There’s a treasure trove of helpful features hiding in Scrivener’s menus and settings. Below is a roundup of some of these easily overlooked, but highly useful—or just plain fun—tools and tricks that’ll make you feel like an expert.
Think you’re stuck with little pieces of paper and folders to represent your documents and folders? Not so. Quickly change the icon of any file to denote its contents, status, or whatever you want.
Select the file you want to choose a new icon for and go to Documents>Change Icon.
Group Documents Into a Folder
When you want to put several documents into a folder that doesn’t yet exist, Scrivener can do that with a single command.
Simply select the desired documents in the Binder and go to Documents>New Folder from Selection (Mac) or Documents>Group (Windows).
Convert a Document to a Folder or Vice Versa
To change a folder into a document, select the folder and go to Documents>Convert>to File (Mac) or Documents>Convert>Convert to File (Windows).
To switch a document to a folder, select the document and choose Documents>Convert>to Folder (Mac) or Documents>Convert>Convert to Folder (Windows).
View the Text of a Folder
The difference between a folder and a text document is rather loose in Scrivener. A folder can have text of its own (i.e., not in a subdocument), much like you can write on a manila folder in real life. This can be useful for epigraphs, datelines, and images that come at the start of a chapter or part.
To view the text area of a folder, select the folder, click the View menu, and deselect whichever of the three group view modes has a checkmark (Scrivenings, Corkboard, or Outliner). This puts the folder in single document view.
NOTE: For each project, Scrivener remembers the last-used group view, so until you select a different option, Scrivener will display all folders in single document view.
Show Hidden/Nonprinting Characters
To see paragraph returns, spaces, tabs and other non-printing characters, go to View>Text Editing>Show Invisibles (Mac) or Format>Options>Show Invisibles (Windows). To turn them off, repeat the steps but choose Hide Invisibles.
Strip Leading Tabs
Did you accidentally use tabs instead of indents to indent your paragraphs?* No worries!
Mac users can click in the text of a document and go to Edit>Text Tidying>Strip Leading Tabs. Be sure to check out the other handy options under this menu as well.
Until version 3 releases, Windows users will need to use Project Replace (Edit>Find>Project Replace) to remove tabs. To do so, press Ctrl+Tab to enter a tab character in the Replace text box. Leave the With box blank.
TIP: Project Replace also works to get rid of extra paragraph returns (replace two with one by using Ctrl+Enter to add the paragraph return character).
*Using tabs is undesirable because [Read more…]