Scrivener Quick Tip: View Mode

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I’ve decided to share some Scrivener tips on Monday’s for a bit.  I love Scrivener and it has really changed the way I write and increased my productivity.

Scrivener Quick Tip: View Mode

Scrivener has a button group that quickly lets you switch between views.  This button group changes based on what you have selected in your Binder.  If you have a Scene (also called a Scrivening) selected in your Binder, the button group looks like this:

In order from left to right, you can View the Document, View any SubDocuments contained inside on the Corkboard View, or view the SubDocuments in the Outline View.  The last 2 views look better when you actually have SubDocuments.  If you don’t, it’s pretty unimpressive.

Here’s the Document View:

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Here’s the Corkboard View (notice it’s empty – that’s cuz I don’t have any SubDocuments inside of the Scene):

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Here’s the Outline View:

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If you have a Folder that contains Scenes selected, the button group looks like this:

Notice how that first button has changed to show 3 documents on top of each other – this is because you can view all SubDocuments in Composite Mode – I find this useful because you can see all the Scenes of a Chapter together for editing.  Next, you can view the SubDocuments as Index Cards on the Corkboard, or as an Outline in Outline Mode.  If you are an Outliner, this is very useful.

Here’s the Document View (notice that each Scene is separated by a line):

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Here’s the Corkboard View (notice that there’s an Index Card for each Scene inside the Chapter folder):

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Here’s the Outline View (notice that the text on the Index Cards in the Corkboard View are shown here in Outline View as well – you can also click to edit that text, assign Labels, Draft Status and set a Word Goal for each Scene):

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With the View Button Group, you can access a lot of information quickly and move between them.  Especially if you like to outline before you write.

More Scrivener Quick Tips are coming – watch for them!

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