Questions tagged [scrivener]

Scrivener is a word-processing program and outliner designed for authors. Use this tag if you have questions about the use of this software.

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Is Scrivener involved in the editorial process, or is it strictly a writer's development tool?

Is there any reason that an editor should know how to use Scrivener? I generally see manuscripts after they're out of draft but before proofreading. (I'm an editor.) However, I see a lot of talk ...
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Is there a free online alternative to Scrivener?

I currently use Google Drive/Docs to pen all of my novels and short stories, but really feel that I could do with a management suite of sorts, such as Scrivener. However, as Scrivener costs actual ...
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How to share research and character notes between multiple works in Scrivener?

My previous workflow was "write in LaTeX, using emacs", with research and character notes kept in plain-text files, using symlinks between multiple works set in the same fictional world. This allowed ...
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Scrivener customising the header and footer

To my understanding you can only edit the header and footer through the compile settings. Here we can customise using tokens:- <$compilegroup> <$projecttitle> <$abbr_projecttitle> ...
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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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How to work with in-text markup for figures and captions in Scrivener?

I like the writing tool Scrivener because of the organisation tools like the corkboard and the no-frills full screen mode. I'm starting out my thesis using the Windows trial and intending to buy if I ...
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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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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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How should I format a non fiction book with Scrivener?

I have written mainly novels in Scrivener, and am now thinking of writing a small non-fiction work (which I will self publish). When writing a novel, you just keep typing til you reach the end, but ...
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Scrivener capitalization issues

I have a Scrivener formatting question. Using Scrivener (on Mac), I'm trying to put a poem into a page of a novel. Scrivener keeps capitalizing the first word of the next line even though the previous ...
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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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Including text file name in footer of compiled Scrivener document?

I'm working on a short story collection using scrivener. Each story is one text file in the scrivener document. I'd like to include the story name in the footer, next to the page number. Is that ...
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Scrivener project statistics is showing an incorrect word count

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 ...
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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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External folders in scrivener?

I have a couple of folders with artwork, maps etc. I would like to include this folders to my scrivener project but I don't know how. The furthest I've got is to drag files from folder to Scrivener ...
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Including Scrivener custom metatag in footer?

I asked a question here that I need some more details for. I'm trying to compile I bunch of text files, and I want the names of those files in the footer. Like the answerer suggested, I added a ...
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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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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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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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Switching to fiction software

OK, I admit to dinosaur-era technology. My first computer was the Radio Shack Color Computer 2 with a tape deck for memory storage (seriously). Websites were in DOS (let's just say you were lucky to ...
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Scrivener: Editing the source files

I'm away from the house but I have my .scriv file on cloud storage. My question is, can I get to a particular chapter in my story and make some quick edits? Will changing these files break the ...
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How do you keep up with all the ebook formats?

There are three main ebook formats that I'm aware of, which look like this: PDF (you have full control over layout) mobi (Amazon - fluid...not much control) epub (Nook, iBookstore...not much control) ...
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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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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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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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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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Can you do a “selective” word count in Scrivener?

When I use Scrivener I tend to have quite a deep hierarchy of documents. Often, I'll use a child document for notes that I will write up in its parent document. Currently, when I view by project in ...
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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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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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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 create a document with a table of contents in Scrivener on Windows?

I'm using Scrivener under Windows to write a text. How am I supposed to generate a document (Word, OpenOffice.org, LaTeX or something else) with a table of contents? I found some tutorials for doing ...
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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 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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Scrivener: marking multiple (non-adjacent) phrases in a manuscript with same footnote

How can I mark multiple different non-adjacent words and/or phrases with the same endnote marker and the same endnote text in Scrivener? For example: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I change my cursor size in scrivener?

I use Scrivener when I write, and I've imported what I've written so far from pages. The problem now is that the cursor size is huge now. How do I get the cursor back to regular size? It's rather ...
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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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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 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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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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Scrivener: Can I set spacing below the header?

Can I set it so that there is a certain amount of space between the text on each page and the header?
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Disable Auto-Enumeration on Export to tex in Scrivener

I use Scrivener to write almost anything and recently got into writing Tex for University submissions and papers. Recently I hit the problem that most Exercise Sheet for my University are numbered ...
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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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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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How to include photos in my Scrivener book?

I am creating a practical guide book with images. I am using Scrivener. I need to include images into the text, but I will then pass over my draft to a layout designer to layout out the project in ...
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How do I delete a scene in Scrivener?

I purchased Scrivener a few weeks ago. As I was messing around with it trying to get a hang of how to use it I accidentally added too many scenes in one chapter. How do I delete these scenes?