Logos 8 Commands

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Commands that can be issued from the Command Box are listed here.
The format is very flexible, and you will see a number of suggestions if there is any ambiguity.
For example, Jn 3:16 will suggest four (4) different commands, including Search for Jn 3:16.
Most Set... commands can be implemented in Tools > Program Settings.

Use Alt+D (PC) or Option+Command+L (Mac) for quick access to the Command Box.


  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} – e.g. Create Clippings named Creation
  16. Open {Document name} – e.g. Open Creation
  17. Open {Document type} – open from a list of most recent documents e.g. Open Clippings
  18. Open {Document type} named {Document name}

Font/Scaling Settings

  1. Set Content Scaling to {80%|90%|100%|110%|120%} – affects text size in all panels
    • e.g. Set Content Scaling to 120
    • Set Text Size to ... will also work
    • can select {80% – 360%} in Program Settings
  2. Set Program Scaling to {50% – 250% (every 5 points)} – affects all display elements like icon size, text size, spacing.
    • e.g. Set Program Scaling to 85
    • can select {80% – 200%} in Program Settings
  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}


  1. Open Theology Guide to {Topic}
  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
  3. Open {Section} to {Reference | Word | Topic} – e.g. Open Topic to God will open the Topic section to “God”, Open Translation to λέγω,
    Open Commentaries to Jn1:3
    • Section names can be found in the Guides menu

Commands for Workflows are coming!


  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


  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} – applies to all named layouts e.g. Open Creation Study
  3. Open Passage Study to {Bible Reference} – e.g. Open Passage Study to Jn3.16.
    • it will also suggest Passage Guide(s)
    • {Bible Reference} alone will also suggest the Passage Study layout.
    • Study {Bible Reference} will suggest the Passage Study layout with pericope ranges if Reference intersects a Pericope e.g. Study Jn 3:16
    • Study {Topic} will suggest the Passage Study layout if Topic intersects a Pericope e.g. Study Salvation
  4. Open Topic Study to {Topic} – e.g. Open Topic Study to love
    • Study {Topic} also suggests the Topic Study layout e.g. Study love
  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 Default Notes Text Size to {8...12} – e.g. Set Default Notes Text Size to 10
  4. 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 Check Spelling While Typing to {Yes| No}
  2. Set Citation Style to {Citation Style}
  3. Set Copy Citations to {Yes|No}
  4. Set Copy Footnotes to {Yes| No}
  5. Set Language to {English | Spanish | Dutch | ...} – changes the user interface language, but see UILang below
  6. Set Play Sounds to {Yes|No}
  7. Set Show Alerts to {Yes|No}
  8. Set Show Help Cards to {Yes|No|Reset} – show Help info when you open a panel v8.10+
  9. Set Show Keyboard Selector to {Yes|No} – change keyboard layout to type in Greek or Hebrew v8.8+
  1. Set Automatically Start Downloads to {Yes|No} – applies to Local resources (new/updated) and software
  2. Set Download New Resources to {Yes|No} – “Yes” = treat as Local, “No” = treat as Cloud i.e. they can be downloaded from Library
  3. Set Send Feedback to {All|Anonymous|None}
  4. Set Use Internet to {Yes|No}
Text Display
  1. Set Double-click Action to {Default| Lookup |Search|Search Inline|Select Word}
  2. Set Justify Resource Text to {Yes|No}
  3. Set Line Spacing to {Default|Tight|Loose| Normal}
  4. Set Prefer Lemmas to {Yes|No}
  5. Set Show Red Letter in Bibles to {Yes|No}
  6. Set Show Selection Menu to {Yes|No}
  7. Set Text Selection to {Character| Word |Smart}
  8. Set Triple-click Action to {Default| Lookup |Search|Search Inline|Select Paragraph}
  1. Set Accessibility to {Yes| No} – enables or disables UI Automation, used by screen readers to read user interface controls
  2. Set Preferred Bible to {Title | Abbreviation} – e.g. ESV, NRSV, NASB95
  3. Set Show Unavailable Features to {Yes|No} – features in Documents and Tools for which you don’t have a licence
  4. Set Update Channel to {default|stable|beta} – see Explanation
  5. Set Use Gestures to {Yes| No}
  6. Set Use Ngen to {Yes| No} – for performance optimization in Windows. ‘No’ will undo optimization.
    Requires a restart.
  7. Set Verbum to {Yes| No} – for partial Verbum configuration in Logos. Note that Faithlife recommends the Verbum app.
    Requires a restart.


  1. Copy {Bible Reference} from {Bible Version} – will copy the passage from your preferred bible if a Version is not specified e.g Copy Jn 3:12
  2. Delete Unlicensed Resources - deletes locked/invalid resource files to free up disk space e.g. after cancelling your subscription.
  3. FSD in {Collection} – Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery e.g. FSD
    • Opens a random resource to a random location.
    • Collection will restrict the choice of resources
  4. Open {Author} – e.g. Open David Jeremiah will provide a list of resources by that author.
  5. Open {Resource Name} – e.g. Open Biblical People, Open Help
  6. Open {Resource Name | Series} to {Reference | Headword} – similar to the Lookup command.
  7. 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.
  8. Start Reading Aloud - starts reading the active panel.
  9. Stop Reading Aloud - stops reading.


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 for {Search Term} – a Basic Search e.g. Search for God
  3. Bible Search for {Search Term}
  4. Clause Search for {Search Term}
  5. Media Search for {Search Term}
  6. Morph Search for {Search Term}
  7. Syntax Search – use Create Syntax Search to start a new Search.

Note that {Search Term} will also suggest a Search.
for can be omitted in many cases.


  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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