Scrivener Interface Overview


This will give you a basic overview of Scrivener’s interface.

Right at the top here we have the toolbar, which gives you access to Scrivener’s basic functions.

Scrivener toolbar - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener toolbar

What you can do here is show and hide several windows like for instance the binder window which I will explain in a second,
you can create and delete documents and folders,
and among other things you can switch between different view modes:

Scrivener view modes - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener view modes

Of course this toolbar is customizable so you can adjust it’s to your workflow.

Here on the left we have the binder window I was talking about which holds all your documents and folders:

Scrivener binder - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener binder

Scrivener can work with several documents and folders in one project which is actually one of its core strengths.

At the top here we have the format bar:

Scrivener format bar - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener format bar

This basically does the same thing as in other text editors like for example in Microsoft word.

This big window here is your editor:

Scrivener editor - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener editor

This is where you actually do all your writing.

And here on the right hand side you have Scrivener’s inspector:

Scrivener inspector - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener inspector

The inspector comes with several tabs which you can choose here at the bottom.

I will go through them very quickly.
The first tab shows you your document synopsis, some general information about your document and your document or project notes.

Scrivener general inspector tab - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener general inspector tab

Scrivener stores a synopsis with every document which is shown at the top of the inspector.

This tab is for references:

Scrivener reference inspector tab - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener reference inspector tab

You can have several documents reference each other within your project, which basically works just like links in any web browser.

This tab is the keywords tab:

Scrivener keywords inspector tab - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener keywords inspector tab

You can create and assign keywords to every file or folder that you create in Scrivener.

This is your meta-data tab:

Scrivener meta-data inspector tab - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener meta-data inspector tab

It can be useful for you if the built-in labeling capabilities of Scrivener aren’t enough for you and you want to apply your own labels to specific documents.

Next up is snap shots:

Scrivener snapshots inspector tab - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener snapshots inspector tab

This allows you to create snapshots of your documents if you want to have different versions of the same document. Having created a snapshot allows you to go back to the previous state anytime you wish. It’s a bit like Time Machine on a Mac.

And this last tab is for comments and footnotes:

Scrivener comments and footnotes inspector tab - Scrivener Interface Overivew
Scrivener comments and footnotes inspector tab

Alright this is Scrivener’s interface. See other Scrivener posts for more information about Scrivener’s functionality.
Are you using Scrivener? What do you like about it and what not? Leave me a comment below…

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