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Tagging dialogue lines with character names using hotkeys

Is there a program/tool that can use to deal with boilerplate such as indicating who is speaking in my text on the go with hotkeys? What I'm imagining is, for example, when writing a back-and-forth ...
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Scrivener page numbering and prologue roman numerals

I have a prologue and table of contents in a common front matter folder in my manuscript folder. My chapters appear after this folder. I want to number my prologue with roman numerals, then have the ...
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How do I tell Scrivener table of contents to use chapter names and not numbers?

I'm exporting for paperback 6"9" and the table of contents doesn't use my chapter names, it uses chapter one, chapter two, etc. How do I make it use my chapter names instead?
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Why is Scrivener using the "First pages" setting for the entire manuscript?

I have a 'project format' template I've been using for a long time that shows a different header for the Front Matter, then starts the manuscript at Chapter 1 with the project title/page 1 etc in the ...
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How do I prevent forced capitalization after a period in Scrivener?

Scrivener forces a capitalization after a period when used in initials when possessive such as J.D.’S coat. It should be J.D.’s coat. How do I change it?
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How to set up page view in Scrivener?

I'm editing a screenplay in Scrivener and would feel more comfortable if It was in page view, but it isn't. The obvious solution is to go into "File" - "Page Set-up" - "A4&...
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Are there any Scrivener hotkeys for screenplay formatting?

Perhaps we can start on the same page: Scrivener is super, super, super crummy. Unfortunately for me, I've imported a complete screenplay that was a Word document into Scrivener, and now I need to ...
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What's the best way to visually sort data about characters?

I have a couple of characters that I want to group together on multiple pages. Each could be about different information. Another example would be, with 1 page for each period of time. Year 1: Alive:...
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Scrivener, footnotes are missing/misformated when compiling to PDF (Windows 3; V3.0)

I'm creating a novel in Scrivener 3.0 that makes heavy use of footnotes. In recent compile tests on a chapter, I'm finding that on one page the footnotes are being displayed laid on top of the text at ...
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OneDrive keeps moving my Scrivener project to the Recycling Bin

My Scrivener is linked to my OneDrive and recently, I've been experiencing an annoying issue. Every time I close my Scrivener project on Windows, I receive a notification from OneDrive saying the file ...
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Project statistics seem to be "stuck" in Scrivener

Recently, every time I run project statistics it shows the same word count, regardless of how much new content I've written. It's been stuck on 109,015 words for my last three writing sessions. I ...
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Scrivener challenge with page numbers

I am having a challenge with getting page numbering to work in Scrivener (Windows). I have set Page Header/Footer checked for "Not on page 1", unchecked on "Count page 1". Here is my problem. I have ...
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Word count for The whole project on scrivener.?

I know I can see the word count for each chapter at the bottom on my scrivener page but I cannot seem to find where I can keep track of the word count for the whole book i am working on. Can someone ...
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How do I fill these fields in using Scrivener? Is there some document properties to fill out?

How do I fill in these notatable fields?
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Text Appearing Between the Lines in Scrivener

I have been editing scrivener across devices, and when I edit text across multiple devices, the text appears midway between the lines. I can find no way to prevent this from happening in the first ...
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In the Windows version of Scrivener for Screenplay formatting, how do format for action/dialogue/shot?

There is a way to automatically change the indices to respect whether it is a line of dialogue or a description of the setting, but I can't find a way to bring the menu up consistently when hitting "...
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Autocapitalize after colon for dialog?

I write my dialog in this format: Joe: Why are you wearing a shoe on your head? Sam: Mind your own damn business! What's annoying here is that it doesn't automatically capitalize the word following ...
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Autocapitalize/correct two connected words?

Let's say I have a character in my story simply called "Slime Monster". With every instance of these two words, I want both words to be capitalized and to be corrected as a pair, so if I mistype it to ...
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Scrivener: use chapter and/or page numbers in hyperlinks

Since I'm writing a paperback, not an e-book, I wonder if and how I can teach Scrivener to use chapter numbers and/or page numbers when I insert a hyperlink. As a non-fiction book, I have quite a few ...
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Where best to insert images using Scrivener for ebook/kindle etc

My father wrote a book in Word and I have edited/formatted it so it looks clean in PDF, but now I know that was a bad idea because when we put the book on Kindle all the formatting was lost and the ...
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Is it possible to use version 3 Scrivener documents in both Mac & Windows?

Does anyone use Scrivener cross OS? I just got my first MacBook and installed Scrivener, but then because it's a newer version (3) it wants to update the Scrivener files. Which would be fine, but I ...
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Show outline or table of content using presets in Scrivener?

Google Docs has this neat feature, where an outline is generated based on the text you've set to a specific style, such as title or heading: Word has a similar feature. Is there a way to generate an ...
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Show applied preset where the cursor is?

In Word, if the cursor is in a part of the text that has some style applied to it, such as Title, the format will be highlighted in the ribbon to let you know: Scrivener, however, is lazy, and doesn'...
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How to Paste as Plain Text in Scrivener on Windows?

I did an install of Scrivener Version: 1.9.9.0 - 03 Oct 2018 on a Windows 10 computer. In the paste, I know I used to be able to copy formatted text from any source and paste it as plain text into ...
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Scrivener for windows, adding a website with special characters to research?

