Updated for Logos version 10+

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Layout Management

Please use the link for Layouts Management, as it will show you the basics of creating Layouts.

Creating a Layout

  1. Open resources
  2. Open Documents, Guides, and Tools from the top menus
  3. Move Tabs / Close Tabs
  4. Link Resources
  5. Name your layout
  6. Choose what happens when you restart Logos

Using a pre-defined Layout

The Layouts menu has QuickStart layouts and Home Page layouts that you can use for your study. They are usually associated with use of the Home Page or Command Box, but you can customize them for your purposes.

  1. Open the Layouts menu:

  2. Click on Quickstart Layouts or Home Page Layouts.
  3. Click on the desired layout.
    • If a layout indicates Custom, it has been changed from its default (below).
  4. Make any changes you want.
  5. Name your layout
  6. Choose what happens when you restart Logos

NOTE: If you want to change the default for any of these layouts:

  • Make the changes you want.
  • Hover over the layout name, click the down arrow and select “Replace with current layout”.
    • you can undo this with “Restore default layout”.
  • Thereafter, the custom layout will open from the Home Page when you click a Bible Reading Plan, Lectionary, etc., or open a layout from the Command Box e.g. study Jn 3:16.

How do I get a layout to show when I open Logos?

If Logos opens to the Home page you will need to disable this so that your layout can appear. Alternatively, you may want to restart to a layout in a particular way.

  • This is done from Program Settings in the Tools menu:
  • Click the menu button opposite At Startup Open to and choose:-
    • Most recent layout – local to load your automatically saved layout.
      This is the most efficient way to ensure continuity.
    • Most recent layout – any to load your automatically saved layout when it is shared between different installations.
    • A Named layout to load a specific version of your layout i.e. one that you saved.
    • Home will load the Home page.

If Logos opened to the Home page, you can access one of your Saved layouts from the Layouts menu. Otherwise, you might have to recreate your layout (click the Home button to take you to the layout window).

How do you save your current Layout?

If you want to update an already named Layout, see How can you update a Layout?

  1. Open the Layouts menu.
  2. Click Save as named layout at the top of the menu.
  3. Type a name for the current Layout and hit Enter.

  4. Your named layout should appear under Saved Layouts.

How can you update a Layout?

Make sure that you know the name of your current Layout (if not it would be best to open the named layout before proceeding).

Make changes to the Layout, then:

  1. Open the Layouts menu.
  2. Click on Update Active

Alternatively, use the command Update Active Layout (for which you can create a shortcut).

How do you delete a named Layout?

  1. Open the Layouts menu.
  2. Right click the layout name on the left side of the menu.
  3. Click on Delete
    • this will remove all saved layouts with that name

How can you create a shortcut to open a Layout?

  1. Open the Layouts menu.
  2. Click on the layout name on the left side of the menu.
  3. Drag the layout name to the Shortcut bar i.e. hold the left mouse button down while moving the mouse.
  4. To open the layout using the new shortcut, simply click on the icon in the Shortcut bar.

Opening your resources (books)

Opening resources from your Library

  1. Click on the Library icon at the top of your Logos window (for more information see Library).

  2. In the Find box, type the initials or name of the resource/book that you want to open e.g. NKJV for the New King James Version (or scroll down/up to find it)
  3. From your library, click on the Title of the book. This will then open the book into a panel or a tab in your layout.

Opening resources from the Command Box

The Command box is found at the top of the Logos window. See Open Commands for more info.


  1. In the Command box, type the initials or name of the resource that you want to open
    e.g. NKJV for the New King James Version.
  2. In the drop-down menu that appears click Open the New King James Version.
    It will open the NKJV in a panel of your layout.

Opening similar resources

Logos recognizes resources that are similar to those currently being viewed and provides a way to open them:

  1. Open a resource like a Bible, Dictionary, or Commentary i.e. one that can have a similar resource.
  2. Click on the + sign to the right of the tab in the window (Ctrl+T is a shortcut). This will open a New Tab for selecting a similar resource.

  3. You will see icons of books on the left and a list of books on the right.

    Select from the icons or the list. Logos will open that book in the New Tab.

Opening a 2nd copy or moving to a Floating window

  1. Right click on the Tab of a resource.
  2. To open a 2nd copy of this resource, click Duplicate.
    • Alternatively, hold the Ctrl key down and drag the tab to a new location.
      Mac_Note: use the Cmd key.
  3. To move this resource to a Floating window, click Open in a floating window.

Although obvious, you can also open a resource from links in other resources, and some Guides and Tools
e.g. Information, Cited By, Power Lookup, Explorer, Factbook.

You can click on the link, or use the Context menu:

  1. Right click on the link in Explorer.

  2. When the pop-up Context menu appears click on Link
  3. In this example we already have the Bible Knowledge Commentary open, so clicking Open link would reposition it to where the link was pointing.
  4. If you click Open link in a new tab, it will open a 2nd copy of the BKC in a new tab and position it to the link location.

Moving Tabs

Moving a single tab

  • Drag a single tab and drop it in a new location indicated by the shadow image around the cursor. It can create a new tile or be dropped between tabs in an existing tile.

Moving all tabs in a tile

  • If you hold the shift key down then click on a tab and start dragging the tab, all the tabs in that tile will move and you can drop them in a new location on your layout.

Closing Tabs

  • There are several ways to close a Tab.

Using the X

  1. Click on the resource’s Tab so that it is visible.
  2. Click on the X on the right side of this Tab’s window.

Using the Right Click

  1. Right click on the resource’s Tab.
  2. When the drop down menu appears, click on Close this tab.

Using the keyboard

  1. Click on the resource’s Tab so that it is visible.
  2. From the keyboard, press the key combination Ctrl + W.

Closing all windows in your Layout

  • Click the Close All panels icon in the main Logos toolbar.
  • Alternatively:
    1. Type close all in the GO/Command box
    2. Click Close all under Tools.

Resizing Tool panels

When you open certain tools from the Tools menu e.g. Highlighting, Information, Logos opens them in a fixed size tile in your layout and you cannot grab the edge to re-size it.

The easiest way is to drag a tool to a location from where it will be re-sizeable:

  1. Click on Tools in the top menu.
  2. Click on the tool that you want to place on your layout. Do not release the mouse button.
  3. Drag the tool to where you want it and release the mouse button.
  4. Now you can grab the side of the tile to resize it.
    • If you already have tools in fixed size tile, you should drag them into the new tile.

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