Revision Colours in Scrivener


Let’s say you sent your script to a producer and he likes it (hurraaaay!). But he also gives you some notes of things he would like you to change.

So, you want to keep track of the changes you made in your draft for this particular producer.

There’s a tool for that in Scrivener, called “Revision Mode”.

What it does is, it colours everything you change in your script in the colour of your choice.

The Workflow

Here’s how it works.

With your script project opened, go to Format – Revision Mode – First Revision.

Format - Revision Mode - First Revision - Revision Colours in Scrivener
Format – Revision Mode – First Revision

This window pops up, telling you that from now on everything you type will be in the colour of the current revision. The default for the first revision is red.

Enter Revision Mode - Revision Colours in Scrivener
Enter Revision Mode

Hit ok and type away happily.

As you can see all your changes are marked in red now.

Script with red changes - Revision Colours in Scrivener
Script with red changes

If you change revision mode to “second revision” Scrivener will do the same in a different colour (in this case by default blue).

First and second revision - Revision Colours in Scrivener
First and second revision

To end revision mode, just go to Format – Revision Mode – None.

Exit revision mode - Revision Colours in Scrivener
Exit revision mode

One Caution

When you’re in revision mode, EVERYTHING you type in ANY EDITOR will be coloured, not just in the document you’re working on right now.

So, e.g., if you have your script and a notes document open in your editor side by side, and you also make changes in your notes document, these notes will be coloured with your current revision colour as well.

Remove Revision Colours

If you want to remove your revision colours and go back to black, just go to Format – Revision Mode – Remove All Revisions.

Remove revisions - Revision Colours in Scrivener
Remove revisions
Remove revisions - Revision Colours in Scrivener
Remove revisions

Choose Revision Colours

You can choose your revision colours in the preferences:

Go to Scrivener – Preferences and then click on the “Appearance” tab.

Revision colour preferences - Revision Colours in Scrivener
Revision colour preferences

All the way at the bottom you can customize all kinds of colours, including revision colours. You can choose up to five. I would like more than five, but hey, still a very useful feature.


Are you using revision colors in Scrivener? When do you start with a new color? Are five revisions enough for you?

Drop me a comment below and we’ll have a chat…

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  1. Scrivener is equally impressive, attractive and intimidating to me as a writer. I love the idea of being able to see everything laid out like that, but I also tend to be afraid of the crippling effect of structure. It s a constant balancing game for me.


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