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NOTE: some users might be more familiar with the term “workspace” but “layout” is used in Logos.

Layout Management (how to create or customize your Layout)

Please watch Mark Barnes video Layouts and videos for Tabs and Layouts Management:

  • they will show you how to create or customize different panels on the screen.
  • they will also give you special tips on moving multiple tabs at once and more.

But if you would rather start with a pre-defined layout for your study (Logos 7+) then use the QuickStart Layouts.

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 the Layout window appears.

In current versions of Logos this is done from Tools > Program Settings:


  • Most recent layout – local to load your automatically saved layout.
  • 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.

In Logos 4 it is done from the Home Page:

  1. Look at the bottom left of the window and find the Customize button.
    Click on it and a pop-up menu below appears.

  2. Find the Show home page at startup and click to uncheck it.

If on the Home page you can now click the Home button on the top left of your window to take you to the Layout window. After you exit, the Layout view is saved and it will appear when you open Logos the next time.
Note that the Home button is a toggle between Home Page and your layout.

If your Layout window is empty, you may want to set it up the way that you want it.

  1. Opening a resource
  2. Moving Tabs
  3. Closing a Tab
  4. How can I get two books to track together?
  5. Saving your layout

I don’t see the default layout

You are probably referring to the layout generated when you entered a scripture reference on the Home Page and were taken to a default layout. See this wiki page Opening the Standard Layout for directions.

How do you save your current Layout?

Please watch the short video Layouts
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.
  2. Next to the first layout image on the right, click Save as named layout

    In Logos 4 click the text next to the pencil icon

  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 do you delete a named Layout?

  1. Click Layouts in the toolbar.
  2. Right click on the Layout name that you want to delete.

  3. Click on Delete.

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 Layouts in the toolbar.
  • Click on Update Active:

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

In Logos 4 follow these steps:

  1. Click Layouts in the toolbar.
  2. Right click on the named Layout (on the left side of the drop down menu) which you want to update.
  3. Click on Update to current snapshot in the pop-up menu.
  4. This is the new layout icon which represents what was updated to your named Layout.

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

  • If you are on the Home Page, click the House icon in the upper left area of the Logos window.
  • The 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.

Is there a keyboard shortcut to Open Layouts?

  • You can Open/Close Layouts from your keyboard with Alt + A.

Moving Tabs

  • Since showing how to move Tabs requires dynamically moving Tabs, it is not efficient to show this with static images.
    Please watch Logos video Library Management.
  • Note: To move a whole tile with multiple tabs at once, hold down the SHIFT key before clicking on a tab and continue to hold it down while dragging.

Closing a Tab

  • 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

  1. In the Command box, type close all.
  2. When you see the drop down menu, you can click on Close all under Tools.
  3. For convenience you can create a shortcut by dragging the Close all to the Shortcut bar and dropping it there. Now if you click on this shortcut, it will close all panels in your layout.

How can I move all the tabs in a tile to a new location?

  • 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.

Quick way to duplicate 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.

Quick way to duplicate a panel with its tab

  • Hold the Ctrl and shift keys down and click on one of the tabs in the panel that you want to duplicate and drag it to a new location. Logos will duplicate that panel when you drop it in the new location.
  • Also see this post for more info

How can I get two books to track together?

Resizing Tool panels

  • When you open tools from the Tool menu (e.g. Highlighting, Information, etc), Logos opens them to a fixed size panel on your layout. Notice that you cannot grab the edge to make them narrower.
  • The easiest way (from Mitch on the forum) is from the Tool menu, is to grab and drag it to a position. It will be sizeable after you drop it on your layout.

    1. Click on Tools in the top menu.
    2. Click on the tool that you want to place on the layout. Do not release the mouse button.

    3. Drag the tool to where you want it placed on your layout and drop it (release the mouse button).

    4. Now you can grab the side of the panel to resize it.

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