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What are Favorites?

  Favorites in Logos are like favorites that you add in Internet Explorer or other browser programs. It allows you to store locations to resources. As with favorites in your browser you can create Folders and organize your favorites. You can save Bible study resources, clippings, layout and such for a particular Bible study in a named folder.

How do I view Favorites?

  1. Click on Tools in the top menubar.
  2. Click on Favorites in the drop down menu.

     

  

How do I add favorites to the Favorites window?

  1. Open the Favorites tool (if it is not open) on your work area. (see How do I view Favorites?)
  2. Open your browser to the link that you want to add.
  3. Drag the icon (next to the address) to the Logos Favorites window in and drop it there.


  4. You can right click on the new favorite and select Rename to rename it.

  

  You can add favorites of a Bible & its location. Or of a resource (map, commentary, dictionary, etc) to your favorites.

  1. Open a Bible resource that you want to add
  2. Navigate to the book/verse that you want to link to
  3. Drag the tab for that book (or resource)
  4. Drop it on the Favorites window.



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  5. You can right click on the new favorite and select Rename to rename it.

  

 You can add a link to any of your Notes to your favorites.

  1. Open the Favorites tool (if it is not open) on your work area.
  2. Click on File in the menu
  3. Once the File list appears, click on the Note file that you want to add a link to
  4. Drag the Note file and drop it on the Favorites window (this will not remove your notes, but merely creates a link to it)

  

 You can add a link to any of your Clippings to your favorites.

  1. Open the Favorites tool (if it is not open) on your work area.
  2. Click on File in the menu
  3. Once the File list appears, click on the Clipping file that you want to add a link to
  4. Drag the Clipping file and drop it on the Favorites window (this will not remove your clipping, but merely creates a link to it)

  

 You can add a link to any of your named Layouts to your favorites.

  1. Open the Favorites tool (if it is not open) on your work area.
  2. Click on Layouts in the tool bar
  3. Once the Layout list appears, click on the named Layout (on the left side of the Layout list) that you want to add a link to
  4. Drag the Layout name and drop it on the Favorites window (this will not remove your named Layout, but merely creates a link to it)

        




  • You can add a link to a Microsoft Word document to Favorites. When you click on a favorite which is a Word doc, it will open Word to that document.
  • Similarly you can add Excel & PowerPoint document links to your Favorites.
    1. Open the Favorites tool (if it is not open) on your work area.
    2. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to where your Word document resides.
    3. Drag the Word file and drop it over an open area in your Favorites window.



      4. You can now right click on the new favorite and select Rename to rename it.



 

  • You can add links to various Windows program (e.g. Libronix, a webpage on your hard-drive, etc).
    1. Resize the Logos window so that you can see your desktop.
    2. Drag an icon for your program shortcut to the Favorites window and drop it in an open space there.



      3. Right click on the new favorite in your Favorites window and click on Rename, then rename it.



  • This works with windows shortcuts (e.g. the icons you see on your desktop). But I am not sure this would work for the actual executable program as found in windows explorer (you could create a shortcut to your executable program and then drag that shortcut to the Favorites window.


Using the keyboard to add a resource to your Favorites

  • When you have a resource active, you can press Ctrl D and Logos will add that resource to your Favorites.
    (at the bottom of your favorites, you then can drag it from the bottom to where you want it)
  • This comes in real handy when you have a resource open in a floating window and want to add it to your Favorites.

  

  • You can add a link to a resource directly from your library. This is useful when you want to open a Bible and have Logos position it to the current scripture that you have open in other Bibles or Commentaries. Notice after you create the link that there is not scripture reference after the Bible name.
    1. Open the Favorites tool (if it is not open) on your work area.
    2. Open your Library and locate the resource that you want to add to your favorites.



    3. Grab the resource in your library and drag it into the favorites window and drop it.



    • Notice that there is not a scripture reference after the Bible name. If you have another Bible open to a scripture reference and you click on this favorite link, it will open that Bible to the same scripture reference in the Bible that you already had open. You can save links to commentaries in the same way.


Using the Add button in the Favorites window

  • You can use the Add button in the favorites window to add a link to the active window in your layout.

  


  1. When you have a resource active and positioned to where you want it...
  2. You can move your mouse to the favorites window and hover over the Add button. It will briefly show you the link in a pop-up box. If you click on Add it will add a link to that resource in your favorites.


