Easy Peasy Printing

I have a confession: I’m not a huge fan of printing out my documents. When I need to print an article, I take an easy shortcut instead of going through the compile process.

But before I show you how I go about printing, first let me say that what I write and print are formatted simply. I don’t get fancy because I don’t have any intention of self-publishing. I just want my one-inch margins and my quarter inch indent, and that’s it.

Let’s say I wrote an article to submit to my editor. As mentioned, the formatting is simple. What stands out is that I have the following:






These are bolded, and that’s as fancy as I get. So my article is written, and I need to print it to proof it the old fashioned way. To print it, I go to File->Print Current Document. A window opens, and this is what I see:

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I can go ahead and hit print, and that’s that.

Let’s assume I make my edits, input them back into Scrivener and I want to send the final version as a PDF to my editor (typically you should never do that because if your editor wants to make changes, he or she has to convert the PDF to a Word document and that can mess up the formatting. As a rule of thumb, make life easy for your editor if you want more writing assignments). But for the sake of this example, we’ll send it to him as a PDF).

Go back to File->Print Current File. Click on the drop-down menu where you see PDF, and you’ll see the option Mail PDF. And, sirree, bub, it goes directly to you Mail app as an attachment.

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Now let’s take a look at File->Page Setup. A window will open, and you will see that I have my page setup defaulting to my printer and US Letter.

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But what if I want to change those attributes? Click on it and the dropdown menu has the Scrivener option. From there you can change your margins.

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Click on options and you’re presented with a menu of print options.

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I like to have the page numbers printed, so I have that option checked. As you can see, you also have the option to print the synopsis, meta-data, and notes. Don’t like your current font? You can change it.

And that’s the easy way to print your current document without having to go through the compile process.

Richard Epworth
Richard Epworth

Is this a Mac only option? My PC version just takes me to the HP default print window, certainly no Scrivener option. Or perhaps you set up a Scrivener option on your Brother printer? Cheers


@Richard Epworth  It is the Mac version. Unless I specify this is a windows tutorial all the tutorials are for the Mac version.