Get Started with Logos Basic

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Welcome to Logos 8. In this article, we’ll walk through how to organize your layout, access various resources, and jump into your first study. If you need more help with any of the features mentioned here, click the link included in each section or browse the other articles and videos available on the Logos Help Center.

By default, Logos opens to the Home Page, where you can access your workflows, prayer lists, and reading plans as well as browse up-to-date Bible study content, and more. You can customize how this content displays by clicking one of the settings icons Program_Settings.svg. The upper icon allows you to select the number of columns for your display as well as to refresh the Dashboard. Selecting the lower icon allows you to choose the kinds of resources that are displayed under the Explore heading.

 

 

You can return to this screen from anywhere in Logos by clicking the Home icon Home.svg.

Note: Anytime you want to clear your workspace, you may do so by clicking the Close all icon Close_All.svg. When you close panels in this way, they will return to the last place you were when you open them again.

 

 

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What do you want to do?

 

 

I want to read my Bible devotionally

 

  • Layouts

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    Choosing a Layout opens a set of resources and tools in a predetermined arrangement.

     

    1. From the Home Page, click the plus icon plus.svg. From here, you can choose a resource or a Layout that you would like to add to your Dashboard.

     

     

    1. Select an available option (such as Bible and Commentary).

     

     

    1. Clicking Add results in a Layout like this:

     

     

    1. Type the Scripture reference you would like to read in the reference box. Because these resources are linked together, you only need to enter the reference in one of the boxes.

     

     

    Note: Entering the book name and chapter will open the Bible to verse 1 of that chapter. When entering a reference, Logos recognizes multiple formats.

    For example:

    • 1 John 1:1
    • 1jo 1 1
    • 1st John 1:1
    • See the complete list of recognized abbreviations here.

     

    1. To rearrange your panels, drag and drop tabs to move them anywhere on the screen, or drag the edge of the panel to resize it.

     

    If you like your revised panel arrangement and want to save it, click the Layouts icon Layouts.svg and select Save as Named Layout, then give this layout a name. Now, you can go back to the Layouts menu anytime, click the saved layout, and reopen the resources exactly as you left them.

     

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  • Choosing a Devotional or Lectionary

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    1. From the Dashboard, click the plus icon plus.svg.

     

     

    1. Select Daily Devotional or Lectionary to open a window that allows you to choose an available devotional or lectionary from your Library.

     

     

    Once you select a resource a new card will be added to your Dashboard.

     

     

    1. Click the card to open the devotional or lectionary to today’s reading. Hovering over any Scripture reference in this panel opens a window showing the full highlighted text.

     

     

    1. Click a Scripture reference to open a panel in your preferred Bible. Learn how to change your preferred Bible here.

     

     

    You may arrange the cards on your Dashboard by dragging and dropping them into your preferred order, or you may remove a card by clicking the ellipsis Kebab.svg in the upper right-hand corner of the card and clicking Remove card.

     

     

  • Information and Context Menu

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    When working in a resource in Logos, you can reveal a wealth of information by opening Information in the Tools menu. This is especially helpful when studying a passage of Scripture.

     

     

    Simply click or hover over a word to reveal its definition, popular English translations, original language information, and more.

     

     

    Most of this information is also available by right-clicking a term which opens the Context menu. Here Logos lists different kinds of information about the term in the right column along with a set of actions you can perform on the left.

     

     

  • Library

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    If you want to browse your available resources or open a specific resource, click the Library icon Library.svg located to the right of the Home icon Home.svg. You have the option of searching your Library by typing all or part of the title or the author in the search bar.

     

    1. To locate a resource by title, enter the title in the search bar (e.g., Easton’s Bible Dictionary); then click the title link to open the resource in a new panel.

     

     

    1. You can also find works by a particular author (e.g., St. Augustine). Type the word “author”, followed by a colon and the author’s name (author:Augustine). Click a resource’s title to open it in a new panel.

     

     

    1. In addition, use the Library filter panel on the left to explore the resources in your library and find them according to attributes like subject, type, author, or publisher.

     

    • To find all of your New Testament commentaries, for example, select Bible N.T. from the Subject filter options, then scroll to the Type filter and select Bible Commentary.

     

     

    If there’s a resource you access often, you can create a button for it on the shortcuts bar to the right of the Tools menu at the top of the program. Simply drag an item to the shortcut bar.

     

     

    Now, you only need to click the button whenever you want to open that resource or execute the command.

     

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  • Notes

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    Notes is a powerful tool for documenting and collecting observations while you research and read. This tool is automatically opened with the Bible Journaling Layout.

     

    Notes can be organized in notebooks, allowing you to both record and organize your thoughts, and then recall what you’ve learned with faceted searching.

