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Choosing your Writing Font (Scrivener with No Style) | ScrivenerVirgin

It’s simple if you know how

When you start a new Scrivener project for your latest novel, how long is it before you want to change the font?
How frustrated do you get when Scrivener wants to work in a different one from the font you prefer?
Problem solved!
When you open a new project, for the Novel template, in the Binder, there are two items set up for the Manuscript: a folder called Chapter and a text document called Scene.

Raring to go, you start typing in the Scene and find the text appears in Palatino.

Palatino | Scrivener with No Style: Choosing your writing font

What’s your preferred font?
Mine is Helvetica …
Helvetica | Scrivener with No Style: Choosing your writing font
There are hundreds to choose from, so … having chosen the one you like best … the next time you create a new document for a new scene, you’ll be frustrated to find Scrivener has reverted to Palatino.
Palatino again | Scrivener with No Style: Choosing your writing font
How can you stick to the font you prefer?
The solution is to set up whatever you want for this project and then to make your choice (clear to Scrivener!) within Project / Project Settings.
Project Settings | Scrivener with No Style: Choosing your writing font
Select the Formatting tab.
Formatting tab | Scrivener with No Style: Choosing your writing font
Check the box ‘Use different font …’, click on ‘Use Current’ and then OK.
Next time you add a new document for this project, it’ll be using the one you want.
New document | Scrivener with No Style: Choosing your writing font
What if you are half way through writing?
What about the documents still in the default font: Palatino?
  • Click on your Chapter folder in the Binder.
  • Select Scrivenings.

You’ll then see all your text in the Editing pane.

Mess of fonts | Scrivener with No Style: Choosing your writing font

Some text in Palatino; some is in Helvetica. What a mess?

  • Select All.
  • Change the font to Helvetica (or your choice).

Done … for your current project.

What if you want all your projects to have this as your default font?

I wouldn’t want to have a universal font for all my projects, because I use Scrivener for so many different types of material (novels, short stories, blog posts, marketing material) but if you do …

You can set up your preferences for all Scrivener projects, by going through a similar process as described above, via Scrivener / Preferences / Appearance.

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3 Comments
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    Tony Tkach

    20 February 2019 at 13:14

    This is only for the Mac version?

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    Dan Vance

    14 January 2019 at 13:12

    I love this!

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