How to Use the Blogape Highlighting System in Logos 4


I have a system of highlighting that I have used for several years now that helps me. It’s a free country, so you, of course, can do what you want (except Democrats or Communists do appear to control the choice of highlighter colors; you really can’t get anything but the standard  eight). Just take my model as a suggestion, then, a starting point.

Briefly, I use yellow for anything that strikes me. I use pink for ordinals—first point, second point, third point, etc. The yellow helps me see what’s valuable when I flip through the book later. The pink orients me to the flow of the argument both later and even while I read.

I started doing something similar in Logos 4, setting up my own set of highlighter pens along with my own keyboard shortcuts (see at left)—which was a keystroke of genius on Logos’ part. I don’t like using any highlights that cause the leading (the space between lines) to increase, so I eliminated them all and even created a few of my own styles.

But I found I was still lacking one of the most important portions of my highlighting system. I needed at times to write 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. in front of pink outline points.

I came to realize that Logos 4 can do just this, and I created my own highlighter pens to do it. You can see them in the screen shot.

Now I can highlight lists like the other screenshot. My special pens add a 0., 1., 2., etc. in front of whatever text I have selected to highlight.

Good work, Logos.


Update: A reader asked how to do this. Right click inside the highlight window, choose “Create a new palette.” Name the palette. Now right click inside it and click “Create style.” Then mimic what I did below. (If I did not expand an arrow, then there’s nothing to do under that arrow.)


Author: Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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