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Scott David | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Jan 31 2021 12:38 PM

I'd love to hear how others are organizing their shortcuts. I just created Toolbar Folders in the last week or so (just upgraded to 9) -- so I'm sure it's going to innovate quite a bit:

  • BK - Books [Personal Books, Books I'm currently reading, etc]
  • DOC - Documents [Links to PC folders / files]
  • MAIN - [Most Used: Tools, Guides, & Workflows]
  • WK SP - [Most Used: Workspaces]

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 31 2021 6:22 PM

I'm taking a bit of a different approach with the SC bar folders. I have a folder for bibles (22 items), a folder for my top 5 tools (5), and a folder for two docs that I use the most often, called "serendipitous notes" and "serendipitous clippings." (When I find something randomly, it goes in one of those until I move it to a more appropriate location.)

I decided to no reproduce most items that I can find in one of the resident menus, and I'm still using my Favorites for specific resources.

I'll enjoy watching this thread grow, as I always learn good stuff from other users.

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PJ | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 1 2021 9:40 AM

I found myself several times reinventing my toolbar menus. It's mostly used as a compact Favorites bar for favorites outside Logos. So I decided on the alphabet as the most appropriate way to organize this cluttered mind. What is behind this alphabet?

A sneak peek:

Don't ask why App's are under "E". I don't really know, think it was for "External Apps/Tools" ...

These buttons are my motivation to complete my next Sermon. They will eventually all be linked to Layouts and Workflows. Sometimes I laugh at myself for being so complicated, ... and ... next week I'll maybe reinvent the toolbar layout if someone has a great idea.

"I'll be back ... "

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Lonnie Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 1 2021 10:16 AM

I am only putting things on the shortcut's menu with things I can't find just as quick somewhere else. So far, I only have two folders. A folder I call "Online" which houses the websites I want quick access to like Logos.com, Logos forums, mp seminars. I have an "Inductive Layouts" where I keep layouts for my regular inductive bible study. I preface each step with a number, so it will go in the order of my study steps and not be listed alphabetically. I don't want to over-populate the shorts cut bar with folders or the folders with things I can easily open with one click somewhere else. I had a "Reading Plan" folder which had the books I am reading this year. It is just as easy to open it from the home page as it is with a folder. And I didn't have to spend time putting them in a folder. So I eliminated it. I think the folders are great for things you need quick access too that are not available somewhere else.

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Scott David | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 1 2021 12:07 PM

PJ -- this is way too cool! Cool I'm embarrassed to day, I didn't realize Macros could be built in Logos... I'm going to have to do some research!

Really unique idea having Alphabet of menus -- looks amazing and given unlimited opportunity for Scaling (as long as you can remember the letters that represent the file types you're linking to). 

Yeah... I can over-complicate a toothpick Zip it! ... And I'm constantly innovating my systems. Your system gave me a lot of ideas I hadn't previously considered. THANKS!

BTW - the reason I'm trying to keep it to just a few menus (folders) -- is that I sometimes tile windows side-by-side -- and want to be able to access all menus when I do that.
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Scott David | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 1 2021 12:12 PM

Lonnie Spencer:
 I am only putting things on the shortcut's menu with things I can't find just as quick somewhere else... 

That makes a ton of sense Lonnie, and keeps clutter to a minimum. I definitely struggle with that and go back and forth ("Hmmm... it's already accessible from the Tools menu, do I really want it in a Custom Folder?").

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Tony Walker | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 6 2021 9:08 PM

How do I delete an item once it is in a folder? I have a folder called. Links. that I put links to webpages. I added one but didn't rename it before hand, so now it looks odd with the full url name. I tried right clicking on it but it just registers as a single click and opens the webpage. 

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Scott David | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 7 2021 9:55 AM

Hey Tony! I think it's a strange and temporary malfunction. If restarting Logos doesn't allow you to edit / delete a shortcut, try rebooting your machine; if it still doesn't work you may need to contact Logos support.