I think I'm asking this correctly, but I'm trying to add a website to my research https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A1rm%C3%A1n_line (the ACTUAL website is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kármán_line ,...
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How to get alternating page headers in Scrivener? [duplicate]

Can anyone please help me with a small issue that I am facing right now with the headers in my Scrivener project. I am trying to add alternate headers to my project - Every even page to have the name ...
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How do I insert programming code snippets within Scrivener?

I'm trying out Scrivener, as I intend to write some technical material. I'm a Software Developer and what I intend to write is programming related. I still wasn't able to figure out how can I insert ...
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Scrivener 3 capitalization issue with dialogue tags

I just a typed this piece of diaglogue in Scrivener 3.0.2 (1504) “Certainly.”, she replied cheerfully and vanished. Scrivener is auto-correcting/auto-captializing (not sure which) 'She' as shown ...
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How do you stop capitalizing the first two letters on Scrivener?

In Word it's quite easy to stop the CApitalization OF THe FIrst TWo LEtters, but I cannot figure out how to do it on Scrivener. How would I auto-correct this error?
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Compile manuscript with image references on own page after first reference?

I'm working on a manuscript and to submit it, my editor wants any figures on their own page immediately following the page in the text where they are first referenced. And if there are e.g. 3 figure ...
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How to turn off justification when outputting a PDF in Scrivener?

There's no justification set in my document, and in Edit Compile Format I've turned off justification in body text and all other styles. Yet the PDF continues to output with justification. How can I ...
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On Scrivener, Hitting Return Key is Causing Double-Space when it shouldn't

At the end of a paragraph I hit return ONCE. (I check to make sure, using format - show invisibles, and yes, there is one return.) Yet, even though I my entire document is single spaced, Scrivener ...
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As a ghostwriter, can I edit my author's Scrivener file?

Has anyone had experience editing someone's private Scrivener files from offsite? Or, can you conceptualize what I'm asking here and see a solution from your experience with the scrivener tool? Thank ...
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Scrivener changes my font size

I use Scrivener, and sometimes when I highlight a line or even just click the cursor, the font shrinks to tiny. When I check the font size on the computer, it hasn't changed (still size 12), but ...
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Change standard behaviour of pasted text?

Word 365 has a useful option, which allows you to change the standard behaviour of pasting text, meaning you can set the pasting mode to "Text Only" by default: I have lots of notes on Google Keep, ...
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How do I number chapter pages in scrivener?

I do not want numbered lists, I want to number each page of my text. How do I achieve this?
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How do I change a scene into a chapter in Scrivener?

When I started using Scrivener a few weeks ago, I added chapters as scenes by mistake. Now I want to make them separate chapters. How do I do it?
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Scrivener: Play gifs?

So I have a bunch of gifs saved in my Research folder, but unfortunately, when I click on them, they don't play - I have to open them in an external editor to view them. Is there a way to make them ...
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How can I set top and bottom margins to ZERO in Scrivenings mode between documents?

Is it possible to set top and bottom margins to ZERO in Scrivenings mode so that I do not have big spaces between documents? Thanks!
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Reset page numbers in Scrivener

In Scrivener, is there any way to get the page numbers to start only at the beginning of the manuscript? I have my formatting so that they don't display in the front matter, but when the page number ...
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Scrivener: link files to different folders?

Lets say you had two folders in your Research folder and you want a file to be "shared" or linked between folders: the file appears in both folders, but editing one file also changes the other file, ...
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Scrivener: Write character names once, update everywhere?

I have a bit of an issue coming up with good names for my characters. So what I usually do is give each character an abbreviation or some sort of nickname as a placeholder while I'm writing my story. ...
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Change Font in Scrivener

How can I change the font in Scrivener's interface? I don't care for the current one and I would like to change it to Times New Roman.
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How to add multiple carriage returns between documents in Scrivener?

When compiling, i'm given 4 options for text separators, in the "separators" tab. What I want to do, is have 2 carriage returns, a line with 4 asterisks, then 2 carriage returns, between each text ...
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Does anyone know a safe and reliable grammar add-on for Scrivener?

I was finally able to change from US English spelling to Canadian spelling, but my biggest problem is with grammar. I have tried to enable a grammar tool, but can't find one I trust. It would be ...
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How to zoom text in Scrivenings mode without changing the actual font?

I'm using Scrivener for Windows (latest version). I set out to read my entire novel in Scrivenings mode. However, the text is a bit small for easy reading. I see a Zoom toolbar at the bottom of the ...
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Table of contents to include sub heading in Scrivener for Windows for Kindle format

I can create a clickable TOC for my chapter headings in the Windows version of Scrivener. But what I want is to be able to include the sub headings in the clickable TOC for Kindle. I have tried ...
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Kindle NCX with Chapter Header images

For my book in Scrivener, I have custom images as each chapter heading instead of just "Chapter 1", which works well. However, that means the Scrivener generated Table of Contents doesn't work for me (...
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ToC formating impossible with Scrivener

I want to create a table of contents in Scrivener 2.7 on Mac OS X. I know there is an "Edit > Copy Special > Copy Documents as ToC" command that allows you to paste a static list of links to the ...
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What is the Difference Between yWriter5 and Scrivener?

I see that a lot of people like Scrivener better than yWriter. I know Scrivener is better, but my dad refuses to buy it, and I don't have a credit card. So, what does make Scrivener better than ...
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