Is it possible to apply default formatting to an entire project in one go?
I’ve shaped my formatting the way I like it, and I now want to apply that new formatting to all of the (several hundred) documents within one project. I can’t see a way to globally apply default formatting within a project; as far as I can see, I have to select each file I want to change and then apply the documents>convert operation. I know I can multi-click to select more than one file at a time, but this project has multiple folders, subfolders, and documents, and the operation doesn’t work if you just select a folder instead of each document within the folder.
Any way to apply that conversion operation to the whole shebang at once?
Hmm, it should work just fine from the Binder, as well as Corkboard and Scrivenings mode for that matter.
But maybe you were trying by selecting “Draft” all by itself. That wouldn’t work as then your selection for conversion consists of one item, a thing that by definition has no text of its own. What you would want to do in that case is, after clicking on “Draft”, use the Edit ▸ Select ▸ Select with Subdocuments menu command (⌥⌘A) and there you go.
Another approach, if by “an entire project” you well and truly mean every text item no matter where it is in the binder, Draft or no—then try this:
Open the Project Search tool.
Click the magnifying glass to the lefty and set the search scope to “Text”, make sure the other settings are good for what you want.
Now search for “*” (asterisk).
That will return a list of every file in the binder that has text. ⌘A to select the entire search result, and run the conversion command.
Thanks, AmberV. I was trying it the way xiamanese described–from the Binder view–and that wasn’t giving results. I appreciate your note, and next time I need it, 'll give it a try with your techniques. I didn’t know “Select with Subdocuments” existed.
It’s a bit academic at this point, since you’ve got it figured out, but some things do require the focus to be in Scrivenings. The Edit ▸ Text Tidying ▸ commands, for example, are text level tools that require the cursor to be in a text editor. For the most part, commands found in the Documents menu should be relevant to documents though, as objects. There are only a few exceptions, like Split, which naturally needs the cursor to know where to split from. Conversion is definitely designed to be executed at any level of the project though. You can run it from Scrivenings, you should be able to run it from a hand selected list of items from a search result in the sidebar, too. You should be able to hit ⌘9 in the Binder (to expand everything all the way down to the bottom of the tree), followed by ⌘A to select all, and run it. It is even programmed to skip over binder selections that are invalid, like the trash can, PDF files and so on.
So, I don’t know why it isn’t working from the binder!
Sorry, I’m not really sure if we are on the same topic at this point, and I’m having a hard time understanding the context of your question in the framework of converting default formatting in text files. None of the outliner or outlining commands would be relevant to changing the font and such. They aren’t text editing tools, which is probably why they are disabled.
Maybe this was meant to be posted to another thread? Happy to move it for you if so.