Imagine having everything you need for your current manuscript stored in one place, easily accessible, organized, searchable, and—if you work on a laptop—fully mobile. With Scrivener, you can!
Scrivener lets you keep not only your writing, but also your notes, images, research, web pages, and other supporting materials right inside your project. You can even bring in work from another word processor, so you don’t have to finish your manuscript to start writing in Scrivener.
When you import a file, it appears in the Binder. The Binder is the left-hand sidebar that shows you every folder and file housed within your project, and allows you to add, view, move, rename, delete, or copy them. I like to think of it as a virtual filing cabinet where I can store and organize everything associated with a project.
The Draft folder (also called Manuscript, Screenplay, or something else depending on which template you chose when you created the project) can only hold text documents. Image files, PDFs, web pages, and other non-text type files must be stored somewhere outside of the Draft folder (e.g. the Research folder, or a folder you create).
TIP: Don’t store things in the Trash folder. ;-) That’s where Scrivener sends files when you delete them (to give you a chance to change your mind).
Okay, ready? Here’s how to import anything into your project.
Importing a File
Want to import a document, image, PDF, spreadsheet, or presentation? This procedure works for anything except a web page.
1. In the Binder, select the folder where you want to store the imported file. (Or you may click in the blank area at the bottom of the Binder to import the file to the root level, i.e. same hierarchy level as the Draft, Research, and Trash folders.)
2. Go to File—>Import—>Files.
Alternatively, you may right-click the folder (Control+click on a Mac) and choose Add—>Existing Files.
3. Select the desired file(s).
4. Click Import. You may get a warning about converting the file to RTF format. Click Import again.
The imported file now shows up under the selected folder.
To edit or view the file, select it in the Binder. The file contents appear in the Editor (page of text in the center).
Importing a Web Page