Scrivener is an amazing all in one writing tool that can be used in a multitude of ways. The great thing about the app is its designed to work the way you work not the other way around. I wanted to put together a series of basic tutorials going over the application in-depth. Starting off with the much requested interface overview, a look at the basics of scrivener & how to navigate around the app.

Scrivener is available for both OS X & Windows, you can try out a fully featured free trial today!

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Scrivener can be overwhelming at first the interface is packed with multiple buttons & can be used in all sorts of methods. Navigating it requires getting a grasp of the basic buttons & how to navigate around. From there the rest is up to you. Think of it as canvas to do your writing work be it for a book, e-book, script and so on. Write, organize, revise all in Scriveners powerful interface.

Here’s a further look at what lies in Scriveners interface.

Binder-

Think of the binder as you would a physical one. The digital binder houses all your work for your current project. This means drafts, folders, and other material.

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Work Area-

The center consists of your main work area. Where all your work will lie. This can be adjusted in multiple views depending on your preference. Single, split, outline, or cork board view. This also includes the text tool bar where you can adjust font, text size, alignment, etc.

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Nav Bar-

The main navigation bar houses the main tools you’ll be using. This consists of the of the following (order from left to right)

  1. Binder View Toggle
  2. Collections View Toggle
  3. Add New Document
  4. Move to Trash
  5. Fullscreen Mode
  6. Keyword Panel
  7. Quick Reference Panel
  8. Comment/Annotate Text
  9. Single Page View
  10. Compile/Export
  11. Scrivenings (Document) view
  12. Corkboard View
  13. Outliner View
  14. Synopsis Finder
  15. Search Box
  16. Inspector View Toggle

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Inspector View-

The inspector view allows you toggle a right hand window that gives you access to certain elements of your project. Here you can view comments/annotations or footnotes, document references, keywords, meta-data, and snapshots. These are highly useful tools some of which go into the advance workflows of Scrivener but definitely useful to toggle if you’ll be referencing any of the above tools while you work.

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All in all Scrivener is an amazing writing tool thats flexible to be used in a variety of situations. There’s a reason it’s favorited by writers, authors, etc. You can write in the app how you please & organize on the go or after the fact. Be it for big or small projects Scrivener has you covered. This is a series of tutorials we’ve ran on Scrivener with plans to examine more features of the app in detail.

Check out our previous content below:

How To: Create & Publish an E-book

Import/Export Content between Scivener & Scapple

How To: Improve your writing workflow

Happy writing!