Scrivener Quick Tip: Compile for Enumerated Outline


(I’m using the Mac version of Scrivener, v 2.2)

Last time, I talked about Compile, focusing on producing a Synopsis.  Today, I want to talk about another function of Compile, and that’s Enumerated Outline.

With Compile for Synopsis, you are exporting the text and information stored in your project as a Synopsis.  If you want to output the title for each document, rather than all of its text, in a hierarchal list, Compile for Enumerated Outline is for you.

Here’s my fake project – notice that I’ve added more chapters, given them expanded titles, and added expanded titles for the sections/Scenes contained inside of each Chapter:

To access your Compile options, click on File > Compile:

This brings up the Compile Screen:

In the Format As drop down menu, choose ‘Enumerated Outline’:

Just as with Compiling for Synopsis, this screen offers you a lot of options.  You can either use the default settings as is, or, by clicking on the menu list on the left, you can change individual options under each item.  I’ll let you go through those and play.  You can also leave everything as is and make your format changes in Word (more on that in a second).

Once you have everything set the way you want, click the Compile For drop down at the bottom of the screen:

For my example, I’m choosing .rtf – Word Compatible.  Even though there is a Word format or two available, Scrivener recommends that if you’re going to be working on your compiled document inside of Word, that you use the .rtf format.

Once you choose your format, click Compile.  In my case, this creates an .rtf file which I open in Word:

Everything is editable.  I can change fonts, indents, etc.  Notice that you have your Chapter and Scene Titles broken out, but not the Synopsis text.  (You could add that, if you wanted – just a copy/paste from the Synopsis document – or you could create a custom Compile template of your own…)

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