Confirm action, pop ups please.

First I did search but found nothing that was similar.

Here’s my problem. I’m using windows 10 on a new laptop. I wrote like a mad woman and finished a 500+ page manuscript. Upon compiling, I found that Scrivener had moved scenes and chapters without my knowledge or effort. :open_mouth:

So my request is: Could we please have a pop-up that forces a confirmation before moving chapters or scenes?

Thank you.

There is no function in Scrivener that will spontaneously reorganize scenes.

It’s hard to say exactly what happened without more information, but the organization of files in the Binder is strictly under the user’s control.


I’m pretty sure that it happened while I was using my touch-pad to move the cursor or whatever. That said, the scenes were moved without my knowledge and there was no confirmation popup to alert me. This can be a serious problem especially if you are in the middle of an edit.

Please add the confirmation pop-up.

We’re pretty much on the side of the software design fence that believe software shouldn’t be second-guessing you with pop-up warnings all of the time, so I wouldn’t hold out for a warning on something as fundamental as moving items around in the outline.

One thing you can consider doing is closing the binder when you aren’t using it. It’s an easy shortcut to remember (Shift-Ctrl-B), or you can click the far-left button on the toolbar if you prefer. That way idle brushes against the trackpad don’t interfere with the outline in the sidebar, and only then make a mess of things in the text editor as you type—much easier to notice and correct with Undo.

I’d also look into seeing if the trackpad itself can be turned off if you use a mouse, or if it has a function to detect accidental usage while typing. I’ve used a few that were such a nuisance I ended up disabling them entirely.

I can turn the touchpad off, and I am using a usb mouse now. Thanks for the shortcut that might prove useful. I’m not sure that a confirmation popup would be “second guessing” the user. I think of it as saving my butt from stupid errors such as this if you know what I mean. And for those who don’t like that second layer of protection, just put a clickable box that say “turn this off.” and done.

It’s up to the programmers of course…