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Scrivener For Dummies

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No matter what you want to write, Scrivener makes it easier.

Whether you're a planner, a seat-of-the-pants writer, or something in between, Scrivener provides tools for every stage of the writing process. Scrivener For Dummies walks you step-by-step through this popular writing software's best features. This friendly For Dummies guide starts with the basics, but even experienced scriveners will benefit from the helpful tips for getting more from their favourite writing software.

  • Walks you through customizing project templates for your project needs

  • Offers useful advice on compiling your project for print and e-book formats

  • Helps you set up project and document targets and minimize distractions to keep you on track and on deadline

  • Explains how to storyboard with the corkboard, create collections, and understand their value

  • Shows you how to use automated backups to protect your hard work along the way

  • From idea inception to manuscript submission, Scrivener for Dummies makes it easier than ever to plan, write, organize, and revise your masterpiece in Scrivener.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Table of Contents
    3. Title Page
    4. Introduction
      1. Conventions Used in This Book
      2. What You’re Not to Read
      3. Foolish Assumptions
      4. How This Book Is Organized
      5. Icons Used in This Book
      6. Where to Go From Here
    5. Part I: Getting to Know Scrivener
      1. Chapter 1: Getting Started in Scrivener
        1. Understanding What Scrivener Is (and Isn’t)
        2. Understanding the Differences between Mac and Windows Versions
        3. Looking at Scrivener Keyboard Conventions
        4. Creating a Project
        5. Understanding the Scrivener Interface
        6. Determining Your Writing Style
      2. Chapter 2: Organizing Your Work with the Binder
        1. Understanding Files and Folders in Scrivener
        2. Working with the Root Folders
        3. Building Your Scrivener Project
        4. Working with Scrivener Items
    6. Part II: Meeting the Inspector
      1. Chapter 3: Working with the Synopsis
        1. Understanding the Synopsis
        2. Populating the Synopsis
      2. Chapter 4: Tracking Scene Elements with Metadata
        1. Navigating the General Meta-Data Section
        2. Working with the Label and Status Fields
        3. Assigning Label and Status Values
        4. Using Label Colors to Distinguish Items
      3. Chapter 5: Working with Document Support Panes
        1. Looking at the Document Support Panes
        2. Taking Notes
        3. Getting the Skinny on References
        4. Linking to Reference Material
        5. Assigning Keywords
        6. Working with the Project Keywords Window
        7. Creating Custom Metadata
        8. Looking at the Remaining Document Support Options
    7. Part III: Starting to Write
      1. Chapter 6: Introducing the Editor: Where the Magic Happens
        1. Dissecting the Editor
        2. Seeing Double with Split Screen Mode
        3. Using QuickReference Panels
        4. Using Scrivenings Mode to View Documents Together
        5. Checking Your Spelling and Grammar
      2. Chapter 7: Getting Rid of Distractions with Composition Mode
        1. Comparing Composition Mode to the Full Screen Function
        2. Entering Composition Mode
        3. Personalizing the Composition Mode Experience
        4. Working in Composition Mode
        5. Viewing the Inspector Panel
      3. Chapter 8: Planning Your Project with the Corkboard
        1. Viewing the Corkboard
        2. Understanding Index Card Elements
        3. Working in the Corkboard
        4. Modifying the Corkboard Layout
        5. Understanding the Types of Corkboards
        6. Adding a New Document in the Corkboard
        7. Viewing the Corkboard in Split Screen
        8. Modifying the Corkboard Preferences
        9. Printing Index Cards
      4. Chapter 9: Getting a High-Level View of Your Project with the Outliner
        1. Accessing the Outliner
        2. Arranging the Outliner
        3. Editing in the Outliner
        4. Viewing Your Outline in Split Screen
        5. Printing Your Outline
        6. Exporting Your Outline to a Spreadsheet
      5. Chapter 10: Marking Up Your Text with Inline Annotations and Comments
        1. Using Inline Annotations to Insert Notes into Your Text
        2. Using Comments to Create Linked Notes in the Sidebar
        3. Exporting Comments and Annotations
      6. Chapter 11: Citing Your Sources with Footnotes
