What’s New in Scrivener 1.9 for PC?


Scrivener 1.9 for PC has just been released and this is what’s new:

There is one major change which I will show you in a second, but a few minor things first.

User Interface

The user interface has been slightly updated. The inspector panel control strip has been moved from the bottom all the way up to the top. This goes in line with the recent update on the mac version.

New inspector panel control strip - Scrivener 1.9 for PC
New inspector panel control strip

Collapsing Notes

Also in the inspector panel, if you have multiple notes in a document you can expand and collapse them.

Notes are expandable - Scrivener 1.9 for PC
Notes are expandable

Either by clicking on the arrow on the left, or by selecting them and hitting the “arrow left” and “arrow right” keys.
If you want to expand or collapse all of them at once, select them all with Ctrl-A, then hit the “arrow left” or “arrow right” keys.

Expand all notes at once - Scrivener 1.9 for PC
Expand all notes at once

Or, with the inspector panel selected, go to the View – Menu – Outline – Collaps all / Expand all.

New Inspect Menu

There is another new entry in the View menu.
Go to View – Inspect – and you can jump directly to any of the inspector panels.

Directly jump to inspector panels - Scrivener 1.9 for PC
Directly jump to inspector panels

The Big Change: Project Format

Literature and Latte just recently released Scrivener version 2.7 for the MAC and they introduced a new project format. This was necessary to make the desktop version compatible to an upcoming mobile release. Version 1.9 for the PC also uses this new project format. So, you get full platform compatibility between MAC and PC back.

If you make changes to your project, save it, and open it again on the MAC on version 2.7, it will open perfectly with all your changes applied.

PC project version - Scrivener 1.9 for PC
PC project version


MAC project version - Scrivener 1.9 for PC
MAC project version

Backwards Compatibility

Just be careful, the new project format is not compatible to older version of Scrivener. If you open an old project a backup copy will be made and you can continue to work on your new project version.

Project backup will be created - Scrivener 1.9 for PC
Project backup will be created

These are the biggest changes in Scrivener for PC 1.9. If you want the full list you can get it here:


Have you already updated to the new version? Are you using Scrivener on a PC? Do you switch between platforms? Drop me a comment below…

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