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Visual Filters provide a quick way to find and highlight specific features in a resource (or multiple resources). This article demonstrates how to create your own Visual Filters. To learn about using existing Visual Filters, click here.

 

  • Visual Filter Types

  • There are three types of Visual Filters corresponding to three of the Logos search types. Visual Filters are constructed in the same manner as a search query using the Search tool.

    • Basic Visual Filters can be applied to any resource. (For more information about a Basic search, click here.)
    • Bible Visual Filters can only be applied to BIble resources. (For more information about a Bible search, click here.)
    • Morph Visual Filters can only be applied to morphologically-tagged resources like Greek and Hebrew resources and some Bible translations. (For more information about a Morph search, click here.)

     

  • Create a Basic Visual Filter

    1. Open a new filter

    Click Docs and then click New to expand the dropdown menu. Select Visual Filter. (Visual filters you’ve already created will appear in the main pane of the Docs menu.) A new Visual Filter panel opens.

     

     

    1. Select the filter type

    Click the Basic tab on the toolbar.

     

    1. Name your Visual Filter

    Click within the title field and provide a descriptive title, such as  Salvation.

     

     

    1. Select the search limits

    Logos displays the default search limits below the title. Choose what text forms you want to filter by clicking the All Text dropdown menu. Specify the resource(s) you want to search by clicking the All Resources dropdown and entering a resource title or making a selection from the list.

     

    1. Enter your filter terms

    Enter the query for your Visual Filter in the Search box. You may choose a single word or multiple words for a single query. Include multiple forms of the word by inserting an * as a wildcard (e.g. to find justify and justification, enter justif*.)

    To enter multiple search terms, select your desired formatting for a term (see next step), then enter your next search term.

    For example: In this filter for Salvation, Jesus Christ is entered into the search field. Logos will filter the occurrences of Jesus, Christ, and Jesus Christ and apply the selected marking. To search for a specific phrase, place the phrase in quotations marks. In this filter “by grace” has been entered with quotation marks. Logos will only filter this phrase and not apply the filter to instances of by or grace.

     

     

    Note: To remove a filter term, hover next to the Formatting dropdown menu and click the X.

    1. Select formatting

    Click the Formatting dropdown menu and make a selection. Occurrences of your search term are marked in your chosen format.

    Note: A single formatting element can be applied to multiple search terms.

     

    1. Apply your Visual Filter

    Open the resource you want to apply the Visual Filter to. Click the Visual Filter icon Visual_Filters.svg and select the Visual Filter you created. All of the results from your Visual Filter are highlighted in your open resource.

    Note: You can refine your filter by opening it from the Docs menu and making changes. To save your changes as a new filter, simply click the title and enter a new title.

     

     

  • Create a Bible Visual Filter

    1. Open a new filter

    Click Docs and then click New to expand the dropdown menu. Select Visual Filter. (Visual filters you’ve already created will appear in the main pane of the Docs menu.) A new Visual Filter panel opens.

     

     

    1. Select the filter type

    Click the Bible tab on the toolbar.

     

    1. Name your Visual Filter

    Click within the title field and provide a descriptive title, like Covenant.

     

     

    1. Select the search limits

    Logos displays the default search limits below the title. Choose what text forms you want to filter by clicking the All Bible Text dropdown. Specify the range you want to search by clicking the All Passages dropdown and entering a resource title, or by making a selection from the list. Select the Bible(s) you want to apply the filter to by clicking All Bibles.

     

    1. Enter your filter terms

    Enter the query for your Visual Filter in the Search box. You may choose a single word or multiple words for a single query. Search for a root word and its endings by entering a distinctive root followed by an asterisk *.

    To enter multiple search terms, select your desired formatting for a term (see next step). Then enter your next search term.

    For example: In this filter for Covenant, the search term bless* will find bless, blessing, blessings, and blessed.

     

     

    Note: To remove a filter term, hover next to the Formatting dropdown menu and click the X.

     

    1. Select formatting

    Click the Formatting dropdown menu and make a selection. Occurrences of your search term are marked in your chosen format.

    Note: A single formatting element can be applied to multiple query terms.

     

    1. Apply your Visual Filter

    Open the resource you want to apply the Visual Filter to. Click the Visual Filter icon Visual_Filters.svg and select the filter you created. All the results from your Visual Filter are highlighted in your open Bible.

     

     

    Note: You can refine your filter by opening it from the Docs menu and making changes. To save your changes as a new filter, simply click the title and enter a new title.

     

  • Create a Morphological Visual Filter

    1. Open a new filter

    Click Docs and then click New to expand the dropdown menu. Select Visual Filter. (Visual filters you’ve already created will appear in the main pane of the Docs menu.) A new Visual Filter panel opens.

     

     

    1. Select the filter type

    Click the Morph tab on the toolbar.

     

    1. Name your Visual Filter

    Click within the title field and providing a descriptive title, such as Love.

     

     

    1. Select the search limits

    Logos displays the default search limits below the title. Choose what text forms you want to filter by clicking the All Morph Text dropdown. Specify the range you want to search by clicking All Passages, and select the original language text by clicking All Resources and entering a resource title or making a selection from the list. You can also choose which morphology you want to use depending on the original language you are searching.

     

    1. Enter your filter terms

    Enter the query for your Visual Filter in the Search box followed by @ (e.g. agape@). This opens the morphology dialog box. Click the morphological tags you want included in your search. Skipping a category inserts a wild card into your search and filters all results from that particular column. To search for all morphological forms without specifying a particular word, simply enter @ in the search bar followed by your desired morphological tags.

    Note: Logos automatically filters by the lemma of the word that you enter. To filter a particular form of a word, place the search term in quotation marks (e.g. “agape” locates only this form of the word).

     

     

    To enter multiple search terms, select your desired formatting for a term (see next step). Then enter your next search term.

    For example: In this filter titled Love, the noun agape is filtered in all its forms. All tenses of the verb agapaō in the indicative mood are filtered. The present active imperative form of  agapaō is also filtered in both the second person plural and second person singular.

     

     

    Note: To remove a filter term, hover next to the Formatting dropdown menu and click the X.

     

    1. Select formatting

    Click the Formatting dropdown menu and make a selection. Occurrences of your search term are marked in your chosen format.

    Note: A single formatting element can be applied to multiple query terms.

     

    1. Apply your Visual Filter

    Open the resource you want to apply the Visual Filter to. Click the Visual Filter icon Visual_Filters.svg and select the filter you created. All the results from your Visual Filter are highlighted with your selected formatting in the open resource.

     

     

    Note: You can refine your filter by opening it from the Docs menu and making changes. To save your changes as a new filter, simply click the title and enter a new title.

 

Additional Resources

Open Create Visual Filters in Logos

Logos Help: Visual Filter Document

Logos Help: Visual Filters

Logos Wiki: Visual Filter

Logos Wiki: Extended Tips for Highlighting and Visual Filters

Faithlife.com Visual Filters Group

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