Please watch Mark Barnes excellent video Logos Tutorial Video #10 – Notes.
Logos4 provides the ability to create a Note file where you can add individual notes. You can create as many of these Note files as you wish. In a Note file you have 3 methods in which you can add individual notes as stated below. You will not be limited to one method, but are free to use all of the methods for your individual notes in your Note file.
- You can add unattached notes within a Note file.
This is done by clicking on Add note button found in the toolbar of your Note file’s panel.
- You can add a note which is tied to a Bible reference (specific Bible verse) in all Bible referenced resources.
See the article Adding a note to a Bible reference in all Bibles below for how to do this.
- You can add a note which is tied to text in a resource (book) which will be shown only in that specific resource.
See the article Adding a note via highlighting text in a Bible resource below for how to do this.
Below are some of the basics in a Note file.
- When you add an individual note, there are 2 basic fields for your note.
- The Title field can be edited to help you recognize your note’s content. When you create a note using methods 2 & 3 as mentioned above, Logos4 will insert the Bible reference or the resource’s name in front of the Title. To edit the Title click in the title area and Logos4 will show you a text box. Then just type what you would like for your title.
- The Content field is located just below the Title. When you click on it Logos4 will show you the Content text box. You can enter multiple lines of text here. You can also select your text within the contents box and use controls on the toolbar to change the selected text’s format. You can also add hyperlinks inside of your note to other resources and such.
- When you have a note selected or you hover your mouse over a note, you will notice the delete icon . If you click on this icon Logos4 will delete that specific note. If you accidentally do this, you can quickly use Ctrl Z to restore the note.
- Logos4 allows you to view your notes within your Note file in 2 modes:
- Full which shows the Contents of each note under its title.
- Compact which shows only the Title with a short excerpt from the contents grayed out to the right of the title. The Contents for all the individual notes will be hidden, except for a selected individual note.
If your notes markers are not showing up in your resource, you may have them turned Off in the Visual Filter Menu menu. Please see the wiki page Visual Filter Menu to learn how to turn them On/Off.
How do I add a hyperlink to the note file?
Logos4 allows you to create hyperlinks to other resources in your notes. You can link to Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, guides, and many other resources/tools. You can tell if the resource/tool can be linked to by opening the resource’s/tool’s menu and looking for Copy locations as: URL. You will want to select the link type URL next to Copy locations as: when creating links for your notes. Logos4 has a keyboard shortcut for Copy locations as:, Ctrl Alt C (Mac users: Option-Command-C). It should be noted that you should have left URL as the last method, otherwise you will need to use the menu to select this. Logos4 remembers your last Copy location method.
Most resource types as books will allow you to link more precisely to a particular sentence or paragraph. You will need to set you resource’s location at the top of the panel before getting the copying the URL. For instance if you are in a Bible you will want the scripture that you want to link to showing in the reference box of that Bible. In a commentary or dictionary you will want the location showing at the top of the panel.
When linking to some tools Logos4 may not be as precise. For instance if you link to another note, Logos4 will only link to the note file itself. This is also true for clippings. For Text Comparison you would want the scripture in the reference box set before getting the URL.
Creating a Link to your favorite Bible
Logos4 does this automatically for you when you type a scripture reference in your note. So you do not need to get a URL as you would when creating all other hyperlinks. Logos4 does require that the first letter of the Bible book be capitalized! You can use abbreviations to books, see this page for abbreviations for Bible books that Logos4 will recognize. One other important item is that you must have a space after the reference before Logos4 will automatically link it. For cases where you have a parenthesis (or brace, etc) immediately after the verse, you will need a space after that before Logos4 will create the link. These automatic links are directed to your Preferred Bible which you setup on your Home page. To link to a different Bible you will need to manually create the link as shown in Creating a Link to a specific Bible.
a) Notice that this is not linked. The first letter was not capitalized.
b) Notice that this is not linked. A space was not entered after the scripture reference.
c) This was linked by Logos4. When linked the scripture reference will turn blue.
d) When you hover your mouse over a link, Logos4 will show you a pop-up of the scripture verse.
e) Notice it shows you which Bible that the link is pointed to. My preferred Bible is set to NIV.
f) To jump to the hyperlink, hold the Ctrl key down and click on the link with your mouse. (Mac users: hold Cmd key down)
Note: this is reported as not working in the Mac yet.
Using Hyperlinks & Highlighting in your notes
- Using highlighting and hyperlinks in your notes can reduce the size of your note file. It also can be a good way to remember where your were in other resources and what you were thinking.
How do I jump from a hyperlink in a note?
- Hover the mouse over the hyperlink in your note.
- Hold the Ctrl key down and Click the mouse.
(Mac users: use the Cmd key)