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What is a Shortcut

  • Shortcuts are links which you create that sit on your Toolbar.

   

  • They are similar to your desktop icons which open programs or to quick internet links that you might have on your browser.
  • These allow you with a single click to open various resources or tools or programs
  • You create these by dragging and dropping an item on to the toolbar. (see Creating Shortcuts)




Creating Shortcuts

Creating a Shortcut to a Command

  • In the Command box, you can type a command.



  • The following steps will guide you in creating a Shortcut for the ESV Bible using the command box.
    1. In the command box type open esv.
    2. In the drop down menu under Resources, click on Open English Standard Version entry, drag it to the toolbar (in a blank area) and drop it there.



    3. Now you will see the new Shortcut to the ESV in your toolbar.



    4. Now hover your mouse over the Shortcut then click on it.
      • If the ESV is not open then Logos opens a new tab for the ESV.
      • If the ESV was already open in one of your window panes, then Logos activates it and brings it to the top.



  • Some popular command Shortcuts are:
    • Close All, Sync Now, Update Now, Update Resources
    • Set use internet to OFF, Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery

 


Creating a Shortcut to one of your open Resources

  • You can drag an open resource by its tab to the toolbar to create a Shortcut.
    1. Hold your mouse over the tab. Then click and drag the tab to Logos’s toolbar and drop it in a blank area.



      • Logos may hide that tab (as if you were moving the tab to a new window pane).
      • After you drop it on the toolbar, the resource will reappear where it was prior to dragging it.
    2. Now you see your new Shortcut on the toolbar.



      • Since you already have the resource open, then clicking on the new Shortcut will just ensure that it is active.
        • Try selecting another tab in that window pane (so the one you created a Shortcut for is hidden).
        • Or try closing that tab (the one you created a shortcut to).
        • Now click on the new Shortcut and that resource will become active or be opened (if you closed it).

 


  • Follow the steps below:
    1. Have Logos open and behind your browser.
    2. Have FireFox open and on top of Logos so that you can see the Logos Toolbar.
    3. Navigate FireFox to the website that you want to create a Shortcut to.
    4. On the icon to the left of the URL (address), click and drag it to Logos’ toolbar (a blank spot on the toolbar) and drop it there.



    5. Now you will see your new Shortcut on your toolbar.



    6. Now if you click on the Shortcut it will open FireFox to the website that you linked to.
      (Providing that FireFox is your default browser)




  • Creating a Shortcut using Windows Internet Explorer is not quite as easy as using FireFox.
  • There are 2 methods for doing this with IE. We will cover my preferred method here.
    • This method we will create a new quick Favorite in IE on its Favorite bar, then we will delete it when done.
    1. Open IE and navigate to the website that you want to create a Shortcut to.
    2. On IE’s Favorite bar there is an icon of a gold star. Click on this star.



    3. IE creates a new Favorite just to the right of the gold star icon on the favorite bar (as shown below).



      • Now we will use this new favorite to add it to Logos toolbar.
    4. Now with Logos showing behind IE and Logos’ toolbar visible, click on IE’s new favorite, drag it to the Logos toolbar (to a blank area) and drop it there.



    5. Now you will see the new Shortcut on Logos’ toolbar as shown below.
      If you click on the Shortcut it will open IE to the website that you linked to (providing that IE is your default browser).



      • Now we will delete the new favorite that we created in IE (since we don’t need it any more and want to keep IE’s favorite bar uncluttered).
    6. Now in IE, right click on the new favorite that you added earlier.
    7. In the pop-up menu, click on Delete. (make sure that you are on the new favorite!)



  


Creating a Shortcut to a named Layout

  • You can create Shortcuts to named Logos Layouts.
    • (see the wiki page Layouts to learn how to save a named Layout)
    1. On the right side of the Toolbar click on Layouts.
    2. In the drop down menu on the left side (Named Layouts), find the named layout that you want to create a Shortcut to. Then click and drag that named layout to the Logos toolbar (in a blank area) and drop it there.



    3. Now you will see your new Shortcut in the Logos toolbar.
    4. If you hover your mouse over the new Shortcut, Logos will display a large icon of the Layout.



    5. If you click on the new Shortcut Logos will open that Layout.




Creating a Shortcut to Logos Tools

  • You can create Shortcuts to Logos’ Tools.
    1. In the top menu click on Tools
    2. In the drop down menu locate the tool which you want to create a Shortcut to. Click and drag it to the Toolbar in a blank area and drop it.



