Badly missing Undo and Redo buttons

Would it be possible to add Undo and Redo buttons?
I am so used to them from other applications and hardly ever use keyboard shortcuts.


I have added the undo/redo options as shown in the screenshot as this is a common feature of Windows programs. It will be available in the 1.0.2 update which will be out in the next day or so.


Thank you very much :slight_smile:

While you are at it, could you please add a Save Button for technically challenged writers? LOL :question:

You don’t even need to really save in Scrivener, unless you’ve tampered with your auto-save settings. That menu command doesn’t even do anything 90% of the time you use it. :slight_smile: I think making it a toolbar button would send the wrong message, especially to people who are used to rolling back unsaved changes if they dislike the direction they went in. People should instead be guided toward the snapshot feature, as that is really more like “Save” is, in most programs.

No, I have not tempered and have no idea what the auto setting is. Tried to find out but couldn’t so far…

??? Looks like i have a lot to learn. I have no idea what this means. It must be my fault. Should go back to study the manual LOL

I tried the snapshot, but it only makes a snapshot of the current page.
And the Save button should not be the default, just make it a choice for those who are confused about learning new tricks and don’t want to learn the hard way by losing their day’s work :wink:

What Ioa means is that Scrivener auto-saves. If you pause for two seconds, then Scrivener saves for you. So most times when you go to hit save, Scrivener has already done it for you anyway. Adding a “Save” button to the toolbar would be confusing, because it would lead users to think that you have to save manually, when you don’t - you can hit save whenever you want, but that just forces Scrivener to save then and there. Even if you never hit save during a session, Scrivener will continually save your work. And you can always hit ctrl-S to save if you really want to force a save.

All the best,

Thanks for the explanation, but doesn’t this mean it overwrites the file every time it saves? What if I want to go back and did not make a snapshot?

Instead of helping, it gives me another thing to worry about: “Always make snapshots.”

Sorry if I sound overly worried.

Actually it’s just moving you over from “saving” to “snapshotting”. It’s not an additional worry. The actual disk management stuff (saving) is not something you have to worry about any more. All you need to worry about is the important decision: is my text in a state that I might wish to come back to? If so, then snapshot; if not, then keep writing.

In a text file save cycle pattern you have to mix practical considerations with strategic considerations. The practical reason you need to save is because Word might crash or eat something in a way that won’t undo. So you save periodically to protect yourself from that, even if it isn’t strategically useful to do so. You have to mix pampering your computer with doing your work.

Scrivener removes the computer pampering stuff. Let it handle whether or not your work exists somewhere solid. It will do that whenever you blink. You just handle the work with snapshots. That’s what they are for, exactly what you’ve been using Save to (in part) do with other programs.

Net strain on your brain is less, not more.

No problem! It’s totally understandable. :slight_smile: You’ve been working in a volatile world for a long time. Scrivener’s method is of course still volatile, all things on your computer are, but it is a lot less volatile than you are used to, and that I think that will make a positive impact on you once you get used to it. It does for most.

There’s also the File > Backup > Backup To… command if you’re at a milestone where you want a frozen version of the entire project rather than just individual documents–say before you decide to completely redo your binder structure. This command will create a full back up of the project and you can name it something that will indicate it’s a milestone marker.