Getting Started with Logos


Quick customizations for your Bible Study together with Tips from experienced users.
Wiki pages often have step by step tutorials.


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Installation, Indexing & Updates

Wiki has Installation and Indexing FAQ

Tip: Logos is resource intensive and benefits from a fast processor and disk, along with adequate memory i.e. newer hardware.

Windows – video Mac – video Mark Barnes (Forum MVP) – video
Before Installing Before Installing Tutorial # 1 – Installation and indexing

After installing the Logos application, sign-in with your Logos account. Logos then downloads your library content, followed by indexing; which can take several hours.

Tip: Wait for indexing to finish before using Logos, as Searching will not function and other features will be sluggish.

Note that updates to the software and updated/new resources will be automatically downloaded by default, but you can change your program setting for Automatically Download Updates to No. You cannot know what is being downloaded, but you will get used to the size of a software update, so anything smaller will be a resource update(s).

Software updates are announced in the appropriate forum e.g. a thread titled “8.0 SR-1 (8.0.0.0583) is Now Available”, and you will know what has been changed. Whilst this does not apply to resource updates, you can find which resources have been updated in Library. Right click on a Library column header e.g. Title, then click “Last Updated” to add that column to the Library display, followed by dragging the column header to the desired place. Clicking the “Last Updated” header will sort resources by date.

In versions prior to Logos 8, the Home Page will have header items titled Installed 7.xx and Resources Updated, which you can check after the updates have downloaded. If you don’t see them, make sure they are checked in the Customize menu and/or refresh the Home Page (press F5 in Windows, or (fn)-F5 in Mac).

Tip: Many free resources are available (Logos does not charge credit card for $ 0.00).

First Steps

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.

Look at Passage and Exegetical Guide sections for your bible study – can customize Passage and Exegetical Guides. By default, Passage Guide includes several sections that retrieve information from internet.

Tip: Change Text Comparison link set to Follow for smoother scrolling in Bible. Optionally close Text Comparison since you can highlight Bible verse(s) and press F7 for a pop-up comparison of Top 5 Bibles (on Mac, if “Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard keys” in Keyboard preferences is unchecked, then (fn) key needs to be pressed with F7).
Tip: Use Settings in the Word by Word section of a custom Exegetical Guide to restrict the output for faster scrolling if your passage is a bible Chapter. Optionally create a custom Guide with only Word by Word section when you want a detailed report for several verses or chapters.
Tip: Windows Control key is equivalent to Command key on Mac.

The following videos demonstrate many Logos features; time is shown for each video (varies from 29 seconds to 39 minutes):

Windows videos Mac videos Unofficial Logos Training videos

Tip: You will learn as you go. It can take some time finish these setup procedures, but keep at it! Stop and try items in videos so you see how it works (may need to replay video section so you can repeat item in Logos). More Learning Logos options below.

Home Page

Wiki has Home Page Basics with an introduction to the GO/Command box(s).

Tip: If you press F9, Logos will play audio explanation of screen parts. As the audio is playing, a flaming image hovers over the screen part, together with a description box.
Tip: Use customised Passage and Exegetical Guides as it takes some time to populate all sections of a default Guide.
Tip: Collapse Guide sections for further speed improvements.
Tip: Use Layouts to retain your preferences for different studies.

Layouts

Wiki has Layouts, Linking Resources, and Layouts useful to Users

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 Logos to your Layout rather than the Home Page you will need to turn off this default, and Logos will save your current layout when it exits. The next time that you open Logos you will be taken to your Layout.
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 saved layout out by clicking on the Layout button, then in the drop down menu find your named layout on the right and click on it.
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.

Tip: Start with pre-defined QuickStart layouts for your study.
Tip: Save layouts for later use.
Tip: You can link resources so that when one scrolls the other scrolls, change where hyperlinks open, change the text size in one or all resources, use reading view or floating windows to maximise your reading experience.

Windows – videos Mac – videos Mark Barnes (Forum MVP) – videos
Layouts Layouts Tutorial # 14 – Layouts
Layouts Management

Tip: After naming (or updating) layout, can use close all command (or keyboard shortcut: Cmd+Option+W on Mac; Ctrl+Shift+W on PC) to close all panels.

Library & Prioritizing

Wiki has Library and Prioritizing with Basic and Advanced prioritization.

Your Library will show you information (metadata) about each resource that enables you to categorise or tag them, and filter Library content according to your needs.

