Layout for Reading a Book

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See also:
 Locator bar
 Finding Highlighted Text
 Visual Filter Menu

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 The objective of this wiki page is to show you how to open a book for reading. It will guide you through the most common steps of clearing the layout, selecting a book and opening it, opening the Highlighter tool, and resizing panels (window panes).

Clearing your layout

 Many of you may be starting from the Home page. So first we will want to switch over to the Layout view.

  1. If you are on the Home page, then click on the house icon to switch to the Layout view.

  2. Now you may have several panels open in your layout from a previous study. Let’s close them. There is an easier method to do this rather than clicking on the x in every panel. In the Command bar, type close all. Logos will try to anticipate your command and show you what it finds in a drop down menu. In this case since we knew the command we can ignore the drop down menu.
  3. Now click on the blue circle with the arrow to have Logos execute our command. Be patient, it may take a few seconds for Logos to complete this.
  4. Now your layout window should be empty.

Selecting your book to read

 We will use the most common method to select our book, use the Library drop down menu. Later for other methods you might want to view this wiki article: Opening your resources (books).

  1. Click on the book icon to have Logos show us the drop down Library tool.
  2. You will notice all your books in the tool when the Library tool first displays. To reduce the number of books in our view we can use the Find box to filter our library. If you know one or more words in the title of the book that you want to read, then you can enter them in the Find box and Logos will restrict the book list to those which match your word(s). In this example we will look for the book Defending Your Faith. In the Find box type defend. Notice that Logos found only 3 books in my library. You may also notice that 2 of the books do not have the word Defend in the title. Somewhere in the subject or other field Logos has found defend for them and has shown them to us.
  3. Now locate the book Defending Your Faith in the list. Then click on its title to have Logos open it for us.

  4. Logos opens our book into the layout.

Opening the Highlighting tool and Resizing panels

 As you are reading in a book you may like to highlight phrases or sentences that you want to remember. Logos provides an extensive set of highlighters. Logos also provides a way to navigate between highlighted text (see wiki page Finding Highlighted Text). You can also search for text which is highlighted (see wiki article Searching for a word with a specific highlighted pen).
 Also in this section we will resize our Highlighting tool panel and the panel for the book.

  • Opening the Highlighter tool

  1. In the top menu click on Tools.
  2. in the drop down menu click on Highlighting.

  3. Logos opened our Highlighting tool panel on the left. Tool panels by default are a fixed width and cannot be changed. (but you will be shown below a method to override this)
  4. Notice that when you hold your mouse over the right edge of the book panel that the cursor changes to a double-ended arrow. This is to allow you to click and drag the edge of the panel to change its width.
    1. Now hold your mouse over the edge of the Highlighting tool panel. Notice that you see no double-ended arrow cursor. This is because the tool panel is a fixed width by default.

    • Overriding the Highlighter panel fixed width
  5. With your mouse, click on the Highlighter tool’s tab and drag it to a new location ...

    1. ... and drop it there. Logos now will allow the tool panel to be resized. But first we want to move the tool panel back on the left side of our layout.

    2. So grab the tab of the tool panel with your mouse and drag it to the left side of the layout ....

    3. ... and drop it there. Logos now shows our tool panel as before.

  6. Hold your mouse over the right edge of the tool panel. Notice that your cursor changes to a double-ended arrow allowing us to resize the width of the panel. Drag the right edge of the tool panel to the left to make it narrower.

    1. Now we have our Highlighter tool panel on the left of our layout and narrower so that it does not use much of our layout.
  7. Now let’s expand the width of our book to fill our layout. Move your mouse over the right edge of the book panel and drag it to the right to fill the layout.

  8. Now we have our layout adjusted for our reading.

Viewing the Table of Contents

 You may want to view your Table of Contents for your book. Logos provides a method which shows it on the left side of your book. It can be turned ON or OFF.

  1. Under the toolbar for your book is the Locator bar. On it is a chevron icon which allows you to open or close the Table of Contents. Click on it to show your Table of Contents for the book. (to learn more about the Locator bar see the wiki page Navigating a Resource (controls in the Locator bar))


    1. If you do not see the Locator bar, then click on the book’s icon in the upper left corner of the panel. Logos will show you the menu for your resource.
    2. In the drop down menu click on Show locator bar and Logos will show it. Notice on the left side of this menu item there is a keyboard shortcut for doing this without having to use the menu.
    3. Also notice that you can show the Table of Contents using the menu. This would allow you to turn ON/OFF the Table of Contents without showing the Locator bar (in the case where you want to save space in your panel and not show the Locator bar).

  2. Now you should see the Table of Contents. You can click on any of the entries there and Logos will reposition your book to that location. Also you can grab the right edge of the Table of Contents and resize the width of it. If an entry of the Table of Contents is too wide to fit Logos abbreviates it, but if you hold your mouse over that entry Logos will show you a pop-up with the full entry.
  3. To hide the Table of Contents, click on the chevron icon.

Highlighting in your book

 While you are reading in your book you may find text that you would like to highlight. This section will show you the basics on how to do this.

  1. Use your mouse and drag over the text that you want to highlight. Notice that Logos selects the text and shows it with temporary blue highlighting.
  2. Now in the Highlighting tool, select which highlighting style that you want and click on it. Logos will apply the highlighting style to your text.

  3. In your book click somewhere off the selected text to have Logos remove the blue temporary highlighting. Notice that you text now is highlighted. You can apply more than one highlighting style to your text if you desire. Just select the text and use the Highlighting tool again.

  4. In the event that you want to remove highlighting from specific text Logos provides a way to erase highlighting. Use your mouse to select the text that you want to erase highlighting from. You can select an area of text larger than just what is highlighted or just a portion of what is highlighted.
    1. Then in the Highlighting tool click on Erase. Logos removes the highlighting. There also is a keyboard shortcut, on your keyboard press the key combination Ctrl Shift K (Mac users: press Shift-Command-K)

  5. Logos provides a way to Hide or Show all your highlighting in your book. Click on the Visual Filter Menu icon in the book’s toolbar.
    1. In the drop down menu locate the highlighting that you want to Hide/Show and click on it. If it is checked then highlighting is shown. If unchecked then it is hidden. Notice that if you have used different styles of highlighting that you can independently Hide/Show them as there will be multiple highlighting entries in this menu. See the wiki page Visual Filter Menu to learn more about the Visual Filter Menu.

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