Monthly Archives: June 2015

Looking at the Bigger Picture

[Note: This is a Windows for Scrivener Tutorial]

Hooray! Another just for Windows tutorial. What gems are you sharing with us today?

Let me preface this that Scrivener Mac users can benefit from this lesson as well. The only difference is  how Project Notes looks in both versions.

You mean that this isn’t a Windows-only feature?


Before you kvetch over features one version has, and the other hasn’t, let’s take a look at how you can create notes that are specific to the project.

Okay! Ready, set, go!

That’s the spirit….Okay…you know how much I love the Research section. My second favorite feature is all the options in the Inspector, especially the Document Support panel. With just the click on an icon at the Inspector’s footer, I can change the function. Today, we’ll take a look at Project Notes.

Um, I don’t see those. How come I don’t have them? I only see Document Notes. Do I have the right version? Do I need to uninstall and reinstall? Are you sure this isn’t a Mac-only version?

You just can’t help yourself, can you? There are two ways you can access Project Notes. The first one is simply going to the menu bar. Select Project=>Project Notes. A window will open. As you can see, I have a tab that’s labeled General Plot followed by what will be tabs for each of the characters’ arcs. To add a new tab just hit the plus sign to the extreme right. To delete a tab, click on the tab’s red X. A window will open, confirming whether you want to delete it. To rename a note, just double-click on the tab and a window will open, allowing you to rename it.Hit OKAY when you’re done.

Project Notes Image

The second method to reach Project notes is through the Inspector. If the pane is showing another function, just click on the notepad icon to switch over to Document Notes. Via the up and down arrows, you can toggle them to get to Project Notes.

Project Notes Inspector

Just select which Project Notes you want to work with and the selected tab in the Inspector’s Project Notes Pane will appear.

Project Notes Inspector pane.

If you select Manage Project Notes from the drop-down menu, a window will open with all your Project Notes tabs.

Can I drag and drop images into Project notes?

Yes, and you can change the font, color, and even add a different background.

Neat! What about printing them out?

That’s not an option offered. If you want to print your project notes, you’ll need to copy and paste them into a text file and compile it.

And there you have it. Now get writing!



I Feel Pretty

[This is a tutorial for the Windows version of Scrivener]

I have no issue with Scrivener’s default appearance, but I’ve heard from many folks that Scrivener’s stark white background is a bit hard on the eyes. Today I’ll show you how to change the background to the Binder, Editor, and in the Inspector plus few other tidbits. By the time I’m done, you’ll see a rainbow and maybe even a pot of gold.

The default colors of your Binder and Editor and Inspector appear this way:

Work Environment

To change the Binder’s background to a different color follow these steps:
2. When the window opens, select the “Appearance” tab.
3. In the section that says Colors, click on General and select Binder Background.
4. To the right, you’ll see the box with the default color. Click on that and a color swatch window will open.
5. Select the color you like. Hit Apply and OK.

Green binder

Note: Scrivener’s window background changes because I have wallpaper that keeps changing. I’m not doing anything on my part to confuse you.

Now I want to change the editor. Same steps as above, but this time select Editor=>Page. Select the color you want. Hit OK and then hit Apply and OK.

Editor Background

On the Scrivener Mac version, my Document Notes are a legal pad yellow, and I like that, so I want to change that as well. Back I go back to Tools=>Options=>Appearance and select Document Notes Background. I follow the same steps as above and choose the shade of yellow I like.

Doc Notes

I want the font in the Binder to pop, and I admit I like Comic Sans (I have no idea why that has such a bad rep). I also want it to be bold. To do this = follow the same steps as above, but this time go to Fonts=>General=>Binder. A window will open and just select the font you like.


Is it possible to change the Menu bar’s and submenu’s font and size? Yes! Again, follow the same steps as above, but this time select Menus and Windows. Make your selection, and hit OK, and Apply and OK. Here’s what mine looks like after I made the changes:

Overall Fonts

We’ve covered colors and fonts, but what if we want to change the folders and files to something a little more eye-catching?
To change the icon follow these steps:
1. Click the Actions menu at the footer of the Binder (it’s the gear wheel)
2. Select Change Icon.
3. Make your selection.

Icon change

I chose the blue notebook:

Blue notebook

If you decide that Scrivener looks too much like a painted harlot, you can always hit default where you made all your changes.

And, finally my Scrivener leprechauns, this shared wisdom is your pot of gold.