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Specifying how your material will be formatted on output - the formatting controls - is achieved via Compile and, in the previous post, we examined all the panes apart from the first: Section Layouts. Brace yourselves! Deciding your requirements Before you select File / Compile, you need to have made a few decisions. What output route do I want? What do I want to output? What section layouts will I assign to...

achieved Formatting via Compile - the final frontier I explained in this blog post how formatting can be controlled at three levels. For all projects For this project For this document However, this formatting effort simply determines how your text looks in the Editing pane. What's more important is how your material will be formatted on output. That's achieved by formatting via Compile - for which you need your section types, your...

Scrivener provides a palette of section layouts Scrivener provides a palette of section layouts, so you have an array of formatting possibilities at your fingertips. Once you have set up your sections types (or accepted Scrivener's default settings) as per the previous post, then it's time to assign a section layout to each section type. From File / Compile, depending on the project format you chose when you first set up your project,...

Section types glue the Binder to section layouts I already published a blog post which explains the role of section types so why am I revisiting this topic? In this post, I go further: to explain how section types provide the link between the Binder (which you have nailed as per this blog post!) and the section layouts (which are the topic of the next post in this series). Section types provide the...

New page? Chapter title? Number? You decide!  If you have followed the advice I gave in the previous post, your Binder text will comprise titles for your folders and documents. And the text of your manuscript (minus any headings) will be visible in the Editing pane. If you feel happier seeing those titles in the Editing pane, select View / Text Editing / Show Titles in Scrivenings. There is also an options to...

The backbone of your project The Binder serves so many purposes, it's important to nail it. Include what you need. Leave out what you don't. Create a structure that makes sense for whatever you are publishing. The aim is always for clarity. Headings versus text Text can be separated into two types: headings; and the text which appears under those headings. In a novel, it's chapter titles that form the headings, and the scenes...

Why, why, why? I've been blogging about Scrivener since September 2015 and every post since then - all 300+ of them - has explained how to do something. This series of posts explains why, and introduces the concept of the Scrivener mindset. What is the Scrivener mindset? To get the best from Scrivener, writers need to embrace it for what it is. A tool to take you from blank page to published book ...

Hooray! Literature & Latte released Scrivener 3 for Windows just over a month ago on 20 March 2021. PC users have been waiting for what seems like forever, and some have been brave enough to use the beta versions. Now, whatever version of Scrivener you've been using, it's time to upgrade and embrace all that Scrivener 3 has to offer. In this blog, I've collated Windows support that is available from Literature &...

The formatting bar offers quick access … The many options that affect the appearance of your manuscript onscreen and on the page are controlled through the formatting bar. In this post, I’m focusing first on formatting onscreen. However, the same strategy works when you are setting up the format for your section types within Compile, and that's covered too within this blog post. The formatting bar onscreen Your formatting bar which appears above the...

The ruler rules. OK? In Scrivener, you'll see several rulers. In the Scrivener / Preferences / Editing pane, in the Formatting tab In the Project / Project Settings pane, in the Formatting tab At the top of the Editing pane (if it's not hidden!) Within Compile, in the Section layout tab, for each of the section layouts Symbols on the rulers The symbols on all rulers have the same meanings. They reveal the...