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Introduction to Notes: Advanced

Advanced techniques for viewing, organizing and customizing notes.

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Windows Mac OS X

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Vista (or higher) OS X 10.6.8 (or higher)

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Logos 5.0+

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Viewing Notes

You can view your notes in a few different ways. From your Notes Document, you can select "Full", "Compact" or "Split" view. You can also preview your notes directly from your resources.

  • Full - Shows all of your notes, with Titles and Content visible.
  • Compact - Shows only Titles. Click on a note to view its Content field. Content is only displayed for 1 note at a time.
  • Split - Displays all of your note Titles as a menu. Select a note to view the Content on the right. Content is only displayed for 1 note at a time.
  • Preview - Shows a basic preview when hovering over the note indicator. Some formatting, like lists, may be limited in this view. Click on the indicator to open the full note.

Customizing Note Indicators and Highlights

Your individual notes can be customized with a unique "indicator", color and highlighter style. This is helpful when organizing your notes.

    To edit your note style:
  • Open your Notes Document.
  • Click on the note "Indicator" for a note you'd like to change.
  • A menu will open with all of your customizing options for that note:

After making your changes, click on Use this style by default if you'd like to always use the new style when you make a new note. Clicking Reset will change your default style back to the default yellow.

Any note's indicator can be changed or colored, but only notes made on selections will have highlighter options. To review the types of notes, click here

Basic Formatting

Mac Users: You can use the "Command" key in place of "CTRL" or "Option" key in place of "ALT" for these instructions.

Once you've created a note, you can edit its content with the basic tools provided at the top of the panel:

The first option allows you to choose your Font. You can click on the number to change the size. Bold (CTRL+B) and Italic (CTRL+I) can be toggled on or off using their buttons or keyboard shortcuts and clicking "ABC" (All Caps) will change lowercase letters to smaller capitol letters.

You will also find options for Superscript and Subscript, Text Color, Background Color, Alignment, Bulleted Lists, Numbered Lists and Indentation. These all function essentially the same as you might expect in any other text editor.

Some formatting options will not be visible or may not display correctly when previewed in your resource, but clicking the note indicator will open the full note with correct formatting.
Using Hyperlinks in Notes

The last item on the toolbar is the Hyperlink tool. This may behave slightly different than you would expect from a standard text editor.

    To create a Hyperlink:
  • Type some text into your note content.
  • Select the text with your mouse.
  • Click the Hyperlink icon.
  • Type in a Bible Reference (ex: John 1:1-18) or URL*.
  • Hit Enter, or click outside of the field to add the link.

* What are URLs? (Advanced)

A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is essentially an address for a computer. You might be most familiar with Internet URLs, like http://www.logos.com and other websites. Logos Bible Software uses URLs too. This allows you to hyperlink to a specific location within Logos.

Bible Reference URLs occur automatically when you type them in the Hyperlink tool. They will always open your Preferred Bible to the linked reference.

    You can also create a URL for a specific location in other resources:
  • Open a Resource or Book in Logos.
  • Select the text your want to link to.
  • Click on the Panel Menu (book cover) for that resource.
  • Choose "Copy location as: URL".
  • Paste the URL into the Hyperlink tool in your note.
  • Hit Enter, or click outside of the field to add the link.
Once you have selected "URL" as your "Copy location as" type, Logos will remember this setting. You can now use CTRL+ALT+C to copy additional URLs quickly.
Important: Keep in mind, the notes feature is not designed to replace your standard text editor for large documents, especially if you plan to publish or distribute that content. We would strongly recommend doing the bulk of your formatting and editing in a more common platform, like Microsoft Word. Click here for more information on exporting notes and content.
Last Updated: 9/4/2013