It’s been a very long time since I posted a tutorial online and I am sorry that I’ve neglected my faithful readers, but this business of freelance writing, teaching the five week courses, and private lessons is surprisingly time-consuming.
I’ve been wracking my brains to show you something that’s not only super neat, but useful. After perusing Literature and Latte’s forums, I found the perfect lesson.
So…you all know how I like to customize my work space and change colors, icons, and layouts. This is a neat layout for those of you who rather be in the zen mode to write. In other words–no distractions.
But wait! Scrivener has a Composition mode feature and you’ve provided that tutorial. Stop teasing us!
Patience, grasshopper, for what I’ll be showing you will take you to a very different level. Let’s say you want the features of distraction free Composition mode with the added feature of Split-Screen. For instance, you want to see your document but also the Corkboard in distraction-free space. To do that, activate the Split Screen feature. Next lock in place the Corkboard.
This is what we have thus far:
But we know how to do this! Tell us something we don’t know!
Next go to Preferences->Appearances. In the section that says Full Screen, check Always Auto-Hide Toolbar in Full-Screen Mode and right beneath it check Hide Binder and Inspector when Entering Full-Screen Mode.
Did you do that? Good. Now enter full-screen mode, and this is what you have:
It’s still too busy.
Okay…we can do more to make it look less busy. Don’t like the ruler? Take your mouse pointer to the top of the screen to unhide the menu bar. Go to Format->Hide Ruler. Don’t like the format bar? Go to Format->Hide Format Bar.
But now I have something special to show you. Don’t want to see the header or the footer? Well guess what? You can hide those as well. Activate the Editor screen, and like above take the mouse pointer to the top of the screen until the menu bar appears. Go to View->Layout->Hide Header View. Follow the same steps and hide the Footer View. Now activate the corkboard, and follow those same exact steps.This is how it looks like:
Well, that is kinda neat, but I want the corkboard on the left.
Do you now?
Click on the corkboard, and take your mouse pointer to the top of the screen until the menubar appears. Unlock the Corkboard by going to View->Editor and uncheck Lock In Place. Then go back to View-Layout->Swap Editors.
Oh…that is cool. But I don’t like the corkboard’s background, and I want the editor to be a softer color.
Fine…that can be changed as well. Let’s tackle the corkboard first. Just like you did before make the menu bar appear. Go to Preferences->Corkboard. Go to Corkboard Background and select Custom Color. Activate the color box by clicking on it and the color wheel window will open. Select your color. Close it out by clicking on the red X.
To change the Editor’s text background, simply go to Preferences->Appearance. In the section that says Customizable Colors select Editor->Text Background. Activate the color window by clicking on it, and a window will appear. Select your color and close it out by clicking on the red X.
If the index cards are too white, simply follow the same steps as above, but choose Index Card Background. And this is how it looks:
But what if I want to select another text file for the editor pane?
Two ways to do this: If you take your mouse pointer to the extreme left the Binder will appear and you can select your text. Once you move the pointer away it will hide itself. The Inspector works in the same manner.
There’s another way to view text files and that’s via the corkboard. Before you hide the corkboard’s footer, make sure the double arrow icon is activated then click on an index card and your text file will change in the Editor.
Wow! That is super neat!
I told you so. Now go write.