How to Search for an Exact Phrase in Logos

Man on tablet searches for a phrase in the Bible

I’m trying to locate the phrase “the faith” in the NKJV, but the search results include “the faithful”, and” the faithfulness”. Am I overlooking a setting that will limit the results to just “the faith”?

In this case, the search being overlooked is called Match all word forms, and it applies both to words and phrases.

For example, if we searched for the word love with this feature enabled, we’d find love, loves, loved, etc. As I just mentioned though, the feature applies equally to phrases—which is why our fellow Logos user was locating various forms.

Let’s set up the scenario above and disable the feature:

screenshot showing a Bible search in Logos
  • Click the Search icon (A) to open the Search panel 
  • Select Bible as the search type (B)
  • Select NKJV as the Bible to search (C)
  • Place this phrase in the search box: “the faith” (D)
deselecting "Match all word forms" in Logos
  • Choose the Search panel menu (E)
  • Make sure Match all word forms is NOT selected (F)
screenshot showing search results for "the faith" in Logos
  • Press the Enter/Return key to generate the results
  • Notice we’re only locating the specific phrase “the faith” (G)

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Written by
Morris Proctor

Morris Proctor (1961–2023) was a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software and founder of MP Seminars. Morris trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, and his team continues to provide many training materials.

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