Logos 9 Commands

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You can open and close resources, guides, documents and tools, as well as search and perform other tasks using the Go box.
The command format is very flexible, so you will see a number of suggestions if there is any ambiguity,
but the suggestion you use most frequently will soon be promoted as the first available.
For example, if you enter a bible passage and the first suggestion comes from Resources or Tools,
but you keep selecting a Look up (or Layout) suggestion, then that will soon become the first suggestion for passages.

Note that 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.

Explanation of Nomenclature

  • {description or value} – denotes a paramter that you must provide e.g. {Document name} = any document name
  • [parameter] – denotes an optional parameter(s) e.g. [in {Resource name}], [in new tab]
  • x | y – means you have to choose one of the alternatives e.g. 11|12 = choose 11 or 12


  1. Create {Document type} named {Document name} – e.g. Create Clippings named Creation
    • See Documents menu for Document type
  2. Create {Document type} – create a document with that type e.g. Create Clippings, Create Syntax Search
  3. Open {Document type} named {Document name} – e.g. Open Clippings named Creation
  4. Open {Document type} – will open a document from a list of recent documents of that type e.g. Open Clippings
  5. Open {Document name} – open a document with that name e.g. Open Creation

You can specify [in new tab | in new window] with Open e.g. Open Clippings in new window

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 {Guide Name} to {Reference|Word|Topic} – e.g. Open Passage Guide to Jn 1.3, Open BWS to ἀγάπη, Open Topic Guide to God
  2. Open {Section} to {Reference|Word|Topic} – e.g. Open Topic to God opens the Topic section to “God”, Open Translation to λέγω, Open Commentaries to Jn1:3
    • Section names can be found in the Guides menu

You can specify [in new tab | in new window] with Open e.g. Open Topic Guide to God in new window


  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} – opens the Home Page Passage Study layout e.g. Open Passage Study to Jn3.16.
    • there are also suggestions for the Passage Guide
    • Study {Bible Reference} will suggest the Passage Study layout with pericope ranges if Reference intersects a Pericope e.g. Study Jn 3:16
    • {Bible Reference} alone will suggest the Passage Study layout e.g. Jn 3:16
    • {Bible Reference} and Study {Bible Reference} will also suggest a Look Up in your preferred bible
  4. Open Topic Study to {Topic} – opens the Home Page Topic Study layout e.g. Open Topic Study to love
    • Study {Topic} will suggest the Topic Study layout and the Passage Study layout (if Topic intersects a Pericope) 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)

Look Up/Go

By default, these commands open a preferred resource to a reference or headword e.g. Louw-Nida number, bible reference, lemmas.
But you can specify any resource for the lookup.

  1. Go to {Reference} [in {Resource name}] – e.g. Go to Jn 1:3, Go to G12 (Strong’s Greek #12), Go to G12 in DBL Greek
  2. Look Up {Reference | Headword} [in {Resource name}] – e.g. Look Up Jn 1:3, Look Up ἀγάπη, Look Up ἀγάπη in DBL Greek, Look Up Aaron’s rod

Look Up and Go to can be omitted in many cases e.g. Jn 1:3, G12.

Notes tool

  1. Show Notes – open the 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

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} – play sounds on startup
  7. Set Show Alerts to {Yes|No} – show alerts on startup
  8. Set Show Store Button to {Yes|No} – show the Store button in the main toolbar v. 9.7+
  9. Set Show the Notification Bar to {Yes|No} – show a bar for program and resource updates
  10. Set Show Visual Cues to {Yes|No} – see Visual Cues
  11. Set Show Keyboard Selector to {Yes|No} – change keyboard layout to type in Greek or Hebrew
  12. Set Show Help Cards to {Yes|No|Reset} – show Help info when you open a panel
  13. Set Suggest Latin Lemmas to {Yes| No}
  14. Set Suggest Transliterated Lemmas to {Yes| No}
  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. download 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| Look Up |Search|Search Inline|Select Word}
  2. Set Triple-click Action to {Default| Look Up |Search|Search Inline|Select Paragraph}
  3. Set Prefer Lemmas to {Yes|No} – prefer underlying Lemmas or surface text for certain mouse click Actions in RI resources
  4. Set Justify Resource Text to {Yes|No}
  5. Set Line Spacing to {Default|Tight|Loose| Normal}
  6. Set Show Red Letter in Bibles to {Yes|No}
  7. Set Show Selection Menu to {Yes|No} – open a subset of Context menu items after selection of text
  8. Set Text Selection to {Character| Word |Smart}
  1. Set Enable Hardware Acceleration to {Yes|No} – default is No
    for Windows computers with an 11th Generation Intel chip

(Not in Tools > Program Settings)

  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
    • you can set it to manual if you do not want to receive any software updates.
  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. Open {Author} – e.g. Open David Jeremiah will provide a list of resources by that author.
  2. Open {Resource Name} – e.g. Open Biblical People, Open Help
  3. Open {Resource Name | Series} to {Reference | Headword} – similar to the Look Up command.
  4. 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.
  5. Start Reading Aloud - starts reading the active resource.
  6. Stop Reading Aloud - stops reading.
  7. 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
  8. Delete Unlicensed Resources - deletes locked/invalid resource files to free up disk space e.g. after cancelling your subscription.
  9. FSD in {Collection} – Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery e.g. FSD
    • Opens a random resource to a random location.
    • Collection will restrict the choice of resources

You can specify [in new tab | in new window] with Open e.g. open NASB95 in new window


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. Search for {Search Term} – a Basic Search e.g. Search for God
  2. Bible Search for {Search Term}
  3. Clause Search for {Search Term}
  4. Media Search for {Search Term}
  5. Morph Search for {Search Term}

for can be omitted in many cases.
Use Document commands for Morph Query & Syntax Search


  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!


  1. Show {Tool name} – opens tools on the Tools menu e.g. Show Concordance, Show Bible Browser
  2. Show Factbook to {Item Name} – e.g. Show Factbook to Jesus
  3. For Passage Analysis:
    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 Home
  5. Show Library

You can specify [in new tab | in new window] with Show e.g. Show Passage Analysis in new window
Open can be used in place of Show

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
    • use 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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