Updated for Logos 8+

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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 also apply that style.

You can keep the Highlighting tool open in your layout by dragging it from its default location on the left side. And 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 right click on part of the highlighted text, click “Selection” on the shaded side of the Context menu and then click Delete Notes and Highlights on the other side (used to be “Remove annotations”).

Or select the highlighted text and press the keyboard combination Ctrl+Shift+K (Mac users: Shift+Cmd+K).

Use Erase if you want to remove any part of the highlighting e.g. if you remove highlighting in the middle you will have two separate highlights.

Shortcut keys


   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

In the Highlighting panel click New palette

Give the new palette a name.

Right click on your new palette, or click the down-arrow and select “Add a new style”.

Give the new style a name and then proceed to modify the Font, Background, Text Effects, Borders & Lines, Image, and optionally associate it with a Label. The preview area will show you what your style will look like. See below for detailed descriptions of what each of these options do. When you have finished click Save in the header.

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

If you decide to add a custom image it is important to remember that there is a 4MB file size limit.

Insert Text

This option allows the insertion of a text label Before/After and Above/Below an applied highlight. The font selection is identical to the Font Styling section above with the exception of the “Capsule” option which encases the text in a capsule.


A custom label allows you to categorize the text you are highlighting and then search for the category and/or its attributes in your resources.

Notes and Highlighting

Which Notes destination?

When you apply a Highlighting style to resource text its details are stored in a Note, and you can choose the destination Notebook in the palette:

  • Right click the Palette header, or click the down-arrow on the right
  • Click on the name opposite Notebook:
  • Choose from:
    • Active notebook (default):- active in Notes tool, or the last one used;
    • No notebook:- you can assign it to a Notebook from the Notes tool; or
    • a list of Notebooks

A change of destination only affects new highlights. This redirection allows you to mix, or separate, notes and highlights.

What is stored?

  • The text highlighted and its location
  • The style used
  • By default, the highlighting will have its Note Indicator/Icon set to None.
  • The note content is blank, but you can make a note.
  • When you apply compound highlights (a highlighting style applied to already highlighted text), Logos creates a new note for each style applied.

Manage Highlighting

Restyle Highlighting

If you want to apply a different style to all highlights in a given style, use Restyle annotations:

  1. Right click the Style header, or click the down-arrow on the right
  2. Click Restyle Annotations
  3. Select the new style from the drop down menu.

Delete Style

You can remove a style from a palette provided it is not being used:

  1. Right click the Style header, or click the down-arrow on the right

  2. Click Delete
  3. If it is not being used the style is removed.
    Otherwise you get a Warning dialog box:

    1. You should choose another style or Cancel
      Note that “No highlight” is not the same as Erase.
    2. Click Delete Style

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. 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 in the area incorrectly highlighted, as long as the word is not part of any highlighting that you want to retain.
    Click “Selection” on the shaded side of the Context menu, and click Delete Notes and Highlights on the other side (used to be “Remove annotations”).
  • After that your highlighting is restored to its prior state.

WARNING: DO NOT click on “Erase” in the top right-hand corner of the Highlighting panel. This will either remove ALL your highlighting styles or just a part of a style(s), depending what you selected.

Old Testament icons

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

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