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HNJacobs
HNJacobs

Hi, I'd like information on organizing binders. Seeing what they are. Combining. Deleting. Etc. I see "Find all binders in Spotlight." Is my only option? 


dianemoody
dianemoody

Question. While writing my novel in Scrivener, the program keeps popping up a screen that says "Project Backup" then shuts the whole program down after 15-20 seconds. This keeps happening (as in 10-15 times a day) and I have no idea why. Am I accidentally hitting some shortcut key that triggers this? I'll add a picture ... hopefully that helps. 

dianemoody
dianemoody

Yikes! Sorry that came in so BIG!!

dianemoody
dianemoody

Good to know.  Do you suggest keeping all of them turned off? 

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@dianemoody Play around with it and see what works best for you. I would definitely keep on Back up when closing the project.

gillycreamy
gillycreamy

@dianemoody  Hi Diane, this looks like you're running Scrivener for Windows, yes? Rebecca may correct me here but I think the default backup option for Scrivener is to backup on Project close. If this window is suddenly appearing and then the app is shutting down, it sounds like you're shutting down Scrivener by hitting the shortcut key to do that. Not easy though... I think in Windows (I run Mac) that's Alt-F4. Is there any way you could be accidentally pressing Alt-F4 as you type?  I'm forever accidentally invoking the dictation option when I'm typing, so it may be possible but F4 is high on the keyboard.


What's more likely is that you're accidentally pressing Alt-F then X. Alt-F will open the File menu and X will close the application. Obviously, Scrivener (with Backup on Project Close activated) kicks in a backup (as it should) and then the app closes.


The other option to consider is that File/Close may have been assigned a different shortcut through the keyboard options, though that's something that would have been done manually.


Scrivener does have a 'Backup Now' function but on the Mac version, there's no shortcut key assigned to this and even if there were, it wouldn't shut the application down afterward.


I'd say Alt-F then X is your most likely keyboard bloop. Good luck!

gillycreamy
gillycreamy

Are you having the same problem with Word? If so, it's likely you're pressing the same key combo. Alt-F for File, X to close. Apps tend to use the same shortcuts. But, to be sure, open Word, click the File menu, top left and see if next to Close, it says Alt-F. Shortcuts are usually displayed next to the menu option they activate.

Hope this all helps and saves you some frustration. Writing's hard enough, right? Happy writing!

Gilly

jtross00
jtross00

Is there a way to 'lock' Screenings mode so that it is permanently on? I like to separate my documents into sections for easy editing when I focus, but I often want to scan the whole thing first, and would like the Screenings view to be set as the default for all folders and files.

KCCompton
KCCompton

Hello.

I have Scrivener 2.8.1.2 and have accidentally composed my many random scene notes. Is there a way to undo this action? Help!

--KC in Seattle

KCCompton
KCCompton

@RebecaSchiller @KCCompton Thank you. I am just getting acquainted with Scrivener and I have two or three dozen folders and files I've created as I've begun jotting notes and thinking of scenes I want to include. I clicked on "Manuscript" at the top left and now, all of that random stuff is in one long manuscript. It's still in individual folders as well, but the "manuscript" certainly isn't anything resembling an actual book yet and I wonder if I can undo that somehow, or if I delete all of it, will it delete that material out of my folders and files as well.


RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@KCCompton Don't delete it because I think you may have clicked on Scrivenings Mode. Can you post a screenshot? 

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@KCCompton @RebecaSchiller Yes, you are in Scrivenings Mode. DO NOT DELETE. Go to Group Mode in the tool bar and unselect the stacked sheets of paper icon on the left that's next to the corkboard icon. What you'll see in the Editor after you unclick it is Manuscript folder.

You see those dividers that are across the page? That indicates you are in Scrivenings Mode.

beccaSF
beccaSF

Hi Rebecca and everyone,

Can you help me figure something out RE word targets?

- I've set my word count target for the total project

- and I've seen how to set targets for individual documents

BUT: my project (Phd thesis) has got several folders (chapters) which each contain multiple documents (chapter sections).

Is there any way to set a word count target for a folder?  It wouldn't make sense for me to set individual targets for each document (chapter section) but I do have clear targets for each chapter (folder)...  I can't see how to set a target for the folder as a whole.

Thanks!

gillycreamy
gillycreamy

Hi Rebeca etc.


Does anyone know where in Mac OS you can find the sound that Notification Centre plays when you reach your project target in Scrivener? It's a tri-tone sound, the same as this:


/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ToneLibrary.framework/Versions/A/Resources/AlertTones/sms-received1.caf


But Scrivener isn't using that file. I know because if I switch its contents for something else, NC still plays the same tri-tone sound when you hit your project target.


I really want to change that awful sound to something more appropriate to hitting my project target for the day.


Thanks so much

Gilly

Upixan
Upixan

Hi...
how are the forward and rewind media shortcuts for MAC OSX...?
... and how I can change them ...?

alexreynard
alexreynard

Is there any way to export the manuscript's Characters and Places sections as single files? I wanted to show them to another Scriv user for feedback.

gillycreamy
gillycreamy

@alexreynard  Sorry, I've only just made it onto this site otherwise I would have answered your question much earlier. I'm sure it's too late now but I thought I'd reply for the sake of others asking the same question.


Shift and click to select all the files in your Characters folder. Select File/Compile and in the compilation options where it would usually default to your novel to compile (i.e. right beneath where it says 'Format As', change the contents to 'Current Selection'. Your novel chapters will disappear and you'll see the contents of your Characters folder instead. You can then compile in whatever format you like.

blanchedudog
blanchedudog

figured it out (but couldn't figure out how to delete the post :/ )

hjd81
hjd81

Hi, I'm working on an academic paper and trying to figure out how to use Scrivener's meta-data. So far, messing around with the Meta-data hasn't proven to be very intuitive. Is there a way to simply tag a phrase in Scrivenings mode (as in select a sentence for example), add a tag that will populate later, or be searchable later? I'd like that selection (sentence) be a different color in the Scrivening mode. I'm assuming that Labels is the best way to go here since I'm working with themes instead of keywords. 

