Scrivener Quick Tip: Bottom Toolbar

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

Today’s quick tip is something that I noticed accidentally.  I was writing, set the laptop aside to get something to drink, and when I came back, my mouse was hovering over the bottom bar in Scrivener and a tool tip / message popped up, just like this one:

I knew the bottom bar gave you a quick word count for whatever active document you’re working in, but I didn’t realize there’s more.  At a glance, it tells you number of words and characters.  If you have a single Scene / Scrivening active, you’ll see the info for that Scene alone.  If you have multiple scenes selected and are working in Composite Mode, you’ll see the word count and character count for everything selected.

If you click the bottom bar, you see this popup:

The only differences are, character count without spaces, and you can include footnotes, comments and annotations in the quick count.

Not bad and a quick at a glance word count to let you know where you are.

More Scrivener Quick Tips are coming – watch for them!

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2 comments for “Scrivener Quick Tip: Bottom Toolbar

  1. April 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Invaluable knowledge, especially if you are a writer trying to hit a word count.

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