Logos 8 Commands

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NOTE: Use Alt+D (PC) or Option+Command+L (Mac) for quick access to the Command Bar in which these commands can be used.

Copy Verses

  1. Copy {Bible Reference}
  2. Copy {Bible Reference} from {Bible Version}

See Copy Bible Verses Wiki Page


  1. Create Bibliography
  2. Create Canvas
  3. Create Clippings
  4. Create Handout
  5. Create Morph Query
  6. Create Passage List
  7. Create Prayer List
  8. Create Reading Plan
  9. Create Sentence Diagram
  10. Create Sermon
  11. Create Syntax Search
  12. Create Visual Filter
  13. Create Word Find Puzzle
  14. Create Word List
  15. Create {Document type} named {Document name} – can specify document Name as well as Type
  16. Open {Document name}
  17. Open {Document type}
  18. Open {Document type} named {Document name}

Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery

Opens a random resource to a random location. Optionally can specify a collection.

  1. FSD
  2. FSD in {Collection}

Font/Scaling Settings

  1. Set (Content Scaling | Text Size) to {80%|90%|100%|110%|120%|140%|160%|200%|240%} – affects text size in all panels
    e.g. Set Text Size to 120
  2. Set Default Notes Font to {Font Name} – e.g. Set Default Notes Font to Garamond
  3. Set Default Resource Font to {Font Name}
  4. Set Greek Font to {Font Name}
  5. Set Greek Transliteration Format to {Transliteration Name}
  6. Set Hebrew Font to {Font Name}
  7. Set Hebrew Transliteration Format to {Transliteration Name}
  8. Set Syriac Font to {Font Name}
  9. Set Syriac Transliteration Format to {Transliteration Name}
  10. Set Program Scaling to {80%|90%|100%|110%|120%|140%|160%|200%} – affects everything in the Logos window.


  1. Open Theology Guide to {Topic} v8.4+
  2. Open {Guide Name} to {Reference | Word | Topic} - e.g. Open Passage Guide to Jn 1.3, Open BWS to ἀγάπη, Open Topic Guide to God
    Note Open Topic to God will open a one-section version of Topic Guide.

Commands for Workflows are coming!

Index Commands

  1. Rebuild Index – deletes and rebuilds all your resource indexes.
  2. Rebuild Library Index - deletes and rebuilds only the library index.
  3. Rebuild Bible Index - deletes and rebuilds only the Bible index.
  4. Rebuild Personal Book Index - deletes and rebuilds only the Personal Book index.
  5. Reindex {Abbreviated Title | Resource Id} - re-indexes a single resource e.g. reindex ESV; reindex LLS:1.0.710

Layout Commands

  1. Close All - closes all panels and returns you to a blank desktop
    the Close All Panels button near the Layouts menu does the same as Close All.
    the Close Active Layout item in the Layouts menu removes the layout name from the Title bar but doesn’t close any panels.
  2. Open {Layout Name}
  3. Open Passage Study to {Bible Reference} – e.g. Open Passage Study to Jn3.16.
    • {Bible Reference} – also suggests the Passage Study layout.
  4. Open Topic Study to {Topic} – e.g. Open Topic Study to love
    • Open Topic to {Topic} – also suggests the Topic Study layout
  5. Update Active Layout - creates a copy of your named current layout (Ctrl+Alt+L on Windows; Ctrl+Opt+Cmd+L on OS X)


Opens a preferred resource to a reference or headword e.g. Louw-Nida number, bible reference, English headword (topic).
Lookup can also be used for Greek/Hebrew headwords (lemmas).

  1. Go to {Reference} – e.g. Go to Jn 1:3, Go to G12 (for Strong’s Greek #12)
  2. Lookup {Reference | Headword} – e.g. Lookup Jn 1:3, Lookup G12, Lookup ἀγάπη, Lookup Aaron’s rod

Note that Lookup and Go to can be omitted in many cases e.g. Jn 1:3, G12.

Notes Tool

  1. Show Notes – open Notes tool
  2. Set Default Notes Font to {Font Name} – e.g. Set Default Notes Font to Garamond
  3. Set Prefer Notes Tool to {Yes | No} – Notes are saved to the Notes tool by default.
    See Logos 7 Commands for Notes if set to “No”.
    Requires a restart.

