Binder Actions and a Question

I’ve covered a lot of territory in these tutorials and yet I always discover a feature I’ve never used, and once I play around with it, I think, “You idiot, this is exactly what you needed in September, but you didn’t realize it even existed.”

So today while I perused the features in the menu, I came across “Hoist Binder.” The only term I know that uses hoist in a sentence is when Hamlet realizes that Claudius plan to dispatch him and says the following:

There’s letters seal’d, and my two schoolfellows,
Whom I will trust as I will adders fang’d—
They bear the mandate, they must sweep my way
And marshal me to knavery. Let it work;
For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard, an’t shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon.
Hamlet Act 3, scene 4

Hoist Binder doesn’t fall in that deadly category. Instead, it’s an incredibly useful feature especially when you have a Binder with numerous folders, sub-folders, and documents. To wit:

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As you can see, I have all my freelance writing folders and although I can unexpand the folders what I really want to do is to isolate one section of those files. Let’s take a brick and mortar scenario as an example. Say I have the inbox on my desk filled with 20 manila folders, and I need to work on just one file. I take the appropriate one out and work with those documents within that folder.

To work with that one container/folder and not have to even see the other folders in the Binder including the Research container and Trash Bin, what you do is select the folder you want to work with and go to Documents->Hoist Binder and it brings forward just that folder.

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Does it work with text files? Yes, as long as you have a sub-document. To unhoist and see the entire contents of the Binder, go back to Documents and select Unhoist Binder.


In March, I will be launching a downloadable PDF workbook. The first one will be for Windows users. The Mac version should be available by the end of April. The format is based on the Adobe Classroom in a Book series. The workbook will consist of 31 lessons; each lesson can be completed in one day. Price: $4.99, which includes a 30 minutes private Skype session to answer any questions that might come up as you progress through the lessons.

Later in the summer, I plan to launch another series of workbooks. The first one will be on Compiling for both Windows and Mac versions. Price: $3.99 with 30 minutes private Skype session.

And now for my question. What other workbooks would you like to see in this series? To respond, please email, send me a DM on Twitter either @SchillerRebeca or @SimplyScrivener, or leave a comment below. I look forward to reading your suggestions.


Great feature - thought it seems to be Mac only at the moment :-(

One to remember though...


What a cool feature. I'm always looking for ways to unclutter my Binder when I'm writing. This also seems as though it would cut down on accidental keystrokes opening other folders, etc. Thank you!