     

    1. Create a note by right-clicking a word or selection.

     

     

    1. Once the note has been created, you may add tags, which are keywords or phrases that you can use in searches to find the note again as well as to link it with other notes.

     

     

    You can access all your notes by clicking Tools and selecting Notes.

     

     

    Note: Whenever you highlight a word or passage in a resource, Logos automatically stores these highlights in Notes.

     

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I want to do in-depth Bible study

 

This section orients you to some opening steps and features to launch you to a deeper study of God’s Word.

 

  • Workflows

  • A quick way to begin a guided study is by opening a Workflow--a predetermined framework which guides you through a study and directs you to the relevant resources in your Library at the appropriate stages of your study.

     

    1. At the top of the window, click Guides.

     

     

    1. Select the Basic Bible Study workflow.

     

     

    1. Enter the passage you want to study, and Logos will generate your study outline.

     

     

    Logos automatically saves each Workflow. You can access each one quickly by returning to the Home screen. Click the upper Settings icon Program_Settings.svg and select Refresh.

     

     

    This adds a card with your saved Workflow to your Dashboard. Clicking the card opens your saved Workflow where you left off.

     

     

    Learn more

     

  • Original Language Study

  • Logos gives you access to the original languages through interlinear Bibles. Reverse interlinears use Bibles like the Lexham English Bible (LEB) to reveal the original language behind the English text. Unlike a traditional interlinear Bible, reverse interlinear Bibles display an English translation with the corresponding Greek and Hebrew words placed below (and out of their original order).

     

    1. In an open Bible window, click the Interlinear icon Inline_Interlinear.svg.

     

     

    With the Interlinear open, you can select any English term and see:

     

    • Its manuscript form in the original language and/or transliterated form,
    • Its lemma (or dictionary) form of the word in its original language and/or transliterated form,
    • Its root in the original language and/or in transliterated form,
    • Morphological data for the word
    • Strong’s and/or Louw-Nida Numbers
    • Its sense.

     

    1. You can choose which of these options display by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the Interlinear icon Inline_Interlinear.svg or right-clicking within the Surface text column and selecting the options you want to view.

     

     

    Learn more

     

  • Information and Context Menu

  • When working through a resource in Logos, you can reveal a wealth of information by opening Information in the Tools menu. This is especially helpful when studying a passage of Scripture.

     

     

    Simply click or hover over a word to reveal its definition, popular English translations, original language information, and more.

     

     

    Most of this information is also available by right-clicking a term to open the Context Menu. Here, Logos lists different kinds of information about the term in the right column along with a set of actions you can perform on the left.

     

     

  • Layouts

  •  

    Choosing a Layout opens a set of resources and tools in a predetermined arrangement.

     

    1. From the Home Page, click the plus icon plus.svg. From here you can choose a resource or a Layout that you would like to add to your Dashboard.

     

     

    1. Select an option (such as Bible and Commentary).

     

     

    1. Clicking Add results in a Layout like this:

     

     

    1. Type the Scripture reference you would like to read in the reference box. Because these resources are linked together, you only need to enter the reference in one of the boxes.

     

     

    Note: Entering the book name and chapter will open the Bible to verse 1 of that chapter. When entering a reference, Logos will recognize multiple formats.

    For example:

    • 1 John 1:1
    • 1jo 1 1
    • 1st John 1:1
    • See the complete list of recognized abbreviations here.

     

    1. To rearrange your panels, drag and drop tabs to move them anywhere on the screen, or drag the edge of the panel to resize it.

     

    If you like your revised panel arrangement and want to save it, click the Layouts icon Layouts.svgand select Save as Named Layout, then give this layout a name. Now, you can go back to the Layouts menu anytime, click the saved layout, and reopen the resources exactly as you left them.

     

    Learn more

     

  • Guides

  • Another option for beginning a study is through the use of Guides. To the right of the Docs menu, you’ll see the Guides menu where you can create specialized reports for different kinds of information.

     

    For instance, to see everything your Library has to say on a Bible passage:

     

    1. Open the Passage Guide,

     

     

    1. Type the reference you’re studying, and press Enter

     

     

    1. In the Guide report, Logos queues all of your resources discussing this text, such as commentaries, journal articles, cross-references from the Bible, other ancient literature, and more

     

    Each Guide serves a particular function:

     

    • Passage Guides are meant for in-depth study of Bible passages,
    • Exegetical and Bible Word Study Guides provide information on the original languages,
    • Theology Guides unearth what your library has to say about biblical doctrines,
    • Sermon Starter Guides help with preaching outlines and illustrations.

     

    Learn more

     

  • Link Sets

  • Often it is helpful for multiple resources to work together in tandem (like a Bible and commentary or lexicon). You can easily control whether panels in Logos scroll together or independently of each other using Link Sets. Assign two or more resources to the same Link Set, or assign some tools to follow an open panel through the resource panel menu.

