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

Wiki has Installation and Indexing FAQ for Logos 4/5 and Installation and Indexing FAQ for Logos 6+
Tip: Logos is resource intensive and benefits from fast processor, graphics, 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 Logos application, sign-in with your Logos account. Logos then downloads your library content, followed by indexing (computer tends to get Hot while processors and disk busy indexing for several hours).
Tip: Recommend waiting for indexing to finish before using Logos (can read resources, but scrolling will be sluggish).
Tip: After order(s), changing your Logos program setting for Automatically Download Updates to Yes initiates process to download, install, and index new purchase(s).
Tip: Many free resources are available (Logos does not charge credit card for $ 0.00).

First Steps

Mark Barnes created Tutorial # 2 – First Steps video that covers the basics of using Logos Bible Software: finding, opening and reading a book; the Home Page and “Go” button; setting your preferred Bible. It introduces the three guides: Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide and Bible Word Study, and demonstrates searching, before showing you how to resize and move panels and tabs.

Wiki has Logos Basics

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: 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 Logos Basics that has Home Page “GO” tutorial.
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: Change Text Comparison link set from A to Follow for smoother scrolling in Bible. Optionally close Text Comparison since can highlight Bible verse(s) in Logos and press F7 for pop-up Text 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 Layouts to retain your preferences for different studies.

Library & Prioritizing

Wiki has Prioritizing with Basic and Advanced prioritization plus A Sample Prioritize List and Library.
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 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.


Wiki has Layouts, Linking Resources, and Layouts useful to Users
Tip: Start with pre-defined QuickStart layouts for your study (Logos 7+).
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.


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 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
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