Creating flexible tools from the shortcut bar

You may have noticed that when you create a Shortcut on the shortcut bar that your tool opens to where you are currently viewing in a Bible. If you create a favorite from the shortcut, then your favorite will take on the properties of the shortcut for that specific tool. This adds flexibility for the favorites in that when you save a favorite directly from an open tool it remembers specifically where the tool was opened to. And when using a favorite built from a shortcut it is now flexible to use your current Bible location in the tool. Please see this post for details Creating flexible tools from the shortcut bar.


  
     

  1. Right click on the link in the favorites window that you wish to delete.
  2. In the pop-up menu, click on Delete.




How do I create Folders?

  1. Click on the New Folder button in the top of Favorites window.


  2. Enter a name for your Folder when it appears.

  

How do you nest a Folder within a Folder?

  Nesting a Folder within a Folder means to place a Folder inside another Folder. This is very useful in organizing your favorites.

  1. Open the Favorites tool (if it is not open) on your work area.
  2. Drag the Folder that you want to place inside another folder.
  3. Drop it on top of the Folder that you want it inside of.

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  4. Now Folder B is inside Folder A. When you collapse Folder A, Folder B is hidden and visa versa.

  Or you can

  1. Right click under a folder that you want to create a new Folder inside of.
  2. Click on Create new folder.

  

You can drag a new favorite directly into a folder

  • You do not have to drop a favorite into a blank area of Favorites.
  • You can drag your favorites directly into folders.




  • But before adding the link to nested folders you will need to expand the folder in the Favorites window before dragging your new link there.


The power of Favorites

Organize Notes/Clippings

  I discovered the power of using the Favorites in videos that Mark Barnes made (they are found here Preparing a Sermon), please view them!
Also Mark has made a new short video Logos Tutorial Video #11 – Managing your content which is also helpful!

  I created a sample project as shown in the image below. Just follow the item numbers below which are associated with the image.

(click on image to view larger view)

  1. By organizing using folders you can quickly be able to locate multiple projects. Here i have made a folder named Luke for all my projects which may fall under the category of Luke.
  2. This is my project that i named Jesus Birth (taken from Mark’s example). Notice that it is a folder under the main folder Luke. So i can collapse it or expand it as needed. For pastors, you could easily name the folder Sermon on Jesus return given 1/24/2010.
  3. This is a link to one of my named Layouts. You can create special Layouts and associate them to a specific project (via a link). This can come in pretty handy. You can place your resources in the panes as you like. In this Layout, it will remember where each book was located and the exact place the book was at when we saved the Layout. (this is not my general Layout that i use for my normal study, so this is a really good use of named Layouts)
  4. This is a link to the Text Comparison tool. I set the range of verses that i wanted to display in the tool before making a link in my favorites. So if i ever move or hide the tool and want to return back to the verse range/Bibles that i orginally setup, i can just click on this link and it will restore the verse_range/Bibles that were there when i made the link. Thus you can change the Bibles or verse range and then later return. Again you can have different links which were set to different verse_ranges/Bibles, thus by just clicking a link could take you to different comparisons.



    (click on image to view larger view)

  5. This is a link to a Notes file. You can create as many links to different notes files as you wish. This is one way in which you can logically tie different note files to a project. In some cases you may even want to create links to the same note file in different projects.
  6. This is a link to a Bible reference. It allows me to link a specific Bible & verse. So i can quickly navigate either my preferred Bible to this exact book/verse or set another pane up with Send Hyperlinks here. Again you can create as many links to as many verses as you need.
  7. This is a link to a Clippings file. As Mark showed us, we can have named clippings files for specific topics (ones we have put time into for detailed info). Again you can link as many clippings file as you want to your project. Mark’s use for general researched info to be placed in a named clipping and then be used in any/many place in my studies was really sharp.
  8. This is a link to the NKJV Bible verse (similar to item 6, but in a different version). Again to show that you can have numerous links to different verses in different Bibles (even in Greek/Hebrew versions).
  9. This is a link to the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. By setting the NTSK up to a specific verse and creating a link, i can quickly have references to this verse at hand. I can see using multiple links in a project for various cross-ref to different verses. Having a links (with a descriptive name) can get me to places that i may need to investigate further.
  10. This is just showing you that you can organize multiple projects under a general project name.
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See also: Tools



Tip: using Favorites to add Floating Tool windows

 You can use Favorites to open multiple resources/tools into a floating window. Please see this wiki page: Floating Tool Windows.

Tip: Creating your own Custom Go Box

You can use Favorites to Create a custom Go Box.



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