Need to keep your focus on your manuscript (and off your email, social media, and pop-up reminders to put on clothes)? Scrivener has a tool for that. It’s called Full Screen mode in Windows and Composition mode on the Mac.
I call it my Den of Zen, and it’s where I do most of my work. Nothing but my page of text and the background of my choice.
Entering Full Screen/Composition Mode
When you’re ready to block out everything and write, don a pair of noise-canceling headphones, hide your phone, and enter Full Screen/Composition mode (hereafter called FS/C for short).
- Mac: Go to View—>Enter Composition Mode.
- Windows: Go to View—>Enter Full Screen.
Or, click the appropriate button on the toolbar.
By default, FS/C looks like this. Plain, but effective.
Making Changes with the Control Strip
Text too small? Paper too wide? When you first enter FS/C, or any time you point your mouse to the bottom of the screen, the control strip pops up.
It contains options for changing the text zoom, paper position, paper width, and background fade. It also displays the word and character count for the document(s) being viewed.
NOTE: Changes made here only affect the current project.
Changing the Background Color or Image for All Projects
Project-specific settings can be changed from the control strip, but global settings are available in the Scrivener Preferences/ Options menu.
1. Mac users go to Scrivener—>Preferences. Windows users go to Tools—>Options.
2. Choose Compose (Mac) or Appearance (Windows).
3. Mac users go to Customizable Colors at the bottom, and select Background. Windows users go to the Colors section, click the triangle next to Full Screen, then select Background.
4. To change the color, click the colored square and choose a new color.
Selecting a Background Image for a Single Project
Rather than color, I often opt to use a background image. Sometimes it’s just a picture that puts me in the mood to write, like a calming ocean scene, and sometimes it’s an image that keeps me in the setting of my story. For example, my book Blind Ambition was set largely on a fictional Caribbean island, so I used a photo from St. Lucia to keep me in a tropical frame of mind. [Read more…]