Another Corkboard Question

It’s official–I am now a registered Scrive, rather than a demo-user. I’m in love with this program!

Is it possible to open the full Research corkboard alongside the document I’m writing? Or am I limited to the Inspector?

What do you mean exactly? You can split the editor and then select the research folder to have its contents on the corkboard displayed next to the document you are working on, if that is what you mean…
Thanks for registering!

Hmmm. I think I don’t know how to split the editor…

Click on the split icon on the right of the header view (alternatively use View > Layout…). Take a look at the introduction video on the main product page if you haven’t already done so, as that demonstrates this sort of thing.
All the best,

Brand new to Scrivener, but I have gone through the tutorial, and even have it open as I begin to use the program. Forgive a possible oversight, but I can’t find a quick or easy answer to the following:

How do I create index cards for separate chapters? I want to be able to create a host of index cards on the corkboard and type in a synopsis for each, be able to click on one and open the text editor so I can compose that chapter. Is that possible? Although I have mastered creating and writing synopses for the cards, clicking on them results in nothing happening. Probably doesn’t work that way, and if not, perhaps something that could be built into the next version. I’m hoping to love this program.

While I’m here, is there an easy way to display the codes? What I mean: I’ve imported text from Word and it’s all come in as one document. I’ve inserted “page breaks” where I’d like chapter breaks to be, but I can’t see the codes and it’s not automatically creating index cards for each block of text after a page break, so how do I know if it’s working? (And I’m beginning to forget where I’ve added “insert page break.” ) I’d really like to break up parts of the imported text and assign them to some of the different index cards I’ve created. (So yes, I’m attempting to work backwards and forwards.) Sorry Keith, I’m sure the answer is simple. Probably just my slow learner syndrome or the fact that I was going through the tutorial at 2am in the morning last night. Still, I can’t find an easy answer in the tutorial. I’ve also just read through the HELP section about Index Cards and Corkboard, but…is there a simple step by step instruction of how to do what I want?

I’m sure this repeats questions asked by countless Scrivener users over the years. Tried searching the forums too, but obviously not using the right keywords.

Thanks for the help.

Clicking on a note card activates that card. Double clicking on it, allows you to edit/add words/delete words on the card. Clicking on the card and dragging it to the header bar opens the card in that edit window.

There’s a tutorial that comes with Scriv that’s very informative. It’s not a video, but a step-by-step guideline that I suggest using. I believe in there, somewhere, I remember how you can easily split a long document into chapters. I’d tell you, but I’m fairly new to Scriv as well and haven’t tried that yet as I was fortunate enough to be starting a brand new project at the same time I purchased Scrivener.

Frankly, I don’t know how I ever wrote a novel without it. Still getting used to dealing with importing chapters back in our out for crit work, but considering what I used to go through, it’s a breeze.


It’s late and I’m a little full of wine and the internet connection is slow here, but hopefully this will help a litte:

  1. Double-clicking in the icon in the top-left corner of index cards opens the document associated with the index card. You can then use the back button to navigate back to the corkboard.

  2. Or, you can split the editor, have the corkboard open in one pane and click on the button with the two arrows beneath it to set it so that when you click on an index card, the document associated with it gets opened in the other pane.

  3. As for showing codes, I think you mean something like “Show invisibles”. I’m afraid you can’t do that at the moment, but I have added that as a feature for the next (free) update, although that won’t be available for a couple of months…

All the best,

Thank you. The drag to header tip solves that problem. Good to know I haven’t overlooked a “Show invisibles” means either.

But what am I missing in understanding how to break apart long text and associate different blocks of it to separate (already created) index cards?

Glad to know you’re enjoying yourself as well. As a frequent visitor to the UK over the last three years, I appreciate the time difference, so am thrilled to have gotten a response at what I know is a late UK hour.


You can split a long document into cards using the Split features - you can either split a document at the current cursor location, or select some text and split the document from that point with the highlighted text as a title. This will allow you to get a long imported document split up into chapters, scenes, or whatever you wish. Check out the Documents -> Split menu items.

But there’s no way to automatically associate those new, post-split docs with the cards you’ve already made. So you have three options:

[1] Split the document, then cut and paste each one into the content area of the appropriate existing card

[2] Split the document, then use those documents as the cards - this will of course require either rewriting, or cut and pasting, the synopsis info for each new card

[3] (And this is probably what I’d do) Split the document, then, in the Binder, move those documents inside the appropriate existing cards. If you haven’t done the full tutorial this may make no sense to you, but every document in Scriv can contain other documents, just like a folder. So you could keep your existing cards, using them (and the info already on them) as containers for the relevant portions of your project.

Thanks Antony. I’ll try it the way you’d do it. Makes sense and seems simple enough. ap

Well, even doused with wine, Keith, you managed to remind me of something I’d forgotten: that double clicking on the index card icon opens the file in the editor pane. I also do it with folders, but for some reason did a complete brain dump regarding single files and have been dragging to header bar for the past couple of months. When you wake up in the morning have a cuppa tea on me :smiley: