How to Do a Logos 10 Proximity Search

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If you’ve upgraded to Logos 10, hopefully you’ve discovered one of the big changes is simplified searching. Searching is still just as powerful, but ideally much easier when it comes to creating detailed search queries.

There are searching subtleties you need to be aware of, as illustrated by a question I recently received:

I have upgraded to Logos 10 and I am trying to perform a search I learned at Camp Logos, but I’m getting an error message. Here’s what I’m typing: Jesus WITHIN 5 words Lord. What am I doing wrong?

As you may know, our fellow Logos user is executing a proximity search. He’s wanting to find places where the words Jesus and Lord appear within five words of each other. In previous versions of Logos, his query is correct. In Logos 10, though, a small change has occurred. The proximity unit, Words, must now be in all caps: WORDS.

Let’s set up the Logos 10 search he’s attempting:

  • Click the Search icon on the Logos 10 toolbar (A)
  • Select Bible as the search type (B)
  • Select your desired Bible to search (C) and verse range from the drop-down lists (D)
  • Place this query in the Search box: Jesus WITHIN 5 WORDS Lord (E)
  • Press the Enter/Return key to generate the results (if they don’t automatically generate for you)

This is a small change, but an important one as you execute proximity searches with the operators: BEFORE, AFTER, and WITHIN. I’ll continue to address searching changes in our upcoming weekly blogs.

Also, if you haven’t heard, we’re resuming our live, in-person, hands-on training seminars called Camp Logos. We’ll be in my hometown town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, December 5–7.

You can obtain more information and register for the on-site or live stream event here.

This is the fastest and most exciting way to become proficient in Logos 10. I sure hope to see you in December!

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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