Logos Home Page and Layout window
After you have installed Logos and opened it, you will see the Home Page as this is the default starting point when using Logos. From here you can read articles which are shown in the body of the Home Page or start your Bible study by entering a verse in the Go box and pressing the Go button. Logos will then open it’s default Layout to your verse that you entered in the Go box.
Using the Go box
- In the Go box type in a scripture reference or topic (e.g. Jesus). Logos will show you a drop-down list of suggestions. You can click on one of these suggestions if you like.
- Next click on the Go button. Logos will open the Layout window to the default Layout as shown below.
The default Layout is launched every time that you enter a passage from the Go box on the Home Page. You can open other window panels for Tools, Searches, and Resources (books). But Logos will not remember these other window panels the next time you use the Go box.
- The default Layout consists of these window panels.
- These are Guides that are shown in the default Layout.
The Passage Guide is a collection of tools which assists you in researching your passage.
The Exegetical Guide is a collection of tools for digging into the exegesis (critical explanation or interpretation of a text) of Bible verse(s).
- These are your top 5 Bibles which are determined by how you have Prioritized your Bibles in your Logos Library.
- This is your top prioritized commentary.
- This is the Information window which shows information on the word that your mouse is over.
- This is the Text Comparison window which shows you your Bible verse in different translations.
- You can return to the Home Page by clicking the House icon.
After you become more comfortable with Logos you will want to create your own Layouts. A layout will contain your resources and tools in the main Logos window. To open to your last Layout rather than the Home Page you will need to turn Off this default feature. This is done from the Home Page (see below).
- Click on Customize in the bottom left corner of the Home Page.
- In the pop-up selector, click to uncheck Show home page at startup.
Note: Logos 5.0b relocates this option to Tools > Program Settings
Then the next time that you open Logos you will be taken to your Layout and Logos will save the current layout when it exits. You will probably want to create named Layouts for various studies. To do this you will open & arrange resources and tools, then save the Layout with a specific name. You can open a named Layout out by clicking on the layout button on the right side of the menubar, then in the drop down menu find your named layout on the right and click on it.
You can always return to the Home Page by clicking on the Home Page icon in the upper left corner of the Logos menu bar. Then to return to the Layout window from the home page, simple click on the Home Page icon again.
Automatic saving of a Layout
If you have the Home Page turned Off when starting Logos, it will remember how the Layout window was previously shown and restore it. To save a layout you will need to learn about named Layouts. If you have a preferred Layout, you can add it to the shortcuts bar which will allow you to open that layout with a single mouse click.
Basic things to learn about Logos
It is highly recommended that you take some time and watch these tutorial videos Unofficial Tutorial Videos. They will introduce you to many of Logos’ features and get you started.
There is a lot to learn in Logos. But if you start with learning just a few features at a time and at your own pace push yourself to learn others, you will master Logos. As with any new programs it takes time to learn and gain in depth understanding and Logos is no different. So below are some suggested places to start.