta 1 introduced the "Sympathetic Notes Visual Filter" which:
    "Shows notes and highlights attached to other resources as if they had been attached to the active resource (e.g. highlights in SBLGNT can be shown in any translation with a reverse interlinear). Sympathetic highlights are not searchable, they are only for display."

    This is only available for Logos Now Subscribers and, assuming, things go well, should be available on the stable channel when 6.8 ships

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