The Notes tool allows you to record your thoughts as you study, organize those thoughts into custom notebooks, and then recall what you’ve learned with faceted searching. With this fully cross-platform database you can access your notes on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, or the web. View your notes as a searchable list, use faceted browsing to filter the list so only the notes you want to see are displayed, or limit results to those addressing a particular book of the Bible.
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Open the Notes tool
You can open the Notes tool from the Tools menu, or by creating a new note via the Context or Selection menus, or via the link below:
From the Tools menu
- Click Tools > Content > Notes or click Tools and begin typing notes in the Tools search box.
From the Context menu
Select a word or range of text in any resource.
Right-click your selection, select from the options on the left side (such as Selection, Reference, etc.), then click Take a note on the right side. The Notes tool will open in a new panel.
From the Selection menu
Select a word or range of text in any resource to display the Selection Menu.
Click the Take a note button to open the Notes Tool and create a new note anchored to the selected text.
Create notes and highlights
In addition to the two methods of creating new notes explained above, you can also create both notes and highlights using the notes tool. Highlights call out a section of text, whereas notes contain content that you’ve written.
With text selected in a resource in one panel and the notes tool open in another panel, click the dropdown arrow beside New Note and select new note on selected text. (Clicking New Note will create a note that is not anchored to your selection.)
A new pane in the Notes tool will appear where you can type the content of your note. The formatting toolbar allows you to format your note in a variety of ways.
Note: Logos automatically takes the first line of the note as the note title.
Note: When a notebook is selected in the Notes tool, new notes will automatically be assigned to it. If a notebook is not selected, any new notes you create will not be assigned to a notebook.
Use the following shortcuts with your text selected, to quickly add or remove annotations:
- N – Creates a new note and opens the Notes Tool.
- H – Applies the last used highlighting style (i.e. it behaves like CTRL/CMD+K).
- R – Removes annotations.
Organize notes and highlights
Logos automatically assigns metadata to a note. This includes:
- Biblical book (if the note is anchored to a biblical passage)
- Resource (that the note is anchored to, e.g. the ESV)
- Data type
- Date created
- Date modified
Use the filter view of the navigation panel to search for notes by their metadata.
Notebooks (referred to in earlier versions as Notes documents) are collections of notes that you create.
To create a note within a notebook:
Selecting the notebook in the Notes tool
Create the note using the New note button in the Notes tool or by using the Add a note function of the Context menu.
Note: You can also create a new note within a specific notebook through the Context Menu. Right-click your selection to open the Context Menu, expand the Take a note section, and select the Notebook you want to add your new note to.
To assign or move an existing note to a specific notebook:
Open the note
Click the Notebook icon, or click and drag the note to the desired notebook.
Note: A note assigned to a notebook will display the title of the notebook in the note editor panel.
You can also assign tags to a note. Search for these tags using the filter view in the navigation menu, or use the search box in the toolbar of the Notes tool.
Anchor notes and highlights
Anchoring a note or highlight connects it to one or more locations in a resource. But you have two different options for how to anchor your note: to the selection or to the reference.
For example, anchoring your note to the selected text of John 15:8 only attaches the note to the open Bible translation, whereas anchoring your note to the reference, John 15:8, makes that note accessible in every translation in your Library (if you have the Notes and highlights visual filter enabled).
Access a note's panel menu to show full anchor text or add an anchor.
You can also click + Add Anchor within the note itself to attach the note to a particular Reference or selected text.
Navigating the Notes tool
The Notes tool is made up of a toolbar, a collapsible navigation menu, a search results panel, and a note editor panel.
The panel toolbar features a search box to quickly search for particular notes and a New note button. When you’re interacting with a resource in another open panel, the arrow next to New note may display options to create a New note, New note on selected text, or Highlight selected text. To browse saved notes, click the navigation menu button to open the navigation menu.
The navigation menu shows two tabs: Filtersand Notebooks . Use the Filters tab to view all notes grouped by: Type, Resource, Bible Book, Data Type, Notebook, Anchor, Modified, Created.
Use the Notebooks tab to create new notebooks or access existing notebooks along with their associated notes. Click the panel menu iconfor each notebook to Rename, Delete, or Share it.
You can click Trash at the bottom of the menu to display notes and notebooks that have been deleted. Clicking any deleted item displays options to Permanently delete or Undelete the selected item at the bottom of the panel.
Search results panel
The search results panel lists all of the notes and highlights that match the search or filter criteria specified in the navigation menu.
Each note features its own toolbar offering options for adjusting the note icon and color, assigning a highlight style, and applying a specific Palette.
Below the note's toolbar, a full set of rich text controls are available to customize the text of that note. You can enter and edit notes in the text entry field. Although there are no icons for cut/copy/paste, you can do so using standard keyboard shortcuts, or by right-clicking in the note's text field.
You can assign tags to the note by clicking into the Add tags... field at the bottom of the panel.
You can search for tagged notes using the search box in the Notes panel.
Search for notes and highlights
The Notes tool has two search boxes. The first, located in the toolbar, searches the content of all of your individual notes and highlights for your search term.
The second search box, located in the navigation menu, allows you to quickly search for a filter to apply, or for a notebook (depending on whether the filters or notebook view is active in the menu.
Sort your notes
You can sort your notes based on a range of different criteria. To do so, click the Sort dropdown and select the desired sorting method.
Note: Available sorting options depend on what filters you have active. For example, in order to sort your notes by reference, you must have a biblical book filter selected. Hovering over a greyed out sorting option will show a tooltip displaying the required filter.
Notebooks (referred to in earlier versions of Logos as Notes documents) are groups of notes that have been gathered together based on highlighting style, palette, topic, or other feature. It’s possible to have notes that are not connected to a notebook, just as it’s possible for notebooks to be empty.
You can create a new notebook by selecting the notebook view in the navigation menu, then clicking the plus icon.
You can create a note inside of a notebook by selecting the notebook in the Notes tool, then creating a note via the New note button, or from the context menu. To assign an existing note to a notebook, click and drag it to the desired notebook.
All of your notes and highlights can be displayed within your resources by toggling the visual filters display on. Notice that this menu also includes the option to display or hide community notes from your Faithlife Groups.
Click the Visual Filters icon .
Scroll down to the Notes and Highlights section.
Select the box to display all of your available Notes, or expand the menu and select from the available options.
Corresponding Notes and Highlights
When reading a Bible or other resource with multiple versions, you will also see the option to turn on Notes and Highlights (Corresponding). When toggled on, this option displays Notes and Highlights regardless of which version you added them to. As you can see in the example below, Bible verses are highlighted in the same style in both the ESV and NRSV, and it doesn't matter which version the highlights were originally applied in.
Filter your resource by notes or highlights
Note: This feature is available in Logos Starter and above.
You can set any resource to display only those places where you've taken a note or made a highlight. (This feature works similarly to the passage list visual filter.)
Open the resource you want to view.
Toggle the navigation sidebar by clicking the navigation icon .
Click the Notes icon .
Select the filter type (Highlights or Notes), Reference, Notebook, or Anchor you want to display. This will limit the content in the resource's main display to only the words, phrases, or passages on which you've added notes or highlights.
Delete a note or highlight
To delete a note or highlight:
Select the note or highlight.
Click the panel menu icon and select Delete this note.
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