Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Month-Long Tutorial Starts January 12th

To kick off the year, I am offering a one month beginner’s Scrivener tutorial for Mac and Window’s versions starting January 12, 2015 through February 13, 2015. The cost of the class is $200.

Students will receive an email Monday through Friday with step-by-step instructions, screen-shots illustrating examples of how your workspace should look, and homework assignments. Reading through the material and completing the homework assignments should take no longer than 60 minutes.

I am available via email to answer questions and to trouble-shoot problems. For this session, I am currently accepting 20 students for this session. Registration for the class closes on January 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm EST. To register, please email me at

Custom Layouts

Wow! It’s been a long time since I posted. My excuse…lots of writing projects, and the Outlining in Scrivener course. I should add that in January I’ll be teaching a Scrivener for Windows course. More details to come in the next couple of weeks.

So…let’s go over Custom Layouts. I showed how you can customize the tool bar and workspace, but you can also customize the layout as well.

Here’s my standard layout: The Binder is open where I can see my folders in the draft section and the various folders in the research area. The Inspector is open as well. This is the way I normally like to work.

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.11.43 AM

One of the neat features that Scrivener has is the ability to recall exactly where you stopped typing. It also remembers your layout. So give this a try. Type a sentence or two, and place the cursor between the two sentence. Hide the Binder and the Inspector. Close the project, and reopen it. See? It’s exactly how you left it.

So let’s fiddle a bit with the layout. Scrivener provides you the option to change and save your layouts. You can create several layouts for different phases of the writing process.

To create a new layout for both Mac and the Windows version, first create the layout you want to save, followed by going to Window->Layouts->Manage Layouts (or in click the Layout Manager icon in the tool bar).  A window will open, and as you can see I’ve created a handful of layouts.

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 2.59.20 PM

To save a layout, create one that you use often for all your projects, and follow these steps:

1. Create layout

2. Go to Window->Layouts->Manage Layouts

3. Click on the plus (+) sign at the foot of the Layouts window. A field box will open. Name the layout. To use that layout, hit Use.

To delete the layout, select it and click on the minus sign (-). To modify the layout, make your changes, and in the Layouts manager, click on the gear wheel (actions menu) and select Update Selected Layout. Close the window and you’re done.