For example, in one document of notes, I have themes of "Romanticism" and "Empowerment" and I've created Labels that are red and green, respectively.  I would like to see visually which sentences in this single document refers to Romanticism or Empowerment. I'd like to be able to search or organize those sentences by these themes also.  So far, I haven't figured out if Scrivener can do this.

blanchedudog
blanchedudog

Hi new to the software but from what I see I can't import Pages documents.  

Miss Action Jackson
Miss Action Jackson

I think it's unfair that I have to  pay the same price for  the Windows version Scrivener and not get 100% of what OS X version offers.  Project Targets is an excellent feature, and one that I would use consistently.  But, it's "...not yet offered in the Windows version."  


My question is when will it be offered, and will I have to buy the software again when it is offered?  I love the software, but hate that the Windows version is limited... (though, I'm beginning to lean towards buying a MACBook ;-) in the future)


But, until then, I really wish they would offer in the Windows version all the benefits of what's in OS X.

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@Miss Action Jackson  This is something you need to take up with the folks at Literature and Latte. I know that at some point the two versions will be equal but I'm not privy to when that will be. As for the pricing, I believe the Windows version is five dollars less than the Mac version. 

leenelda888
leenelda888

Win 7 scrivener trail

love the product. however it keeps crashing. I've check the forum but no help.  i check for updates and it is up to date.  please help.  I'd like to buy it but not if i it's going to keep crashing and taking my work with it.

leenelda888
leenelda888

it crashes when i open one entire section.  is there a limit to how many files you can have in  a section?

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

It sounds like a bug. You should report it on the forums. Scrivener automatically backs up your work. If you to Tools Options Backup, you'll see your backup location and beneath that you can open the backup folder. So if you do a reinstall, you'll be able to open your project. 

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@leenelda888  What do you mean by opening an entire section? Do you mean a project? What operating system are you using? I think there was an issue with Windows 10, but I recommend that you uninstall and reinstall and see if that works.

leenelda888
leenelda888

@RebecaSchiller @leenelda888 

Win 7 operating system

I have a 100,000 novel divided into 5 parts under manuscripts.  the bulk of it is in Part 4 at 58,000 words.
 

If i uninstall will I lose my project?

leenelda888
leenelda888

@RebecaSchiller 

another error message

The following error occured

Can not save binder 

Error:  could not open binder file

to avoid losing you latest changes, make sure you have enough space and write access on your storage device.

leenelda888
leenelda888

@RebecaSchiller 

I uninstalled and reinstalled.  it seems to be working better.  however another problem in the same vein.  when I highlight and right click on  the scene Scrivener crashes. even as small as 2 letters

How do i fix the bug and where do i report it on the forums?

Thanks for the help.

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

You'll have to register on the forums and in the section that says Bug Hunt and report it. In the technical section, explain what happened. It could be a Windows issue and the support team might know how to fix it. 

Tajci
Tajci

Hi,

I've been looking for hours to find the answer to this question: "How do I update Table of Contents?" I changed my chapter titles, but they don't change in the "Contents"

Can you direct me to the answer? 

Thank you 
Tajci Cameron


Scrivener for Mac user Version 2.5

StevenMooreAuthor
StevenMooreAuthor

Hi.


I've started writing a manuscript in the Blank format, but now I want to change it to a Fiction format, so I can add extras like character profiles and the like. Is it possible to change that, now I'm half way through the manuscript?


Thanks in advance,


Steven

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@StevenMooreAuthor  You can drag and drop  from one Scrivener project into another one. Just go through the same process when you first opened a project and choose fiction. Name and save it. Open the two projects and select all the items in your binder and just drag and drop. 

CameronDivella
CameronDivella

I got a new computer and have my writing saved in MS word, I would like to try Scrivener but it doesnt seem to recognize the documents as I have not yet purchased another copy of MS Word. Do I need to buy word again? Or is there some way I can work around this?


RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@CameronDivella  Is Word working on your new computer? What operating system are you using? I have an older version of Word on my Windows 10 laptop and I needed to install some updates for Word and it works fine now. If Word is working on your new machine, just resave your docs as RTFs and then import them into Scrivener. Worst case scenario, you can always copy and paste. 

MitchRossi
MitchRossi

Hi Rebecca,

I'm trying to format the keystrokes in Scriv that I used in Word.  In particular, I'm used to using Control+Delete to delete a word to the right.  Unfortunately I can not get this to work in Sriv or in my Mac OS set up.

Otherwise, I am finding Scrivener great.


thank you.

Mitch  

RebecaSchiller
RebecaSchiller

@MitchRossi  Interesting because that's the one shortcut that isn't working for me. The shortcuts are either Ctrl+D or Fn+Delete.  I even tried to program it in System Preferences under keyboard, shortcuts, all apps and NADA. I will investigate and see if this an El Capitan bug.

MitchRossi
MitchRossi

@RebecaSchiller @MitchRossi Rebeca, thanks so much for checking on this.  I'm sure after a time I'll get used to a different keystroke if necessary.  But I am using Scri for a final edit of a novel that I wrote in Word.  While this keystroke maybe a hard habit to break, Scriv has already been a huge help in finding miss-named characters and fine tuning details.

I am so glad to have be working with the program. I am going to certainly learn it further as I begin researching my next manuscript.


best,

Mitch

david_willford
david_willford

Thank you Rebecca for the advice. Really appreciated.