    3. Now you will see the new Shortcut appear in the Logos toolbar.




Creating a Shortcut to Logos Guides, Notes, Clippings, etc

  • You can create Shortcuts to other Logos Files & Guides.
  • For Files:
    1. In the top menu, click on File.
    2. In the drop down menu, look under the column Open.
    3. Find the file that you want to create a Shortcut to, click and drag that file to the Logos toolbar in a blank area and drop it.



    4. Now you will see the new Shortcut to your file.

  • You can create Shortcuts to Guides as well.
    1. In the top menu, click on Guides.
    2. In the drop down menu locate the Guide that you want to create a Shortcut to. Then click and drag that guide to the Logos toolbar in a blank area and drop it.



    3. Now you will see the new Shortcut to your guide.




Creating a Shortcut for a Word doc

  • You can create a Shortcut to a Word document in Logos.
  • You can then click on the Shortcut in Logos and Word will open that document.
  • This example uses Windows explorer (this could also be done if you had a window’s shortcut).
    1. Make sure that you have Logos open and visible.
    2. Open Window’s explorer (not maximized, but in a reduced size window as shown) so that it is on top of the Logos window and the Logos toolbar is visible.
    3. Find your file in Window’s explorer. Click and drag it to Logos’ toolbar in a blank area and drop it there.



    4. Now you will see your new Shortcut in the Logos toolbar.



    5. If you click on the new Shortcut, Logos will have Windows open that document in the Word application.



  • This method would also work with Excel or PowerPoint.




Creating a Shortcut to a Logos Favorite

  • You can create a Shortcut to one of your Logos Favorites.
    • (see the wiki page Favorites to learn about Favorites)
      1. Make sure that you have Favorites open in your main Logos window.
      2. Locate the favorite that you want to create a Shortcut to. Click and drag it to the Logos toolbar in a blank area and drop it there.



      3. Now you will see your new Shortcut in the toolbar.



      4. If you click on the new Shortcut it will open your favorite.




Creating a Shortcut for an HTML file

  • You can create Shortcuts to HTML files on your computer.
    • (HTML files are files which open up in your internet browser, but are saved locally on your computer)
    1. Open Logos.
    2. Open Windows explorer with a reduced window size. Make sure that Windows explorer appears on top of Logos and that the Logos toolbar is visible.
    3. Locate your HTML file in Windows explorer. Click on it and drag it to the Logos toolbar in a blank area and drop it there.



    4. Now your new Shortcut to the HTML file appears in the Logos toolbar.
      • If you had created a windows shortcut to the HTML file, you could drag the windows shortcut to the Logos toolbar.
      • When you use window shortcuts, you can control which icon that will appear in the Logos toolbar.
        By in windows explorer, right clicking on the shortcut and change the icon property.




Creating a Shortcut for a Windows program

  • You can create Shortcuts to window’s programs.
    1. Icons on your desktop.
    2. Click on the desktop icon and drag it to the Logos toolbar in a blank area and drop it there.



    3. Now you will see your new Shortcut in the Logos toolbar.



    4. When you click on your new Shortcut Logos will open the program which you created the shortcut for.




Creating a Shortcut to other Windows apps/docs w\icons

  • You can add a Shortcut to pretty much any windows app or file (that can be opened by a windows app).
  • If you create a windows shortcut to this app/file, then you can use windows properties to change the icon which is used with it.
  • In this example we will use windows explorer to create a Shortcut to a map picture which we created a shortcut to and set the icon for that shortcut to be a globe.
    (if you wanted to be organized, you could create a folder under your MyDocs named LogosShortcuts and create shortcuts to apps/files that you might use in Logos)
    1. Open Logos
    2. Open windows explorer in a reduces window size so that it is over your Logos window and that Logos toolbar is showing.
    3. Locate the app/file/shortcut that you want to create a Shortcut to. Click and drag it to a blank area on the Logos toolbar and drop it there.



    4. Now you will see the new Shortcut on your Logos toolbar showing the globe icon that was applied to that shortcut.



  • To create a windows shortcut to a app/file:

    a) In windows explorer right click on the file.
    b) In the pop-up menu click on Create Shortcut.



    c) Now you will see the new windows shortcut appear in windows explorer.



  • To change the icon in a windows shortcut:

    a) In windows explorer right click on the shortcut.
    b) A pop-up properties box appears.
    c) Click on Change Icon button.
    d) In the pop-up icon selector box click on the icon that you want to use.
    e) Click the OK button in the icon selector box.
    f) Click OK in the properties box.