Tip: Prioritize your Top 5 Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries, Grammars, and Lexicons (used by Passage and Exegetical Guides).
Tip: Prioritize your devotional resource(s) to show on Home Page in all Logos apps.

Windows – videos Mac – videos Mark Barnes (Forum MVP) – videos
Library Basics Library Tutorial # 15 – The Library
Library Advanced Tutorial # 16 – Prioritizing
Prioritize Library Prioritize Library Collections and Prioritising

Tip: For New Testament, Louw-Nida resources offer semantic domain (contextual usage) insights – a Greek word can have one Strong’s number and many Louw-Nida numbers.

Wiki has Search help, Detailed Search Help, Morphological Search, and About Topic Search.

Forum MVP Mark Barnes created Tutorial # 4 – Searching video and Tutorial #8 – Passage Lists

Tip: Search inline Help, or Search Templates (Logos 8) will assist you in formatting a query.
Tip: Case Study: Day of the Lord in Isaiah has a Bible Study example using several Searches, Passage List, and Passage Guide.
Tip: Basic Search for topics using fields Heading Text; Large Text e.g. Wuest Word Studies , Deuteronomy in Journals , and Prophecy study
Tip: Morph Search within Words of Christ using a Passage List

Favorites

Wiki has Favorites
Mark Barnes created Tutorial # 6 – Favorites video that shows how to create favorites, how to delete and rename them, how to re-order them, how to create and organise folders, how to add web links and files as favorites, and how to resize the favorites tool. It also describes the difference between favorites and bookmarks,
Tip: If you open Library and drag a book into a folder under Favorites, it can open that book to the Scripture that is displayed in the active window at the time you click on it.
Tip: Favorites can open resources or tools into a floating window.

Highlighting + Visual Filters

Wiki has Highlighting, Visual Filter, Extended Tips for Highlighting and Visual Filters, and Finding Highlighted Text
Faithlife has See what you can do with Visual Filters.
Mark Barnes created Tutorial # 9 – Highlighting video
Tip: a Search can become a visual filter with custom highlighting.
Tip: If you like to highlight when you read, Logos can do it. If you want to undo it right click the highlighted text and click Remove Annotation. Also, Visual Filters can be clicked on and off.

Cited By

Wiki has Cited By
Faithlife has Cited By video
Tip: Cited By tool searches your Logos Library for reference(s) to your Scripture Passage.
Tip: Cited By can be customized using collections and saved in layouts.

Information tool

Wiki has Information
Tip: Click a word to get a wealth of information about it, especially from a reverse interlinear bible.
Tip: Other References gives you an overview of the searches you can conduct for that word, or its containing phrase/sentence.

Collections

Wiki has Collections, A Rationale for Dynamic Collections, Example Collections, and Canonical Commentary Collections
Faithlife has Rule-Based Collections video
Mark Barnes created Collections and Prioritizing video set
Tip: Take your time setting up Collections. You can have many Collections, can be a big help with searches (and Passage Guide sections)
Tip: Collapsing Collection sections in Cited By tool allows faster launching of Cited By, then can choose collection(s) to expand for further study.

Personal Books

You can build your own books in Logos from a docx file.
Wiki has Personal Books
Morris Proctor has Personal Book videos
Tip: many document formats can be converted to docx

Learning Logos

Tip: Becoming proficient with Logos features and capabilities takes months of use – practice and perseverance produces powerful results.
Tip: Learning Logos is an iterative process. Try using Logos features and capabilities – can come back and improve initial attempts.

Logos Video Tutorials has many links, including Sentence Diagramming, Sermon Preparation, and Syntax Search.
Tip: watch video, pause, switch to Logos, try to do what video shows, switch to video, play.

Visual Table of Contents/Table of Contents shows all Logos menus plus screen shots, tutorials, and examples.

Logos Forums have many friendly discussions about using Logos Bible Software – good place to ask questions. Wiki Using the Forum has usage tips, including searching.

Camp Logos Schedule Morris Proctor is the officially authorized Logos trainer: 2 or 3 days hands-on Camp Logos recommended + worthwhile + effective
    Logos.com offers Camp Logos training items for purchase, including DVD’s plus Learning videos for purchase

John Fallahee offers Independent training for purchase (not affiliated with Logos.com)
    Free Tutorial Videos
    Free Live Webinars


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