Welcome to Logos!
We know that learning new software can be daunting. But the good news is that you have access to a ton of great resources and a vibrant community of Logos users to help you get started successfully using Logos.
This article provides an overview of the resources available to you for using Logos and suggests specific places to begin. The final section provides answers to frequently asked questions about basic tasks in Logos.
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To find help downloading and installing Logos, visit this page.
For an overview of Logos features, visit logos.com/features.
The Logos Help Center at support.logos.com is a searchable database of articles, videos, and other resources designed to help you successfully use Logos.
The Logos Help File is available inside of Logos and provides technical documentation on Logos features and tools.
Logos forums provide a space for Logos users to connect, ask questions, and learn from expert Logos users. To participate in the forums, be sure to log in with your Logos account credentials.
Other communities of Logos users are scattered throughout the web. If you’re active on Facebook, consider joining the Logos Tips and Tricks group.
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Logos Training and Tutorials
For Logos training specifically tailored to Wordsearch users, check out our webinar series.
Want a quick introduction and overview of Logos? Go here: Get Oriented in Logos
You can also watch video tutorials oriented to different kinds of study in Logos:
How do I … in Logos?
Note: If you have questions about your account, or about migrating from Wordsearch, visit our FAQ page.
Open a Bible
In Logos, click the Library icon, then enter the name or abbreviation for the Bible you want to open. When it appears, click it. (You can follow the same steps to open any other book in your Logos library.)
You can also quickly open your Bible to a specific passage by typing a reference in the Go box, then selecting the option that reads Go to [passage] in preferred Bible. Learn more.
Set my default Bible
In Logos, your preferred Bible appears as the default when you run a search or other tasks that require using a Bible. Learn how to set your preferred Bible.
Get books I recently purchased
When you purchase a book on logos.com, it automatically becomes available to you in Logos. This process may take a few minutes, but you don’t need to take any additional actions. (Make sure that you purchase any resources with the account with which you use Logos.) If you don’t see a recently purchased resource, visit the troubleshooting page.
Save my arrangement of windows and tabs to return to at a later time.
Logos periodically takes snapshots of your layouts that you can return to. You can access these via the Layouts menu. You can also save as many custom layouts as you’d like. Learn more.
Link my Bible and commentary (or other resource) so that they stay in sync.
You can do this by assigning these two or more resources to the same link set. Learn more.
Logos supports several different ways to take notes. The easiest is to highlight the text you want to take a note about, then select the note icon in the selection menu that appears. You can access the Notes Tool directly by clicking Tools > Notes. Learn more.
Organize my notes
In Logos, Notes are organized in notebooks (these are similar to notestacks in Wordsearch) and with tags. Notes may only be placed in one notebook, but you can apply as many tags as you’d like to a given note. Logos also automatically tags your notes with some kinds of data, like book of the Bible, date created, etc. Learn more.
In Logos, you can highlight text simply by selecting it, then picking a highlighting style from the selection menu that appears. If you want access to more highlighting styles, or want to create your own, use the Highlighting Tool. Learn more.
Use a text editor
Logos doesn’t have a single dedicated text editor. Instead, it provides the ability to create different document types tailored to your needs. You can create new documents and access existing documents from the Docs menu. Learn more.
Some of the most popular document types are listed below.
- In most cases, the Notes Tool will meet your writing needs. Notes can be formatted, linked to one or more locations in a Bible or other book, and more. Learn how to use Notes.
- If you want to write a sermon, use Logos’ Sermon Editor. Sermon Editor includes special features that allow you to keep track of your sermons, add markup, automatically create slides for you, and more. Learn how to use Sermon Editor.
- The Canvas Tool allows you to engage with the text in visual and creative ways. You can import biblical text, reformat it, add shapes and colors, etc. Learn more.
- In Logos, Verse Lists are referred to as Passage Lists. Learn how to create and manage Passage Lists here.
Looking for something else? Find resources on other Logos document types here.
While traditional interlinears are available, Logos primarily makes use of what we call “reverse interlinears.” Instead of aligning English words to a Greek or Hebrew base text, Logos displays the corresponding original language words under each English word. You can activate a reverse interlinear for virtually any Bible in your Logos library. Learn more.
Change my font/display size
You can change the Logos font, font size, and more in the Logos program settings. Learn more.
Search my Bible and other books
Logos provides sophisticated search functionality. Searching can be as simple as a right-click or as technical as building a query for specific syntactical relationships. Learn more about searching in Logos.
Study a word
Use the Bible Word Study Guide. In Logos, guides search all of your resources and build a report on a given word, passage, topic, and more. Learn more about using the Bible Word Study Guide.
Use a Lexicon
In Logos, lexicons are fully integrated into your tools. The easiest way to lookup a word in a lexicon is to right-click it, ensure the lemma is selected in the left pane of the Context menu, then pick a lexicon in the right pane of the Context menu. Learn more.
Use Strong’s numbers
You can use Strong’s numbers to study words in Logos. You can find the Strong’s number for a word by right clicking it. The Strong’s number will be displayed in the left panel of the context menu along with other information about the word you’ve selected.
You can also use the interlinear view to see Strong’s numbers for every word in a passage. Click the interlinear icon to toggle this view on and off. (If you don’t see Strong’s numbers, click the arrow beside the interlinear icon and ensure the box beside Strong’s Numbers is checked.
Logos also provides additional features that provide study options that exceed what Strong’s numbers allow you to do. Learn more.
Get Logos on my mobile device
Logos is available for iOS and Android devices. All of your resources and most document types are available in the mobile app.
Add a link to an external file in Logos
You can add a shortcut to an external file by clicking and dragging it to the shortcut area in Logos.
Import a document into Logos
You can import content you’ve written into Logos using the Personal Books Tool. This process is somewhat technical but provides the ability to turn your work into resources with some functionality in Logos. Learn more.
Open parallel Bibles
The Text Comparison Tool allows you to display multiple Bible versions side by side, highlight differences, and more. Learn more.
Pick what resources download to my computer or mobile device
Logos provides fine-grained control of what resources are downloaded to your devices. Learn more here.
Copy & paste from Logos to a word processor
Logos does not have a direct equivalent to Wordsearch’s Instant Verse Study. You can use your operating system shortcuts to copy and paste from Logos. If you want to customize the way your pasted text is formatted, use the Copy Bible Verses Tool. Learn more.
Find cross references
You can find traditional cross references using the Cross References guide section. Logos also includes a tool that provides important related passages based on discussions in commentaries, lexicons, and more. Learn more about Important Passages.
Find resources to start a sermon or lesson
Logos does not have a direct equivalent to Wordsearch’s Lessonmaker feature. However, Logos does have many other features designed to help you efficiently research and prepare sermons and lessons. These include:
- Sermon Starter Guide — This guide searches your entire Logos library for information on a given passage or preaching theme. Learn more.
- Thematic Outlines — This guide section provides an outline of themes and passages associated with a given passage or preaching theme. Learn more.
- Sermon Outlines — This guide section allows you to quickly find sermon outlines on a given passage from resources in your Logos library. Learn more.
Note: These features depend on having specific types of resources in your Logos library. If you’d like these features to return more results, considering purchasing some additional resources, or upgrading your Logos base package.