When you first open the Logos Bible Software home page, you will see something like the following:
The Toolbar, , is in the upper-left corner. The three parts of the Toolbar from left to right are the Home page, the Library, and the Search utility. When you first open Logos Bible Software, the Home page is opened. Click the Library icon, , to switch to the Library view. Click the Search icon, , to switch to the Search view.
To the right of the Toolbar are the menus, , and to the far right is the menu, . The Documents menu lists documents that you have created. You can create any of the following documents:
- Clippings, which are pieces from resources, the web, Word documents, etc.
- Handout, which is a document that contains information that you want to save to give to others.
- Notes, which you can write and save for access in the future.
- Reading Plan, which is a calendar that you can create to guide you to read any resource according to a schedule.
- And other, more complex, documents.
The Guides menu assists you in creating your own Passage Guides, Exegetical Guides, Bible Word Studies, Sermon Starter Guides, and Topic Guides. These are described in other modules.
To the right of the Menus is the Command Bar, . You can use the Command Bar to perform many Logos features. For example, enter the word, “history”, in the Command Bar and hit the Enter key. A window pane will open to show you the recent things you have opened as you have been using Logos Bible Software.
To the right of the Command Bar is the Shortcuts Bar, , which basically is an empty space. This is a place where you can drag and drop tabs to create visual shortcuts to numerous Logos resources. As an example, let’s assume that your favorite Bible is the “Biblia Sacra Volgata (SESB)”, the Latin Bible. Click on the Library icon, and enter “Greek”. The resulting list includes the “Biblia Sacra Volgata (SESB)”. Click on this title to open the Latin Bible. Next, move the cursor over the title, hold the mouse key down, drag the title into the Shortcuts Bar, and release the mouse key. An icon will be created in the Shortcuts Bar. Now, whenever you want to open the “Biblia Sacra Volgata (SESB)”, click on this new icon in the Shortcuts Bar. Basically, you have just created a helpful shortcut that you can use to open the Latin Bible.
All of these items are useful to you as you learn to use Logos Bible Software.