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Layout Management

Please watch Mark Barnes video Layouts and videos for Tabs and Layouts Management. They will show you how to create or customize different panels for your layout. The basic method is:

  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

But if you would rather start with a pre-defined layout for your study then use a QuickStart layout or a Home Page layout. They are usually associated with use of the Home Page, or the GO Box, but you can use/customize them for your purposes.

  1. Open the Layouts menu:

    • Click on Quickstart Layouts or Home Page Layouts.
  2. Click on the desired layout.
    • If a layout indicates Custom, it has been changed for use from the Home Page or the GO Box.
  3. Make any changes you want.
  4. Name your layout
  5. Choose what happens when you restart Logos

If you (also) want to change any of these layouts for use from the Home Page or the GO Box:

  • 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 appropriate layout will open from the Home Page when you click a Bible Reading Plan, Lectionary, etc., or make an entry in the GO box e.g a bible reference or a topic.

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

If Logos opens to your 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.
In current versions of Logos 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.
    • Note that 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. In the toolbar on the far right click Layouts or its icon.
  2. Next to the first layout image on the right, click Save as named layout

  3. When the textbox opens type a name for the current Layout.
  4. Your named layout should appear on the left side under Saved Layouts (or Named 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:

  • Click the Layouts menu in the toolbar.
  • 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. Click the Layouts menu in the toolbar.
  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. Click 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)

There are several ways to open your resources:

Opening resources from your Library

  • If you are on the Home Page, click the House icon in the upper left area of Logos to switch to the Layout view.
  • Follow these steps
    1. Click on the Library icon at the top of your Logos window (for more info on your 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. When it shows up in your library (below), 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 GO or Command box is found at the top center of the Logos window (see image below). See Commands for more info
  • Follow these steps
    1. In the Command box, type the initials or name of the resource/book 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 the type of resource that is currently being viewed in a window.
  • To open a similar resource follow these steps
    1. First open a resource e.g. one that can have a similar resource, like a Bible, Dictionary, or Commentary.
    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 either the icon or the name of a book. Logos will Open that book in this New Tab.

Opening a 2nd copy or moving to a Floating window

  • Follow the steps below
    1. Right click on the Tab of a resource.
    2. To open a 2nd copy of this resource in a new Tab, click here.
    3. To move this resource to a Floating window, click here.

  • This is probably very obvious. But you may not have known that you can also open a resource from various links.
  • This example only shows using a link from Explorer. But there are similarities found for links in other tools or links within resources.
  • Example below
    1. Right click on the link.
    2. When the pop-up Context menu appears click on Link on the right side (this changes options on the left side of the menu).
    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 here, it will open a 2nd copy of the BKC in a new tab and position it to the link location. The advantage here is that the original BKC‘s position is not disturbed and we can view the linked position in the new tab.

Duplicating an open resource

  • Hold the Ctrl key down and click and drag the resource that you want to duplicate.
    Mac_Note: use the Cmd key.

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.
    • Notice in the image below that 3 resources are moving as they are being dragged. These were all the resource in that tile.

Closing Tabs

  • There are several ways to close a Tab (when you have more than one resource open in a window they appear as Tabs at the top of that window).

Using the X

  1. Select the resource’s Tab so that it is visible. (e.g. click on the resource’s tab)
  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. Select 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
  • If that icon is not available:
    1. Type close all in the 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 on 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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