Opening a Shortcut

Clicking to open

  • This is the obvious and simplest form to open Shortcuts.
    1. Move your mouse over the Shortcut icon and click.



    2. Logos now opens your Shortcut.






Opening in a new tab

  • You can open your Logos Shortcut (Resources, Files, Guides, etc) to a new tab.
    1. Right click on your Shortcut.
    2. In the drop down menu select Open in a new tab.



    3. Logos will open the resource/file/guide in a new tab.




Opening in a floating window

  • You can open your Logos Shortcut (Resources, File, Guides, etc) to a floating window.
    1. Right click on your Shortcut.
    2. In the drop down menu select Open in a floating window.



    3. Logos will open the resource/file/guide in a floating window.




Deleting a Shortcut

  • You can Delete your Shortcuts.
    1. Right click on your Shortcut.
    2. In the drop down menu select Delete.






Rearranging your Shortcuts

  • If you want to rearrange the order of your Shortcuts.
    1. Click and drag the Shortcut icon...
    2. You will notice as you drag the Shortcut icon that a vertical I-bar shows between other Shortcut icons. This lets you know where Logos thinks you want place the Shortcut. Drop the icon in the new location.



    3. Now you will see your Shortcut in the new location where you dropped it.






  • See this Forum post




Changing Shortcut icon

  • You can change your Shortcut icons.
    • You can have a Shortcut shown as:
      • Icon & text
      • Text only
      • Icon only

   

  1. Right click on the Shortcut icon that you want to change.
  2. In the drop down menu:
    1. If you want text as part or all of your Shortcut, click in the textbox and change the text that you want.
    2. The text will appear if you click the checkbox for show label.



    3. Notice that both the icon and the text are showing. (when both checkboxes are checked)
    4. If you don’t want the icon, but only the text, then uncheck the show image checkbox.
  3. To change the icon image, simple select one from the group of icons.
    (make sure that you have the show image checkbox checked)



Saving Shortcuts & Restoring them to shortcut bar

You may have so many shortcut on your shortcut bar this you find that you have to scroll often. You can save shortcuts in your Favorite tool and then remove them from the shortcut bar. Then later you can restore your shortcuts from the favorite tool. Please see this post Saving Shortcuts & Restoring them to shortcut bar.




Known problems with Shortcuts

Properties not attached to Shortcut

  • When creating a Shortcut, the Shortcut does not retain parameters (property) for the command.
    • This was acknowledged by Logos in this post and as of 4.0b Melissa (from Logos) says that it is still an open issue.
    • Parameters such as Bible reference or to open in a Floating window, opening Biblical People to specific person, etc.

  • A work around would be to create your link as a Favorite, the favorite will retain the parameters/properties.
    In some cases you can create a Shortcut from a Favorite and it retains its properties. (see Creating a Shortcut to a Logos Favorite)

Cannot change Shortcut icons

  • This is fixed in ver 4.1, see Changing Shortcut icon
    • Logos has predefined icons for its tools/layouts/notes/guides etc. Several user have expressed a wish to change these to better identify different instances of similar icons. Unfortunately this is not possible at this point in time (ver 4.0bSr2).
      • But if you hold your mouse over a Shortcut icon Logos will show you some information on that shortcut.
      • But this is not fully consistent. (e.g. Layouts show layout images, Commands show command, but Notes give no details on note name)
  • We do have some control over the icons for external shortcuts.
    • For instance, if you create a windows shortcut for your document or app, then you can use windows to edit that windows shortcut and thus change which icon that windows associates with that shortcut. The icon which is associated with your windows shortcut will appear in the Shortcuts bar. (see Creating a Shortcut to other Windows apps/docs w\icons)




Not enough room on Toolbar to drop new Shortcut

  • At some point you may fill up the area of the toolbar for Shortcuts.
    1. Make sure that the scrolling arrow for the Shortcut list on the left is not showing.
      (if you see the left arrow, click on it until the arrow disappears)



    2. Now you can drag and drop your new Shortcut between the command box and the first Shortcut icon.



      • Notice the vertical I-bar will appear when you are able to drop the new shortcut.
      • This may not be where you wanted that Shortcut placed. Then see Rearranging your Shortcuts.




I don’t see all my Shortcuts

  • If you have a lot of Shortcuts or if you resize the Logos window, you may not see all of your Shortcuts.
  • When this happens Logos shows arrows for scrolling through your Shortcut list (notice red circled arrows)








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