Monthly Archives: January 2018

Paste and Match Style

Last Thursday, after I finished writing some copy for a client, I exported my Scrivener document as .docx to Word, resulting, much to my chagrin, with the text running off the page. I figured that to preserve the formatting I need to export it as .rtf.  The text opened in Nisus Writer Pro and it still seemed off. Why?

After several exporting attempts, going to Preferences, figure out my settings, fiddling, and setting everything back to default, I re-exported the document for both rtf and docx, and I still experienced the same snafu.

I went to the Scrivener User’s community and told them what had occurred, and after much back and forth answering questions by a member, I finally figured out the issue: I had copied a marketing letter from an AWeber email and pasted it into my Scrivener project so I could work on a follow-up version. What I hadn’t realized was I copied the text from hidden text blocks.

To avoid pulling your hair out of your head as I did, there’s a simple solution: Paste and Match Style. Simply copy the text you want in Scrivener, go to Edit->Paste and Match Style and voila! To be honest, this was a reminder for me, I’ve used it in the past in Word, but never in Scrivener. When you use Paste and Match Style what happens is that you lose all the formatting from the original source and when you paste it, the application picks up the formatting characteristics (font, spacing, margins, etc) from its destination—in this case, my Scrivener project.

That’s the easy solution, but I had to know why it was happening and if there was another way to fix it. Because it was a text block, Word was translating it as a giant cell.

You’ll see that a small square with an arrowed plus sign indicates it’s a cell (a text block in this case). To fix the run-off, go to the Tables->Tables Layout tab, click on Autofit->Autofit to Contents. But it’s still a giant cell and it will continue to cause formatting issues. To convert that into text, go to the menubar select Table->Convert->Table to Text. And now you’re done.

However, to avoid all of these steps simply use Paste and Match Style and use it liberally whether it’s text from the internet, a word document, an email, or a PDF file. You’ll avoid wasting time on formatting and save yourself from having a bald spot.

On Track with Scrivener 3’s Corkboard

When I first read about the changes to the corkboard, I was very excited. It was this feature that first grabbed my attention when I first learned about Scrivener.

Now that I’ve been fooling with it, I really don’t know if I’ll be using the “Arrange by Label” Why? It really has to do with the size of my screen, and I think for something of this nature having a real corkboard or whiteboard works best–at least for me–ut you be the judge and see how well it works for you.

For this tutorial, I’m using the never-ending WIP as an example so you can see some of the changes.

First, pins and the corner colors are no longer a feature. A nice colored edge indicates the label color. I use point-of -view. To show the color go to View->Corkboard Options->Show Label Colors Along Edges. See how pretty it looks.

If you want to make changes to the Corkboard go to Scrivener->Preferences->Appearance and in the left panel select Corkboard.

Here you’ll be able to make the changes you want. If you want to change the index cards, select Index Cards. You’ll have the same tabs. If you want to change the theme of the index card, you’ll be able to choose from Standard, Lined, Plain, Rounded, and Rounded and Lined. You can also change the font of the title and the text, as well as change the color of the card.

If I want to see how my POV chapters look by “Arrange by Label”, I click on the icon that looks like two tracks with cards on it that’s found on at the corkboard’s footer on the right-hand side. Once selected, it turns blue when it’s activated.

At this early point of the story, I can see each chapter with the POVs of the major characters. A few things to note: In label, I went and deleted everything that wasn’t a point of view and rearranged te the order of POVs so I could see them closer together. Otherwise, I had other colored tracks that fell between each POV and I couldn’t see where each perspective lands on the tracks and where in the story that POV appears again.

If I want to change the tracks to a column view, just toggle the button to the left of the track icon.

There are some neat tricks of moving cards to different tracks and how that changes the label properties. For instance, if I have a track that has the label Completed and the color is fuschia, my card’s colored edge changes to that color once I move it to that track

At this point, I don’t see myself using this layout in the Corkboard. It just might have to do with the size of my monitor, but I’ll be curious to see how other Scrivener aficionados use it and learn from them.