I just purchased Scrivener yesterday and am trying to get it figured out. After importing my manuscript, I cut and pasted it, separating it into the 23 chapters that are linked under "Manuscript" in the binder.

For some reason, when I go to Project: Project Statistics it shows only 158 words. My entire manuscript is roughly 97,000. I think it's only calculating statistics on the title page?

I don't know if I did something wrong when splitting it into chapters? Or if I should've copied to paste it into the separate breaks instead of cut?

Can someone please help me understand how to fix this?

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    Make sure all the folders that contain the text are descendants of the main project folder.
    – Robusto
    Oct 3, 2012 at 17:11

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You probably need to check the Include in Compile checkbox in the Notes Inspector (View → Inspect → Notes; ⌃⌥⌘H)

Section 21.3 in the manual is about goals and statistics tracking by the way.

  • This was my problem. I used this answer, and it was absolutely what had happened to my word count.
    – user8157
    Mar 7, 2014 at 15:24

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