Copy Highlighted Text to a Word Document

A very common question I’m asked is exemplified in this recent email inquiry from a Logos user:

Is there a way to copy and paste the biblical text into a Word document and maintain the highlights I’ve added?

Excellent question! The short answer is this: some highlights easily copy / paste while others do not.

For example:

  • Open any Bible to any location
  • Choose Tools | Highlighting
  • Select some text in the Bible (A)
  • Expand the Solid Colors palette (B)
  • Select the Green Foreground style (C)

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  • Notice the selected text in the Bible turns green (D)

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  • Copy / Paste the green highlighted text into a Word document
  • Notice the green highlighted text is maintained in the Word document (E)

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  • Select some additional text in the Bible (F)
  • Expand the Highlighter Pens palette (G)
  • Select the Green Highlighter style (H)

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  • Notice the selected text in the Bible is highlighted in green (I)

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  • Copy / Paste the green highlighted text into a Word document
  • Notice the green highlighted text is NOT maintained in the Word document (J)

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What’s the difference in the above two scenarios?

Simply put, in the first example, we changed the character formatting on the text itself (turned it green). In the second, we basically added an “image” (green natural highlighter) to the text. Character formatting carries over in the copy / paste process, images do not.

So if you need Logos highlights in a Word document, use the Logos provided styles which emphasize character formatting.

When you create your own styles, focus on the style editor sections, Font Styling (K) and Insert Text (L), which emphasize character formatting including:

  • Font
  • Font size
  • Text color
  • Bold
  • Italics
  • Small Caps
  • Large Caps
  • Superscript
  • Subscript
  • Inserted text before or after the resource text

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All of the above characteristics are maintained as you copy/paste highlighted resource text from Logos to a Word document.

For more detailed instructions on creating your own Highlighting styles please check out the Logos 6 Training Manual Volume 2 which is a part of the New Logos 6 Training Manual Bundle.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos, including events in Louisville, KYDallas, TX, and St. Louis, MO.

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