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  Logos Tutorial Video #9 – Highlighting

See Also
 Extended Tips for Highlighting
 Navigating by Highlights
 Finding Highlighted Text
 Creating and Using Highlights video

Page Contents

Opening the Highlight Tool

The Highlighting tool can be opened using Tools | Highlighting. If it is opened by a simple click it will open in a fixed pane (cannot be re-sized) on the left side of the screen.

If you want to give the Highlighting pane custom dimensions you can drag it from the Tools Menu or by its tab to any location on your screen, just like any other resource.

Applying Highlighting

The tool looks like this (you can expand or collapse sections by clicking on their titles).

To highlight some text, select the text you want to highlight, and click on a highlighting style. Pressing Ctrl+K will apply that same selected highlighting style which is now the current one (you can only have one current highlighting style at a time).

You can keep the highlighting tool open in a panel (usually it comes up by default as a narrow panel on the left) if you’re going to be using various different highlight colors. Or if you’re just going to use one color, you can close the panel, select text and press Ctrl+K to apply the current highlighting style to the selection. Also you can assign keyboard shortcut keys to simplify the process (see the next section).

Erasing Highlighting

To erase highlighting, select the highlighted text and click Erase (on the upper right of the Highlighting panel).

Or from the keyboard: select the highlighted text and on your keyboard press the key combination Ctrl Shift K (Mac users: Shift Cmd K).

New with version 4.2a: select the highlighted text, then right click on it; with Selection set on the right you will find Remove Highlighting on the left, click on it.

Shortcut keys

Introduced in 4.0c


   1. Right click on a highlighter style
   2. On the pop-up menu click on the arrow to the right of Shortcut key
   3. In the new pop-up menu click on the letter that you want to assign to this highlighter shortcut.
   4. Hit Esc or click somewhere else to dismiss the pop-up menu.


Select the text you want highlighted and press the appropriate shortcut key. (No Shift, Ctrl, Alt combination is needed)

Clearing a Shortcut key

   1. Right click on the highlight style
   2. In the pop-up menu click on Clear shortcut.

Creating Custom Palettes

Watch John Norman’s helpful Creating and Using Highlights.
In the Highlighting panel right click and select “Create a new Palette”
Give the new palette a name.
Right click on your new palette and select “Create a new style”

Give the new style a name and then proceed to modify the Font, Background, Text Effects, Borders & Lines, Image, and Label Text. The preview area will show you what your style will look like. See below for detailed descriptions of what each of these options do.

As you add new styles to your custom palette the program will order them alphabetically. If you want to have the styles listed in an alternate order place a number before the style name (i.e. 1Genesis) before you save the style. If you add a number after you create the style you will have to relaunch the highlighting pane for the change in order to take effect. You might need to play around to see how numbers letters and spaces interact.

Font Styling

The font is changed when the markup is applied:

  1. Select font from drop-down to change the font of text
  2. Changes the size of the text
  3. Changes the color of the text
  4. Makes the text bold
  5. Makes the text italicized
  6. Makes the text all small caps
  7. Makes the text all caps
  8. Superscripts the text
  9. Subscripts the text


  1. Choose None, Solid Background, or Highlights
  2. Use colored square to chose the background color.

Text Effects

  1. Choose Glow, Outline, or Shadow
  2. Use the colored square to chose the color of the effect.

Borders & Lines

  1. Selects the type of line to be used (i.e. solid, dashed)
  2. Selects the number of lines to be used
  3. Selects the thickness of the line
  4. Changes the color of the lines
  5. Click on the light gray lines to choose where in relationship to the text the line/border is used.


Click on the gray square to bring up the file navigator. Choose the desired image (a number are available by default).

  1. Chooses the Horizontal alignment of the image
  2. Chooses the Vertical alignment of the image
  3. Chooses the color of the image
  4. Chooses the size of the image

Label Text

This option allows the insertion of a text label before or after an applied highlight. The font selection is identical to the Font Styling section above with the exception of the “Bubble” option which encases the text in a bubble (not surprisingly).

Old Test. icons

Small icons which you can add to your highlighting are in this File. They were posted in this forum post


See this wiki page for highlighting examples. Highlighting – Examples

To Undo Highlighting

There is no formal Undo of Highlighting but there is an effective workaround that accomplishes the same purpose.

  • Assume you have been working on scripture and adding highlights, so your Bible manuscript looks like this:

  • Then, by mistake, you have a large area of text selected, and you inadvertantly highlight in a different color!


No worries, just right click on any word/character in the area incorrectly highlighted (as long as what you click on does not contain any highlighting that you want to retain), be sure “Selection” is selected in the right-hand column, and click on “Remove highlighting” in the left-hand column.

  • Note: in version 4.5, in the right-click menu look on the right side and click on Remove annotations. (not shown below)
    (Remove highlighting has been changed. Also you don’t need to select Selection but it won’t hurt.)


  • All is back to normal, restored to the prior state:


WARNING: DO NOT Highlight the area that you highlighted by mistake, and Click on “Erase” in the top right-hand corner of the Highlighting Pane – this will erase ALL Highlighting:


  • Erase produces the result below:


  • This is a very acceptable alternative to an Undo feature in Highlighting!

Highlighting and Notes

Highlighting information & some editing was integrated with Notes from v4.5 so you should also study the wiki on Notes. Specifically:-

  1. Directing Highlighting to a Note file
  2. Selecting a Note Indicator
  3. Changing the Style

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