Control what's displayed on Corkboard?

Can I control the depth of what’s displayed on the corkboard?

Here’s what I mean. I’m writing a novel. The “main” folder is the manuscript. Below that, is First Draft. Below that is Part One. Below that are the various Chapters. Within each Chapter are one or more Scenes.

If I click on First Draft in the binder, there’s only one card on the corkboard–the name of Part I. If I click on Part I in the binder, there’s a card for each of the Chapters–blank cards showing only the title of each chapter at the top. If I click on each successive chapter in the binder, there are cards for the scenes in the selected chapter–each card has the text of the first paragraph of that scene.

Is there a way to display on the corkboard nested cards, so (for instance) clicking on Part I in the binder would show a card for each chapter PLUS cards for each scene in the applicable chapter?

Many thanks!


See the user manual (Help > Scrivener Manual), section 8.2.8 Stacked Corkboards, for all the details.

This is also covered in the interactive tutorial (Help > Interactive Tutorial) under Going Further > Organization Tools > Corkboard and Outliner Tricks >View Multiple Groups.


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Will check it out. Thanks.

Sorry @KJIsaacson. I’m reading your post more carefully, and I’m not sure that Stacked Cordboards will give you 100% of what you’re looking for. But give it a try and let me know if it gets you close enough.

Jim, yes, while maybe not 100%, it’s certainly close enough. I’m able to get all of the cards onto the corkboard. While they’re not “nested,” they do appear in order: Chapter 1, scene, Chapter 2, scene, Chapter 3, scene 1, scene 2, etc. It gives me the bird’s eye view I wanted.

Thanks much.


Stacked Corkboards is one of my favorite v3 changes.

There is another approach as well: the Navigate ▸ Open ▸ with All Subdocuments as Flat List menu. That will work better when your hierarchy is more complex than two levels deep.

As for the rest, here is an older discussion on this same query.

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I have to disagree here. I almost never use the “flat list” option because 95% of the time I’m not interested in just seeing things, or even modifying them in place; I want the ability to move things around. I also want a representation of my Binder hierarchy that’s different from the Binder/Outliner linear indented list. I’d much rather

  1. use option-click on the disclosure triangle of the root container to expose the entire hierarchy.
  2. select a container that’s “as far down as I want to go,” then use View->Outline->Collapse all to current level to focus on the levels I want on my corkboard
  3. Select all the containers from the root right on down to the level I selected in step 2 to get a multi-level stacked corkboard.

Not only does this give me the stacked corkboards I want, with the ability to move any item among them, I can use the “Navigate through groups” icon/ menu (You already know, :wink: but others might not). It’s a little menu icon up in the corkboard header that appears when corkboards are stacked, and clicking on it lets you navigate to any container’s corkboard.

Much more my style than the undifferentiated mass of cards I get from the “open as flat list” option.