Notes FAQ

The new Notes tool adds several important new features and significantly improves various aspects of the old system:

  1. Fully cross-platform across Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and the web

  2. Access to all your notes and highlights in a single database

  3. Faster and easier searching of your notes database

  4. Faceted browsing to instantly find all your notes by any combination of the following facets:

    • Type: Notes or Highlights

    • Resource

    • Bible book

    • Data Type: Bible, Philo, Josephus, Apostolic Fathers, etc.

    • Tags

    • Notebook

    • Anchor: text range, reference, workflow, no anchor

    • Modified date

    • Created date

  5. In-app sharing

  6. Read-only, auto-updating shared notebooks

  7. New rich text editing options

  8. Notes & Highlights filter in the resource sidebar to quickly find everywhere you’ve added a note or highlight in a resource

  9. Improved syncing

  10. Performance: faster syncing

  11. Scalability: built to handle millions of notes performantly


Upcoming Features

Some of the features from the old system are not yet present in the new system. We’re working to bring many of them to the new notes system, and we’d love your feedback on which you’d like to see first. We intend to work on the functionality below in roughly the following order. Your feedback can help us prioritize the most important features.

  1. Notebooks in the Docs panel

  2. Sorting notes by reference

  3. Integration of notebooks in the Your Documents search section in Everything search

  4. Integration of notebooks in the My Content section of Guides

  5. Highlight search extension searches

  6. Labels

  7. Quotes view (currently supported for single resources in Notes & Highlights resource sidebar)

  8. Compact (i.e., one line) view (which will enable a comparable Split view)

  9. Full view

  10. Corresponding Notes & Highlights visual filter

  11. Send to sermon document

  12. Export to/save as word list/passage list?

  13. Previous/Next Annotation in the Locator Bar

  14. Remember your icon, color, and style preferences

  15. Guide notes

  16. Bible reference anchored notes on mobile

  17. CTRL+F  on the desktop to find in Notes

  18. Search hit highlighting


Deprecated features

We’ve dropped these features and don’t currently plan to implement them in the new system. 

  1. Note titles

  2. Nesting/indenting notes

  3. Wikipedia panel note anchors

  4. RTL/LTR editor control

  5. Spellcheck language setting


Known issues

  1. Cmd+I for italics on Mac desktop

  2. Cmd+left/right arrow on Mac desktop



How do I get the new Notes tool?

We’ve already done the work to make all your notes and highlights work seamlessly in the new system. When you upgrade to Verbum 8, all your notes and highlights will be ready to use in the new system on all platforms.


Where can I find the new Notes tool, and how do I get started using it?

After you’ve upgrade to Verbum 8, you’ll be able to find the new Notes tool in the Tools menu of the Verbum desktop app and the Verbum web app. You can also take new notes and highlights by right-clicking in the Context menu in Resources or by using the Highlighting tool (desktop only). In the mobile app, you’ll find the new Notes tool in the main app menu, in the Tools tab of the New Tab menu, and in the Actions menu and Selection menu in Resources.


I upgraded to Verbum 8, so why don’t I see the new Notes tool on mobile? 

Depending on how many licenses you have, it may take a couple of minutes before the mobile app discovers your license and shows the new Notes tool. If you don’t see it after a couple of minutes, try restarting the app.


How is the new Notes tool different from the old one?

The main difference in the new Notes tool is that all your notes are in a single database. You can view them all as a list, or filter down to only highlights, or a single book of the Bible, or all notes taken in a certain resource. You can also organize and share your notes in Notebooks.


Where are my note documents?

Your note documents from the old system have all migrated to the new note system as notebooks with the same name. Think of them as folders for your notes. You can find them in the left sidebar under the Notebooks tab.


What should I use notebooks for?

Notebooks in the new note system are analogous to note documents (previously called note files in Verbum 4 and earlier) in the old system. In the old system, every note or highlight was in a note document. In the new system, it’s possible for notes and highlights not to be in any notebook.


How can I share my notes?

In the new Notes tool, sharing a Notebook will share all the notes it contains. You can share a notebook on the Notebooks tab. You can also find and get read-only access to other users’ shared notebooks in the Docs menu.


Can I access all of my notes and highlights on my PC, Mac, Chromebook, iPad/iPhone, or Android device?

Yes. The new note system was built to work seamlessly across all your devices. After you’ve upgraded to Verbum 8, all your notes and highlights will sync across all your devices as long as you’re connected to the internet.


Can I access my notes and highlights offline? 

The new Notes tool on desktop and mobile supports offline access. While you’ll need to be online to sync your notes and highlights with your other devices, you’ll be able to create, edit, manage, and delete notes and highlights while offline.


Can I try the new note system before upgrading to Logos 8?

All of your notes are available right now on the Verbum web app. Go try it out for free, and see how you can browse your notes with the new facet system. (Just remember, any new notes or edits you create on the web app won’t sync back to your desktop until you upgrade to Verbum 8.)


How do I use my labels or make new ones?

Labels are not currently supported in the new note system. We hope to add support for them in the near future. In the meantime, you can use them by switching back to the old note system. It’s easy to toggle between the old system and the new system. Learn how in this help article.


Can I still use the old notes system? 

You might still be using an older version of Verbum (either on your desktop computer or mobile device) and taking notes and highlights in the old system. That’s okay; your notes will continually migrate forward to the new system so that when you are ready to switch to Verbum 8, your notes will be ready for you.


Will notes and highlights taken in the new system show up in the old system? 

No. The continuous migration service is one way—from the old system to the new system. Changes made in the new system will not be reflected in the old system.


What if I’m using the new Notes tool on one device and notes documents on another device?

We recommend you update to the latest version of Verbum on all your computers and mobile devices to avoid potential conflicts from old notes and new notes. How do I switch back to the old notes system?


How do I switch back to the old notes system? 

We are working hard to add all the functionality of our old notes system to the new Notes tool. If you need to switch back to note documents to use a particular feature, like Labels, learn how in this help article. As above, please note that using both note systems at the same carries some small risks of collision.


I still have questions. Where do I get help?

Call or email customer Service: or 800-875-6467

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