Logos has a powerful note function that allows you to markup and annotate your digital Bibles and other resources. The basic idea is to provide a digital scratch pad to write down your thoughts while you read or study. This is a great way to keep track of information when studying for a Sermon, Bible Study, Class, or just for tracking your own personal thoughts during your daily Devotional time.
What is a "Note" in Logos?
When discussing notes, it's important to understand a few basic concepts first. There are essentially two layers to notes:
A notes document is like a container. You can think of it like a folder for all of your notes on a given topic. One note document can contain many individual notes.
Individual notes are saved in a notes document. These are all of your separate thoughts or markups related to the over-all topic of your note document. They could be written notes, just highlights or both and can be attached to specific text or references. You can also make notes that are unassociated, or not attached to any specific text in your library.
Creating a New Note
Create a new notes document by going to Documents and selecting Notes on the left side of the menu. It is also possible to open previous notes from this menu, on the right side. Type "note" in the "find" field to filter your Documents for just notes.
When creating a new notes document, be sure to name it approrpiately so that you can find it easily later. You might consider using a topic, general subject or passage. This is the primary level for organizing your notes.
Once you've created your notes document, there are 3 basic ways to add individual notes to it:
Method 1: Unassociated Notes
The most basic way to create a note, is simply to create or open a Note File and click the "Add note" button at the top of the panel. These notes are not attached to any specific text or Bible references.
This will create a new note in the document. You can write whatever you like in the Title and Content fields and format that text with the basic formatting tools at the top of the panel. Notes save automatically, as you type. You don't need to click a "save" button - just close the panel when you're done.
Method 2: Notes Attached to a Reference
If notes are created from specific Bible references, they will appear on the same passage in all of your Bibles as a small note icon. (You can customize these icons. We'll discuss this later.)
- Open your Bible to the desired reference (Proverbs 1:1 in the example below).
- With your mouse, select the verse or verses you want to annotate.
- Right-click on your selection.
- In the Context Menu, set the right-side to "Reference".
- Click "Add a note to Your Notes Document".
If your notes document wasn't open already, it will open automatically and you can add text to the new note.
Don't see your document listed? When no notes documents are open, Logos will try to display your last document in the Context Menu. If the document you want isn't listed, open it from the Documents menu. All open notes documents will be listed, even if they're not visible as an active tab.
Method 3: Notes attached to a Selection
As with a reference, you can also attach a note (or notes) to specific text in a specific resource.
- Open a Bible or any other resource to the desired location (Proverbs 1:2 in the example below).
- With your mouse, select the text you want to annotate.
- Right-click on your selection.
- In the Context Menu, set the right-side to "Selection".
- Click "Add note to Your Notes Document".
If your notes document wasn't open already, it will open automatically and you can add text to the new note. Notes created this way will display a note icon, but will also highlight the text by default. (This can be customized. We'll discuss this later.) These notes are not visible in multiple resources - only the resource you selected the text in.
In this example, you can see the 3 methods we discussed:
- The 1st note does not appear in any resources (method 1).
- The second note appears in both Bibles because it is made ont he "Reference" (method 2).
- The 3rd note appears in the ESV, but does not appear in the KJV. That note was specifically made in the ESV by "Selection", not "Reference". (method 3).