     

    1. In the first panel that you want to link, open the panel menu by clicking Kebab.svg.

     

     

    1. Click a letter to establish the first part of your link.

     

     

    1. Open a second resource that you wish to link. You can do this by typing the title in the Go box or clicking the Library icon Library.svg and searching for your desired resource

     

    1. Open the panel menu by clicking Kebab.svg.

     

     

    1. Click the letter that corresponds to the letter you selected in the first panel to complete the link.

     

     

    Open resources that share a Link set letter will scroll together.

     

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  • Searching

  • Another way to begin your study is by entering a topic or passage that you would like to study in the Go box.

     

     

    Clicking the Search icon Search.svg within the Go box opens the search panel, which helps you find words and phrases in your resources. This panel shows four different kinds of searches (Bible, Basic, Media, and Morph).

     

     

    Bible search focuses only on Bible verses, while Basic search finds terms throughout your Library. To learn more about the different kinds of searches, check out their respective videos.

     

    You can also access search templates by expanding the navigation menu by clicking the Hamburger.svg icon to the left of the Bible search option. These templates help you search for and find exactly what you’re looking for by empowering you to execute advanced searches in any of your resources.

     

    Learn more
  • Notes

  •  

    Notes is a powerful tool for documenting and collecting observations while you research and read. (This tool is automatically opened with the Bible Journaling Layout.)

     

    Notes can be organized in notebooks, allowing you to both record and organize your thoughts, and then recall what you’ve learned with faceted searching.

     

    1. Create a note by right-clicking a word or selection.

     

     

    1. Once the note has been created, you may add tags, which are keywords or phrases that you can use in searches to find the note again as well as to link it with other notes.

     

     

    You can access all your notes by clicking Tools and selecting Notes.

     

     

    Note: Whenever you highlight a word or passage in a resource, Logos automatically stores these highlights in Notes.

     

    Learn more

     

    May God bless your study as you grow in the light of the Bible!

I want to prepare a message

 

  • Guides

  • Another option for beginning a study is through the use of Guides. To the right of the Docs menu, you’ll see the Guides menu where you can create specialized reports for different kinds of information.

     

    For instance, to see everything your Library has to say on a Bible passage:

     

    1. Open the Passage Guide,

     

     

    1. Type the reference you’re studying, and press Enter

     

     

    1. In the Guide report, Logos queues all of your resources discussing this text, such as commentaries, journal articles, cross-references from the Bible, other ancient literature, and more

     

    Each Guide serves a particular function:

     

    • Passage Guides are meant for in-depth study of Bible passages,
    • Exegetical and Bible Word Study Guides provide information on the original languages,
    • Theology Guides unearth what your library has to say about biblical doctrines,
    • Sermon Starter Guides help with preaching outlines and illustrations.

     

    Learn more

     

  • Notes

  •  

    Notes is a powerful tool for documenting and collecting observations while you research and read.

     

    Notes can be organized in notebooks, allowing you to both record and organize your thoughts, and then recall what you’ve learned with faceted searching.

     

    1. Create a note by right-clicking a word or selection.

     

     

    1. Once the note has been created, you may add tags, which are keywords or phrases that you can use in searches to find the note again as well as to link it with other notes.

     

     

    You can access all your notes by clicking Tools and selecting Notes.

     

     

    Note: Whenever you highlight a word or passage in a resource, Logos automatically stores these highlights in Notes.

     

    Learn more

     

  • Docs

  • Logos helps you organize and present what you’ve learned. To the right of the Go box is the Docs menu.

     

    1. Select New, revealing a drop-down menu with various resources to help you organize your material. You can also create prayer lists and reading plans.

     

     

    1. Logos also makes it easy for you to access the notes from your study.

     

     

    Whenever you create a Logos document, Logos backs it up to your Logos.com account and synchronizes it to everywhere you use Logos – whether that’s another computer or your mobile device, you always have the latest copy of your work.

     

    Learn more

     

  • Tools

  • Content such as Scripture passages or other media can easily be copied to the clipboard and made available to paste in another document (like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint). To the right of the Docs menu is the Tools menu.

     

    Click the Media icon to open a window with options to view, search, and export media elements for presentations.

     

    Learn more

     

  • Exporting and Sharing

  • When you copy a passage from a resource in Logos and paste it in Microsoft Word, a footnote is automatically created.

     

    Notes and/or other sections can be exported to social media, email, or Faithlife.com.

     

    1. Select the portion you wish to share and right click. This opens a menu where you can choose where to post the content.

     

     

    1. You also have the option of creating a Media file that can be exported to PowerPoint or Proclaim.

     

    Learn more

     

 

In addition to articles and videos on the topics discussed above, the Logos Help Center features training resources on a variety of other topics designed to help you get the most out of Logos.

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