Open Multiple Factbook Panels

If you’re like I am, sometimes you’re tempted to quickly read familiar Bible stories without pausing to notice all of the details in the passage. Take for example the Christmas story in Luke 2. Look at all of the people, places, and things Dr. Luke mentions:

  • Caesar Augustus (v1)
  • Quirinius (v2)
  • Syria (v2)
  • Joseph (v4)
  • Galilee (v4)
  • Nazareth (v4)
  • Judea (v4)
  • City of David (v4)
  • Mary (v5)

And those are just the first 5 verses in the chapter!

The more we know about these topics, the more we’ll appreciate this historical narrative. To assist with insights for all of these subjects, Logos provides the Factbook which is a Bible dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac, search engine and more, all rolled into one! Hopefully you’ve already discovered the riches contained in this helpful feature.

This blog is not so much about the Factbook, as it is a power-user trick for opening multiple copies of it. You see, if you just use the Factbook without this trick, you’ll only have open one Factbook at a time. If, however, you apply this tip, you can simultaneously open as many copies as you want! You can open one Factbook to Bethlehem and another to manger and another to shepherds – all at the same time!

Here’s all you have to do:

  • Open a Bible containing the interlinear option such as the ESV, NKJV, LEB, or NASB
  • Navigate to a passage like Luke 2 (A)
  • Right click on a person, place, or thing like Quirinius in verse 2 (B)
  • Select from the right side of the Context menu that specific person, place or thing (C)
  • Select from the left side of the Context menu Factbook (D)

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  • Notice a Factbook panel opens to the topic on which  you right clicked (E)

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  • Right click on another person, place, or thing like Nazareth in verse 4 (F)
  • Select from the right side of the Context menu that specific person, place or thing (G)
  • Drag and drop (NOT click) Factbook from the left side of the Context menu to the desired placed on the desktop (H)

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  • Notice another copy of the Factbook opens! (I)

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If you just click Factbook on the Context menu, then the Factbook that is already open will jump to the new subject. If, however, you drag and drop Factbook from the menu, then you can open as many copies as you like!

You can also apply this trick to the Atlas which is also on the Context menu.

For a more in-depth look at the Factbook, as well as other Logos features, check out the Logos 6 Training Manual Volumes 1 & 2 Bundle.

6 thoughts on “Open Multiple Factbook Panels

  1. Morris, this seems like a great tip, however, when I follow the procedure that you listed, I am not able to drag the Factbook icon from the context menu. I am running Logos 6 on a MBP. Any ideas?

  2. The first selected opens up with no problem. I then navigate to the word “Nazareth” and click it opens up the menu. I move the the mouse pointer to the word “Factbook” I press the mouse and try to slide the “fact book” to the left- I can’t get it to move. I tried the left click and then tried the right, neither would allow me to move the “Facebook selection to the left below the first selection. I tried another page verse 49+ with “Jerusalem” and the word “teacher” Still could not “Factbook” to post below the first entry.

      1. Are you sure, Morris? I’m having the same issue as these three gentlemen, and I’ve never had an issue with Logos on my Mac.

        I have Logos 6 Platinum (GK) with Logos Now, and I cannot drag a second instance of the Factbook to anywhere on the desktop from the contextual menu.

        1. One thing I *did* notice was that I could click on the Resource Panel Menu, I have the option in the factbook to copy this panel to a new tab, then I can search for another entry in it.

  3. It seems that this feature is not working on the Mac platform right now. It is supposed to work on both PC and Mac, this may be a bug in the software. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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