Using the Highlighting Tool in Logos 5

May 3, 2013
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A turial on how to use the Highlighting tool in Logos 5 along with a few advanced tips such as how to create a custom higlight style.

This tutorial specifically covers Logos 5 but things should also work in Logos 4 though the menus and tools may be in different places.

The Highlighter Tool

To get started you need to open the highlighting tool. Click on Tools and then Highlighting.

Accessing the Highlighting Tool
Accessing the Highlighting Tool

You should see the highlighting tool with the default palettes like so:

The Highlighting Palettes
The Highlighting Palettes

Each palette contains a few highlighters of similar types. To use them:

  1. Select text in an open book
  2. Click on the highlighter
  3. Voila, the text is now highlighted.
Highlighting Text
Highlighting Text

Where the highlight is stored

By default your highlighting is stored in a notes document named after the palette you used. So in this example my highlight is stored in a notes document named Highlighter Pens.
I like to save my notes and highlights in specific note documents. This can be done by clicking on the little icon that appears to the right of the highlight palette name as you hover your mouse over the name (or right-click on the name) and selecting “Save in…”

The option I tend to use is Save in: Most recent note file.
When I begin work I will ensure that I have one notes document open in Logos for the specific task I’m working on. That becomes the most recent note file and all my highlights and notes go in there.
Be careful that you don’t end up with two notes documents open or your highlights will go to the one you last accessed.
Remember that you have to change the Save in setting for each palette.

Changing the Default
Changing the Default

Removing Highlights

To remove a highlight:

  1. Right-click somewhere in the highlight
  2. Select Remove annotations

You can highlight a number of different highlights on the screen, right-click and click Remove annotations and all selected highlights will be removed.

Right-click to Remove Highlight
Right-click to Remove Highlight

Creating Your Own Highlighter Pens

I like to have my Logos Bibles look like they’re underlined in pencil just like my real Bible. To do this, I’ve created my own highlighters. It’s super easy to do so I’m going to show you how.

  1. On the Highlighters tab, click New palette
  2. Give your new palette a name and click Enter
    Create a New Highlighter Palette
    Create a New Highlighter Palette
  3. Click on the arrow next to the Palette name (mouse over the name to see) (or right-click on the name) and select Add a New Style
    Add a New Style
    Add a New Style
  4. Create your new style by:
    1. Giving it a name
    2. Open Borders & Lines
    3. Select Natural for the line style
    4. Make sure Single is selected for the number of lines
    5. Select a grey for the colour
    6. Click on the line under the text
    7. Keep an eye on the example window to make sure you’re getting what you want
    8. Click Save to finish
      Creating a New Style
      Creating a New Style

This is a great place to play and personalise how your mark-up your books. Don’t be scared to create various styles or duplicate and modify existing styles from other palettes. You can also move styles between palettes.

Don’t forget to change your Save In: setting for your new palette.

Using the Keyboard

If you have to click the specific highlighter every time you want to highlight something, it becomes a little tedious and you have to always have the highlighters panel open and visible (which means you can’t use the screen for other important documents). To solve this, you can set keyboard shortcuts to your highlighters. Let’s add a keyboard shortcut to our new highlighter style.

Click the little arrow icon next to the highlighter (mouse over the highlighter) (or right-click)
Mouse over the Shortcut Key: menu
Select the letter you want to assign to your highlighter. In this case I chose U for underline

Assign a Shortcut Key to a Highlighter
Assign a Shortcut Key to a Highlighter

Now you can highlight text in your book, click U on your keyboard and your text will be underlined in a nice pencil line.

Text Underlined
Text Underlined

I hope this tutorial was helpful and clear. If it wasn’t or you have a question, please feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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