Regarding Folders, I believe the only way to delete is to remove all shortcuts that reside in it.

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Scott E. Mahle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 7 2021 10:11 AM

Tony Walker:

How do I delete an item once it is in a folder? 

Hello, Tony!

Right click the item in the folder and remove the folder name.

Tony Walker:

 I tried right clicking on it but it just registers as a single click and opens the webpage. 

That's a problem I have not experienced.

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PJ | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 7 2021 8:18 PM

Tony Walker:
I tried right clicking on it but it just registers as a single click and opens the webpage. 

What is the chance that your mouse configuration changed somehow?

(this is on windows)

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Steven Veach | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2021 12:03 AM

This is a great feature. I had no idea I could make folders for shortcuts. It's very similar to theWord Bible Software's feature. There are always way too many resources to fit. Folders are much more organized. Though I try to keep only those items that I will use either frequently (but not in such a way that they can stay open on screen) or that will be useful outside of a search or collection. Like the Apostolic Church Fathers. It should be included in my Church Fathers Collection to be used in searches, but there will be times when I want to pull it up separately and check a reading to see what word someone used. The Reverse Interlinear is a great benefit. I just wish it was for the entire 37 volumes. ;-)

Thanks for the tip on the folders.

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2021 8:21 AM

Tony Walker:
How do I delete an item once it is in a folder?

Here's the normal way. (A) click the folder name, then (B) right-click the item you wish to remove, then (C) delete the folder name in the properties box.

My thanks to the various MVPs. Without them Logos would have died early. They were the only real help available.

Faithlife Corp. owes the MVPs free resources for life.

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Scott David | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2021 9:35 AM

Steven Veach:
 This is a great feature. 

I agree Steven; I would have upgraded to Logos 9 for this reason alone. It's fantastic to see the entire name of each shortcut without taking up space on the toolbar. This is a game changer for sure.

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Annabel Robinson | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2021 12:48 PM

Can you put a commentary series in the toolbar? e.g. NICNT so that it opens to whatever book you are in?

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Steven Veach | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2021 1:40 PM

Hey Annabel,

It does not appear to be the case. I attempted this with the Pulpit Commentary which are individual volumes in Series. It in theory could work but doesn't. Technically, we should be able to put any one volume in the shortcut bar (it must be tied by a link to the bible you are using (i.e. link A). When clicking on the shortcut it opens to whatever book you used (say 1 Timothy). But because it was linked to A it would a second later switch to whatever verse you had in the bible that was linked to A.

Unfortunately, the shortcut in the bar does not retain memory of being linked to A. So when you close out the commentary and launch it again from the bar, it has no link to A and will not auto update.

This could be different with other commentaries. I do not have the NICNT to test. But I would doubt it would work.

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Scott David | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 9 2021 6:37 AM

That's a great question Annabel; I saw a few other threads on this -- and one suggestion I saw was to:
1) Put a shortcut to a single volume commentary (upon opening it goes to the correct pericope)

2) After opening, use the parallel resource button to switch to the multi-volume commentary:

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Rod Groom | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 26 2021 7:04 AM

Tony, I have a link on shortcuts bar that I cannot get rid of and also one in a folder on the shortcuts bar. Cannot get rid of either one. Have you experienced or found any solutions?

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Scott David | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 26 2021 8:13 AM

That's indeed odd Rod. So when you follow Doc B's tutorial to delete the name of the shortcut - what are you left with? An icon with no name?

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Rod Groom | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 26 2021 9:14 AM

That is the problem. You can do this with any book, but not with a link. When you Ctrl Click, the drop-down menu may show for a split second, but then takes you to the linked website. You don't have time to delete it.

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Rod Groom | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 26 2021 9:15 AM

That's the problem. With a link, you may see a flash of the dropdown, but almost immediately the link activates and takes you to the website. Doc B.'s tutorial is good for the books, but not the links.

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