This article explains how prioritizing works and demonstrates how to set preferences for particular resources.
Note: Prioritizing resources is available on the desktop and web versions of the app.
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How Prioritizing Resources Works
Prioritizing resources allows you to access your preferred resources first in different areas of Logos (e.g. Top Bibles, Guides, pop-up menus within resources, etc).
- You prefer a particular commentary series and want to see those resources first when you use a Passage Guide.
- You prefer a particular dictionary or lexicon and want Logos to open that resource when you double-click a word.
- You want to set a preferred Bible version. (To set your preferred Bible, check out the entire article here.)
- You want to edit the Bibles that appear in the Top Bibles search. (To read more about Top Bibles in Logos, click here.)
Choosing what to prioritize
Logos searches these resources by references, not by page numbers. Therefore, you’ll get the most benefit by prioritizing resources that are organized by headings other than page numbers (Bible reference, word/topic entry, devotional date, etc.).
You can see examples of this is by looking at the reference bar in the resource panel. The first two panels show searchable index resources, while the third panel shows a resource that is only indexed by page number.
- An easy way to think about this is to ask yourself, “How would I look up information in this resource?” (You typically look up information in dictionaries by word or in commentaries by Bible reference, not by page number.)
- Prioritizing resources works best with reference works like Bibles, dictionaries, and commentaries. It is not intended to work with resources like systematic theologies.
Prioritizing and search results
Prioritizing resources does not affect results in the Search tool (ie Bible, Basic, Media, Morph, Clause, or Syntax searches). The reason for this is that Logos sorts those search results in terms of Ranked, By resource, and By count not by Prioritized resources.
Viewing results of prioritizing resources
To see an example of the results of prioritizing resources, compare the two Passage Guides below.
- The panel on the left is before the resource has been prioritized, and the panel on the right demonstrates the result after the resource has been prioritized.
- Right-click the Library icon and select Open in a new tab or Open in a floating window.
- Select the resource(s) that you want to prioritize. (To select multiple resources, hold Ctrl in Windows or Cmd in macOS and click the desired resources.)
- Right-click your selection and click Prioritize this resource (may also show Prioritize these resources or Prioritize this series). The Prefer these resources: panel opens showing your added selection.
Tip: You may add additional titles to this list by dragging and dropping them into the panel. If a resource is part of a series and you only want to add one volume, press and hold Ctrl (Cmd for Mac) while you click and drag the resource.
Note: To remove a title from the list, right-click the title and select Remove from this list.
- Drag and drop your resources within the panel to set your desired priority level.
Tip: It is helpful to keep titles of the same type together on this list (e.g. Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, etc.).
- Logos now displays, accesses, and opens resources in the order that you have selected.
Prioritized Resources in Action
If, for instance, you type a Bible verse or passage into the command box, you’ll notice that one of the options opens the passage in your preferred Bible.
If you choose to open a Passage Study Layout instead, Logos will open a layout featuring a Passage Guide for the verse(s) you entered in one panel, the passage itself in your top three prioritized Bibles in another panel, and your top commentary on the passage in a final panel (this is where prioritizing an entire series is especially advantageous).
If you want to look up a word within a resource, Logos uses your prioritized dictionary or lexicon.
Advanced prioritization allows you to direct Logos when and how to apply prioritization of a resource. This enables you to limit the prioritization to a particular type of resource, a range of biblical text, or by the resource itself.
Applying advanced prioritization means that you are restricting how often Logos prioritizes a resource. For this reason, you want to place these resources higher on your priority list. This means that Logos will check to see if the rules apply to open this resource before it moves on to other priorities which will have broader parameters.
To apply advanced prioritization:
- Right-click the Library icon and select Open in a new tab (or Open in a floating window).
- Click the panel menu icon and select Prioritize resources. This opens a menu below the resource showing three additional ways to further prioritize this resource:
- Of this type
- In this range
- From this resource
- Use the drop-menus to reveal options for prioritizing this resource.
Prioritizing by type
Setting an advanced prioritization by type allows you to prefer a resource for particular types of uses.
You may want to use a particular lexicon only when you click a Strong’s number.
- From the drop-down menu, select Greek Strong’s Number.
- Whenever you click a Greek Strong’s number in Logos, it opens the lexicon you prioritized. However, in all other situations, it uses the next prioritized lexicon.
Note: If you want to prioritize this resource for Strong’s numbers in the Old Testament, you will need to repeat the process of prioritizing this resource by adding it again to the Prefer these resources pane.
Prioritizing by range
Setting an advanced prioritization by range allows you to prefer a resource for particular ranges of biblical text.
You may prefer to use a particular commentary series for Paul’s letters. Rather than add and prioritize each commentary individually, you can set a priority for the series.
- In the type box, select Bible. This tells Logos what kind of search this applies to.
- In the range box, type the range of Scripture you want to prioritize. (e.g. Romans-Philemon)
- When you open a Passage Guide Logos prioritizes this series for any passage in Paul’s letters but not for other passages.
Prioritizing by resource
Setting an advanced prioritization by resource allows you to prefer a particular resource for searches within a specified resource.
You prefer to use a different lexicon when working with the Septuagint than when you are studying Greek New Testament texts.
- In the type box, select Greek. This tells Logos what kind of search this applies to.
- In the resource box, type the name of the resource you wish to prioritize the lexicon for or scroll through the list to find your desired resource.
- When you click a word in the specified resource, Logos uses the prioritized lexicon. For all other resources, the next prioritized lexicon is used.
Remember: Because this is a highly specific prioritization, you want it to be higher than more general prioritizations.