Program Settings

  1. Set Accessibility to {Yes| No} – enables or disables UI Automation, used by screen readers to read user interface controls
  2. Set Automatically Download New Resources to {Yes|No} – “Yes” = treat as Local, “No” = treat as Cloud v8.4+
  3. Set Automatically Download Updates to {Yes|No} – applies to Local resources and software
  4. Set Check Spelling While Typing to {Yes| No}
  5. Set Citation Style to {Citation Style}
  6. Set Copy Citations to {Yes|No}
  7. Set Copy Footnotes to {Yes| No}
  8. Set Language to {English | Spanish | Dutch | ...} – changes the user interface language, but see UILang below
  9. Set Play Sounds to {Yes|No}
  10. Set Preferred Bible to {Title | Abbreviation} – e.g. ESV, NRSV, NASB95 v8.4+
  11. Set Send Feedback to {All|Anonymous|None}
  12. Set Show Alerts to {Yes|No}
  13. Set Show Unavailable Features to {Yes|No} – features in Documents and Tools for which you don’t have a licence
  14. Set Update Channel to {default|stable|beta} – see Explanation
  15. Set Use Gestures to {Yes| No}
  16. Set Use Internet to {Yes|No}
  17. Set Use Ngen to {Yes| No} – for performance optimization in Windows. ‘No’ will undo optimization.
    Requires a restart.
  18. Set Use Red Letter to {Yes|No}
  19. Set Verbum to {Yes| No} – for temporary Verbum configuration in Logos.
    Requires a restart.
    Note that Faithlife recommends the Verbum application.

Read Aloud

  1. Start Reading Aloud - starts reading the active panel.
  2. Stop Reading Aloud - stops reading.


  1. Delete Unlicensed Resources - deletes locked/invalid resource files to free up disk space e.g. after cancelling your subscription.
    See Delete Unlicensed Resources for details.
  2. Open {Author} – e.g. Open David Jeremiah will provide a list of resources by that author.
  3. Open {Resource Name} e.g. Open Biblical People, Open Help
  4. Open {Resource Name | Series} to {Reference | Headword} – similar to the Lookup command.
  5. Open {Resource ID | Filename} to {Reference | Headword} – opens a resource using its Resource ID or filename (without extension)
    e.g. open LLS:1.0.71 or open NASB95 will open the NASB95 bible.

Note that Open can be omitted in many cases.


This command will search all directories/folders under the given path and prepare licensed resources for use in Logos.

  1. Scan {Resource Path} – finds resources in the path or on a disk.
  2. Scan DVD – finds resources on a media disk in the drive (PC)
  3. Scan Optical Media – finds resources on a media disk in the drive (Mac)

Although a restart isn’t necessary, you may be requested to restart Logos for resources that are being used (or open).

  1. Set Use New Search Engine to {Yes|No} – ‘Yes’ is the default
    See New Search Engine for details.
  2. {Search Term}
  3. Search [for] {Search Term}
  4. Bible Search [for] {Search Term}
  5. Clause Search [for] {Search Term}
  6. Media Search [for] {Search Term}
  7. Morph Search [for] {Search Term}
  8. Syntax Search

Sync Commands

  1. Sync Now – forces an immediate sync and can be used to sync manually if automatic sync is disabled.
    This command synchronizes user items such as notes, layouts, etc.
  2. Sync Repair – forces Logos to re-check that it has sync’d everything when you know something is missing!


Note: Some items on the App Tools menu are under Documents.

  1. Show Highlighting
  2. Show Media
  3. Show Self Test
  1. Show Copy Bible Verses
  2. Show Explorer
  3. Passage Analysis Tool
    1. Show Passage Analysis
    2. Show Compare Pericopes for {Bible Reference}
    3. Show Word Tree for {Bible Reference}
    4. Show Morph River for {Bible Reference}
    5. Show Cluster Graph for {Bible Reference}
    6. Show Version River for {Bible Reference}
  4. Show Text Comparison
  1. Show Atlas
  2. Show Bible Browser
  3. Show Bible Sense Lexicon
  4. Show Concordance
  5. Show Courses
  6. Open Factbook to {Item Name} – e.g. Open Factbook to Jesus
  7. Show Reading Lists
  8. Show Timeline
  9. Show Wikipedia
  1. Show Cited By
  2. Show Information
  3. Show Power Lookup
  4. Show Pronunciation
  1. Show Collections
  2. Show Favorites
  3. Show History
  1. Show Ask the Author
  2. Show Community Notes
  3. Show Groups
  1. Show Faithlife Assistant
  2. Show Personal Books
  3. Show Program Settings
Other App Items
  1. Show Home
  2. Show Library

Update Software/Resources

  1. Update Now – checks what software/resources have been updated on the server since your last update. Also used to restart Cancelled updates.
  2. Update Resources – performs an intensive check against your licenses, the resources on your computer and resources on the server to ensure that you have everything.

User Interface Language

  1. UILang {lang} – changes the User Interface language

You can substitute the following language abbreviations:
af = Afrikaans, pt = Portuguese, nl = Dutch, en = English,
fr = French, de = German, it = Italian, es = Spanish, sv = Swedish

This works in any language, so you don’t have to worry about the current language setting. Requires a restart.

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