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

A while ago, I talked about the different View Modes available in Scrivener. One of my favorites, which I use a lot, is Composite Mode – I find this useful because you can see all the Scenes of a Chapter together for editing.  Each Scene is split by a line, but you don’t really have a sense of where you are in the document – what Chapter, what Scene.  (Even though this information is displayed in the bar above – I’ll explain.)

Here is my fake Scrivener project:

Now, I am in Composite Mode, and I have ‘Manuscript’ selected in the Binder, so I can see all of my Scrivenings as one large document, with each Scene AND CHAPTER break, denoted by a line across the screen:

I point out that Chapters are also represented by breaks so you’ll realize that the double line shown in the first screenshot represents a Chapter break.  here’s a close up:

Chapter 1, Scene 3 ends.  Chapter 2 begins, then Scene 1 of Chapter 2 begins.

I said above that where you are in the document is displayed in the bar above the edit window, and it is.  It changes depending on where you are:

Each time I click a different area, the bar changes to indicate where I am in the doc.  But sometimes it can also be useful to see Chapter and Scene Titles as you are working.  To turn this on, click on View > Editor > Show Titles in Scrivenings:

With this turned on, your Titles show up in highlighted bars below the separator lines:

I like to turn this feature on, especially if I’m doing a lot of editing and want to know where I am and what I’m cutting or redoing.

More Scrivener Tips coming (every Monday?)

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