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


Logos 5.0+


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Create a New Guide Template

Logos comes with several "guide templates" to help you navigate your library and search for important information by Passage, Word, and Topic. Each guide template can be customized to your liking, or create your own guide templates from scratch.

What is a Guide Template?

A guide template determines what type of information is accessed, based on the type of template used and the reference, word, or topic being entered. Logos comes pre-loaded with a few standard templates. We can also choose sections from any of the standard templates (Passage, Exegetical, Topic, Sermon Starter, Bible Word Study) to create entirely new templates. When you enter a reference, word, or topic into a template, the resulting information is called a guide.

To create a New Template:
  • Click on the Guides menu.
  • Select "Make a new guide template".

A new template will open with no previously selected sections or settings.

Edit an Existing Guide Template

As a shortcut, edit any existing template by clicking its panel menu icon and choosing "Edit guide template" from the menu. They will automatically include all the sections and settings from the parent template, which can be edited as desired.

Name your Templates

To keep track of custom guides, it is recommended to name them according to their intended purpose. Click the pencil icon to edit the name in the top-left corner.

Logos will not replace the default guide templates. If editing one of these, a copy will be saved instead, but it is possible to ask Logos to prefer your own copy by prefacing it with "My".

Example: Replace the default Passage Guide by naming a new template "My Passage Guide". Use this method to replace any default guide ("My Exegetical Guide", "My Bible Word Study" and so on). The default guides can still be accessed from the Guides menu or by renaming your custom template.

Choose a Template Type

When creating a guide, be sure to select the Template type first, in the top-right corner. This determines what type of information the guide will be used to gather.

  • The Bible Reference type will gather information related to a passage from the Bible.
  • The Bible Word type will search for words to provide definitions and concordances based on a biblical word in Greek or Hebrew.
    This type can be used with English words, or the original languages.
  • The Sermon Theme type will generate information from Logos' database of Bible themes.
  • Or select Topic to research anything in Logos' topical database.

Pick Guide Sections

Available sections will vary by template type. For this tutorial, we'll be using the Bible Reference type.

All Sections from...

Quickly add all the default sections from the standard template types by selecting the guide options at the top of the list. On a Bible Reference template, these will be "Passage Guide" and "Exegetical Guide".

Individual Sections

Alternatively, build a new template a la carte, by selecting individual sections. Commonly used are:

  • Commentaries - Search any set of Commentaries, or all of them.
  • Collections - Search any collection, predefined or user-defined.
  • Cross References - See cross references for the current passage.
  • Parallel Passages - Display Harmonies and Parallel Passages if applicable to the passage.
  • Thematic Outlines - View exportable outlines for the themes within the passage.
  • Word by Word - Exegete the passage with the original language forms and morphology for each word. Includes links to dictionaries, lexicons and Bible Word Study.
Custom guides should be unique to your needs. Be sure to explore the other types and sections, to find what works best for you. You can create as many templates as you like and edit them at any time by clicking their panel menu icon.

Managing Individual Guides

What is a Guide?

A guide is the result of a guide template. Every time a guide template is used, a guide is created for that passage. It will be saved automatically and can be accessed again later from the guides menu, or by running the same template on the same reference, word, or topic again.

If you edit an individual guide (e.g. removing a certain commentary from the commentary list or adding a note), Logos will remember your changes whenever the same guide is accessed, but if you open your template to a new passage, those changes will not be reflected on the new guide.
Refreshing a Guide

To refresh a guide, press the F5 (Mac users may need to hold the Fn key) or click its panel menu icon and choose "Refresh Guide" from the menu.

Refreshing a guide will restore any deleted commentary results or favorites in the guide. Notes created in the guide will not be affected.

Deleting a Guide

To clear all data in a guide, including notes, it is possible to delete the saved guide without losing the template:

  • From the Guide: click on the panel menu and choose "Delete this guide".
  • From the Guides menu: locate the desired guide in the documents list, right-click it and choose "Delete".

If the guide is currently open, it will automatically regenerate itself based on the current template settings.