The third pane of the Inspector, Document Support Panes, is actually several features. You’ll notice at the bottom of the Inspector there are several icons, click on each one and you’ll see the pane changes to its respective icon.
For now let’s take a look at them individually. At a later date, I’ll go into greater detail about each of their functions.
1. Document Notes (notepad icon): This section is where you can jot notes, copy and paste material or images and is connected to the current text file you’re working on. If you toggle the arrow to the right, it takes you to Project Notes. These notes are for your entire project. Here you can create and manage notes about anything that relates to the project. So let’s say that in the current text, for example, if you have two characters attending an event, which you wrote down the details of in Project Notes, and there’s something that you want to confirm, just toggle Document Notes to Project Notes. You’ll still be in the current document in the editor, and you won’t need to be switching to another file.
2. Document References (books icon): This is self-explanatory. You can create both internal (within Scrivener) and external references (from your file directory) or from the Internet. Go to the gear wheel and you’ll see the options provided. Toggle the arrows and just like Document Notes, it also has Project References
3. Keywords (key icon): if you want to keep track of characters, locales, McGuffins, red herrings, etc., you can add keywords to your document or to the project. I added a few as an example.
4. Custom Meta-Data (tag icon): in this section, you can add a chockful of information that’s associated with your project. But first, you will need to create your meta-data fields. I’ve created five fields so you can see how it appears in the pane.
5. Snapshots (camera icon): Scrivener created this ingenious feature that allows you to keep numerous versions of your text to compare and revert to an older version. I confess I rarely use this, but I just discovered that I wasn’t using it correctly. More to come…
6. Comments and Footnotes (n icon). Allows you to add comments while you edit, write or read through the document. It also lets you to add footnotes. In addition, you can create, modify, and view all the linked notes that’s associated with an item.
Lastly, you’ll notice on the extreme right there’s a little padlock, which locks the Inspector to a specific view.
Next week: Writing in the Editor