026 freezes when deleting many sceens at once

after doing a universal change, my script had lost all formatting
So I wanted to delete about 60 scenes and replace them with my backup, which was correctly formatted

I selected the scenes I wanted to trash, then tried to shift/delete. Program gave me a (not responding) notice.

I then tried dragging those selected scenes to trash, but got the same (not responding) notice.

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When you selected the scenes, did Scrivener try to start loading them in a Scrivenings session (vs. outliner or corkboard)? I suspect that’s the problem, rather than anything to do with attempting to delete them, as I know that loading a lot of large documents (say total word count 50K plus) in Scrivenings can take a long time and cause unresponsiveness or a complete hang. Lee’s working on that, but in the meanwhile as a workaround just select a couple documents and switch the view to outliner or corkboard (so that it will become the default for displaying multiple selections) and then select all your documents and trash them.

Hi Jennifer,
Don’t know what you mean by: “did Scrivener try to start loading them in a Scrivenings session (vs. outliner or corkboard)?”

This was my process:
In addition to selecting the bad scenes on the left side, (which froze the program) I also tried selecting all the same scenes in corkboard, but with the same freezing result. I did not think of trying the outliner mode.

What I finally did was trash the entire folder, then drag/copy the same folder from my backup. Everything is fine now


Hm, thanks for the follow-up. Scrivenings mode is when you’ve selected multiple text documents so they all load in the editor with the general appearance of a single document–so you see the text for all the selected documents, rather than viewing them in the outliner or as cards on the corkboard. But since it sounds like you had the corkboard open, and experienced this again just working on the corkboard, presumably Scrivenings mode isn’t the problem. I’m glad you were able to work around it in the meanwhile, and we’ll dig into this.

One thing that could help, since it sounds like Windows force quit the program, is if you could paste in the error report Windows generated. To do this:

  1. Open the Control Panel and choose Administrative Tools
  2. Open Computer Management
  3. In the tree view, select System Tools\Event Viewer\Application
  4. In the window on the right, you should see a list of reports Information, Error, and Warning. Sort these by type or date, and then look for any errors that occurred at the time of your freeze–the source column should say something like “Application Error” or “Application Hang”.
  5. Double-click to open the error report and make sure that “Scrivener.exe” is referenced in the description, then click the copy button to put the info on your clipboard and you can paste that here


Hi Jennifer

There was nothing relating to Scrivener errors in the Event Viewer\Application folder.
PS Anything else you’d like me to try?