Hints and Tips

Wiki: TOC, VTOC, Home
Forum: Home, General

See also
 Organizing your Notes/Clippings

How to check for new tips:

Click on the history tab in the top right corner of this page. It shows a history of revision by date. Clicking on entries that have been made since the last time you consulted this page will show you what is new (revisions are highlighted).

Getting Started with Logos

  • Wiki page Getting Started with Logos has many Tips plus excellent video tutorial and wiki links.
  • Prioritize Library so Logos uses your preferred Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries, Grammars, and Lexicons.
  • Favorites can be used to open favorite resources or tools into a floating window (can drag stuff to Favorites to create items).
  • Layouts are useful for focusing Bible Study: only open what is needed, save and switch layouts when changing study topics.
  • Collections can be a big help with Searches, Guide sections, and Cited By tool.

Clippings = Index Cards

  • Highlight, then drag into clippings OR Right click to add to Clippings


  • Use Ctrl+K (PC) or Cmd+K (Mac) to reapply the last visual markup you use without having to return to the highlighting pane.
  • Use Shift+Ctrl+K (PC) or Shift+Cmd+K (Mac) to erase.
  • Assign keyboard shortcuts for favorite highlighters.


  • Use Tools => Information to check understanding as you read (setting choice: hover or click to update information).

Passage & Exegetical Guide

  • The reference shown at the top of the passage guide will open the passage in your favorite bible.
  • In the Word for Word section of a guide the Interlinear used can be changed by clicking on the Interlinear name and changing to the one you want.
  • Hovering over the “Word for Word” bar will show a Settings option that will allow you to adjust which words are automatically looked up.
  • To refresh the commentaries in a guide, press F5.
  • Creating a new Guide and naming it “My Passage Guide” or “My Exegetical Guide”, or “My Word Study Guide” causes your guide to become the default. Also can add many commentary and collection sections using your collections.
  • Collapsing a section in one of the guides means it won’t open the next time you run that guide.

Passage Lists

  • When the text of a passage is visible 1 Peter 5:1f will show 1 Peter 5:1-2. 1 Peter 5:1ff will show 1 Peter 5:1 through as much of the passage that can be displayed. The reference will be displayed as 1 Peter 5:1f
  • 1 Peter 5:1a will maintain the “a” in the reference list.


  • If you want the library to stay open, drag it to the desktop to create a tab.
  • You can rename your resources and give them a short name: in the library show more information using the the circled i and click on the pencil icon.
  • A series of books can be prioritised by right-clicking on the series name within the library.
  • Option: tag resources, which can be helpful for collections (e.g. Interlinear).

Reading Plans

  • If you have a book you want to read and don’t want to be looking at title pages and table of contents, you can limit the reading plan by page numbers, assuming your resource has them.

Compare Versions

  • Press F7 to view a selected verse or one you are hovering over in your Top Bibles. Mac note: if “Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard keys” in Keyboard preferences is unchecked, then (fn) key needs to be pressed with F7

Bible navigation

  • If you want to go from 1 Peter 1:1 to 1 Peter 1:17 you only need to type “17” in the reference box. If you want to go from 1:17 to 2:12 simply type “2.12”.

Biblical Places

  • If you want to determine the distance between two points, simply hold down Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) while dragging between two locations.
  • Find Ctrl+F (PC) or Cmd+F (Mac) function will allow you to locate places by name.
  • Click on city, click on coordinates and see it on Google maps


  • Use the tag #image when searching to search for images.
  • If you want a search to remain open, drag it to the desktop to create a tab.
  • Search History is available through a drop down to the right of the search box.
  • In Basic Search if you click on the highlighted “hit” in the search results it will open the article to that location. Clicking the blue article title will take you to the beginning of the article.

Transliteration entry

  • Use g: (for Greek) or h: (for Hebrew)

Windows and Tabs

  • Close all Logos tabs quickly using Ctrl+Shift+W (Windows) or Option+Cmd+W (Mac) or create shortcut for Close All command (drag command to shortcut bar)
  • Floating windows can be very helpful for Search, Library, and Collections
  • You don’t need to select a pane before scrolling up/down in that window
  • To make a second copy of a tab, hold down Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) then drag tab to desired location
  • Hyperlinks are draggable. Grab a hyperlink and drop it wherever you want it to open.
  • Hovering over a tab shows information about the resource in that tab.
  • Use left and right arrow keys to cycle through parallel resources.
  • If in a resource and want verse 3 in same chapter, type 3 in reference box and Enter.
  • To make any visible verse active (e.g. for “Compare Verses” tool – F7), simply click on it.
  • On PC, can close a tab quickly by using middle mouse button (scroll wheel click) on tab.
  • On PC, can drag shortcuts onto command bar from Windows Explorer, an external application.

Synchronizing Multiple Tabs to a Later Verse Visible on the Same Tab

  • If you click on a verse a little farther down the page, not all the synced resources follow. To quickly synchronize everything to your new verse (after clicking on the new verse in your Bible), hit the right arrow key to switch to your next Bible. This will sync all linked resources to that reference. Then use the left arrow key to switch back to your original Bible.

Visual Filters

  • Once you’ve set up a visual filter (see the video on it) give it a name and then you can toggle it on and off using the “triple circle” at the top of the resource pane of the resource.

Command Bar

  • Typing Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery (or FSD) into the bar will open a something random – a sort of pot luck!
  • Fastest Bible search option: Alt+D (PC) or Option+Cmd+L (Mac) gets you to the command bar. Write the searched word (for example marriage) and hit Ctrl+Enter (PC) or Down Arrow to desired search, then Enter (Mac). You get Bible Search results.
  • Can open things: e.g. open kjv in a new window

Home page

  • To refresh your home page, including changing your book of the day, press F5
  • The scripture references on the Home Page are hyperlinks, and you can hover your mouse over to see the Bible passage.
  • To return to your Study windows from the Home page simply click the Home Page button again
  • Alt+H (PC) or Shift+Cmd+H (Mac) will toggle between the homepage and your study page


  • Right click on image: can copy, save, print, or send to Powerpoint (and Keynote on Mac)


  • Create your own cross-references by creating a note file and naming it “Cross References”. Whenever you come across a verse that you would like to reference yourself, highlight verse, right click, click “Add a note to ‘Cross-References’. Under the automagically pasted reference in the note file, copy/paste the cross-referenced verse, write in the the reference before the verse and Logos will hyperlink it. Reverse the process for the other reference

Color coding notes

This suggestion comes from UCLA; it assists you in keeping track of sources. When you add a note set its color (click on the colored box by the title) according to the following scheme.

  • Red indicates a direct quote [often a clipping] – make sure you note the source
  • Blue indicates a summary – make sure you note the source if it isn’t “common knowledge”
  • Green indicates a paraphrase - make sure you note the source if it isn’t “common knowledge”
  • Purple indicates personal thoughts – others will need to quote you

Windows 7/8 and Logos

  • Put Logos first on taskbar and pin it. Hit Window + 1 to open to first floating window. Hit Window + 11 for second, Wind + 111 for third, etc.
  • In dual monitor, quickly move one window between the monitors by pressing Window + Shift + Arrow left/right.

Disabling Windows Security Warning

When clicking on a link to Logos from inside of a MS Office file (Word, Power Point or Excel), you might see a warning:

To disable hyperlink warning, refer to thread Hyperlink from L4 used in PowerPoint misdirects to my Web browser OR Links from PowerPoint to Logos

Up to Logos Bible Software Wiki

Logos Bible Software Wiki

Welcome, Guest! (sign in)