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