        1. Understanding the Types of Footnotes
        2. Adding a Footnote
        3. Editing or Deleting a Footnote
        4. Stripping All Notations from a Document
        5. Importing and Exporting with Footnotes
    8. Part IV: Getting Your Manuscript Out There
      1. Chapter 12: Setting Up the Compile Options
        1. Deciding on a Format and Output Type
        2. Accessing the Compilation Options
        3. Choosing which Documents to Export
        4. Formatting the Compiled Output
        5. Working with Some Helpful Format Options
        6. Customizing Headers and Footers
        7. Making Text Conversions
        8. Formatting Your E-Book
        9. Setting Up Scripts for Export
      2. Chapter 13: Exporting Your Project with Compile
        1. Compiling Your Project
        2. Viewing and Previewing the Output
        3. Saving and Resetting Compile Settings
        4. Creating and Deleting Compile Format Presets
        5. Exporting for E-Books
        6. Exporting Special Types of Output
    9. Part V: Customizing Your Scrivener Experience
      1. Chapter 14: Setting Word Count Goals and Checking Progress
        1. Working with Project Targets
        2. Adding Targets to a Document
        3. Checking Project Statistics
        4. Changing Project Statistics Options
        5. Using Text Statistics to View Word Frequency
        6. Tracking Productivity
      2. Chapter 15: Saving Time with Custom Layouts and Project Templates
        1. Customizing Your Workspace with Layouts
        2. Saving Time on Future Projects with Custom Project Templates
      3. Chapter 16: Creating Useful Forms with Document Templates
        1. Viewing Existing Document Templates
        2. Creating a Document from a Document Template
        3. Editing a Document Template
        4. Creating a Custom Template
        5. Working with the Document Templates Folder
        6. Changing the Default New Document Type
    10. Part VI: Getting the Most Out of Scrivener
      1. Chapter 17: Searching High and Low
        1. Working with Project Search
        2. Using Project Replace
        3. Running Document Find and Replace
        4. Finding by Format
        5. Marking the Spot with Bookmarks
      2. Chapter 18: Creating Collections for Quick Access to Related Files
        1. Looking at the Types of Collections
        2. Working with Standard Collections
        3. Creating a Search Collection
        4. Working with the Search Results Collection
        5. Converting a Saved Search Collection to a Standard Collection
        6. Renaming a Collection
        7. Removing a Collection
        8. Viewing a Collection as a Container
        9. Showing the Label and Status Columns in the Collections List
      3. Chapter 19: Saving Versions of Your Files with Snapshots
        1. Creating a Snapshot
        2. Viewing Snapshots in the Sidebar
        3. Creating Titled Snapshots
        4. Sorting Snapshots
        5. Comparing Snapshots
        6. Rolling Back to a Previous Document Version
        7. Deleting a Snapshot
        8. Setting Up Automatic Snapshots
      4. Chapter 20: Tracking Your Revisions
        1. Marking Text
        2. Finding Revisions
        3. Removing Revisions
        4. Changing Revision Mode Colors
        5. Compiling with Marked Revisions
      5. Chapter 21: Protecting Your Work with Automatic and Manual Backups
        1. Understanding the Importance of Backups
        2. Setting Up Automatic Backup Preferences
        3. Excluding a Project from Automatic Backup
        4. Forcing a Manual Backup
        5. Restoring a Project from a Backup File
    11. Part VII: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 22: Ten Awesome Features That Didn't Fit Anywhere Else
        1. Showing Invisible Characters
        2. Copying Files between Projects
        3. Taking Notes with the Scratch Pad
        4. Looking at the Editor in Page View
        5. Appending Text to a Document
        6. Creating Links between Documents in a Project
        7. Inserting a Table of Contents
        8. Sorting Paragraphs
        9. Making Duplicates of Binder Items
        10. Naming Names
      2. Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Get More Help
        1. Getting Interactive with the Tutorial
        2. Using the User Manual
        3. Letting the Template Be Your Guide
        4. Watching Online Video Tutorials
        5. Finding Your Answers in the Forum
        6. Searching for Answers on the FAQ page
        7. Checking Out the Scrivener Support Page
        8. E-Mailing Technical Support
        9. Revving the Search Engine
        10. Schmoozing
    12. Cheat Sheet