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.


  1 comment for “On Track with Scrivener 3’s Corkboard

  1. Alan McGrath
    January 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I’m using the Windows Beta, and I’ve played with the Arrange By Label function just to see if there might be an organization advantage for me.

    Rebeca is right: it’s very reliant on your monitor size. I’m using an Asus 26″ from a desktop build I did back in 2013, but personally even that size feels too small. It mainly goes back to resolution. A 4K 26″ might work because you could scale the card and font sizes down without losing detail, but mine is (not surprisingly for its age) a 1080p, so things get rough really quickly.

    I’m not sure how I could attach an image here, so I’ve just included a couple of links to my online storage so you can get an idea of how it looks.


    In that link you can see in the lower right my settings for the cards and such.

    I can see how this layout could be very useful for making sure your pacing and scene congestion is controlled, but you need a better setup than what I have for it to feel comfortable. Or at least I do. 🙂

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