Corkboard 'disaster' has lost all my index cards and text


I hope someone can help me with what seems like a ‘disaster’.

I was trying out Scrivener for the first time and using the ‘Corkboard’ layout. I did a ‘right click/add new text’ and created a long series of Index Cards on the Corkboard. At the end I tried to print these but the ‘Print’ preview only showed a document that I didn’t recognise. Then I tried selecting all of the index cards on the Corkboard and tried to print them - still no sign of them in Preview.

And here’s the ‘disaster’ - when I went back to the Corkboard there were no index cards. I’ve since searched and tried to find them but nothing. They seem to have been deleted. I know I didn’t choose to delete them, and the document I was working in is still there with a blank Corkboard. The ‘Edit’ menu does not offer me and ‘undo’ option, and there’s nothing in the ‘Trash’.

I’ve just noticed that the name of the document I’m pretty sure I was working in has the standard ‘Screenplay Format’ files still there. I didn’t add any normal text to the project. All I did was to add ‘New Text’ in the Corkboard view. I manually did a ‘Save’ regularly, even though I knew Scrivener saves every two seconds.

How could all this material have disappeared? All I can think of is that while I had all of the index cards selected on the Corkboard I accidentally did some key combination that ‘deleted’ them, but I don’t think so. If I did, is there any way to get back to a previous state of the document which includes the Corkboard cards I created?

Can anyone help me recover my hours of work? I have not closed down anything.


They’re almost definitely not gone. You’re probably looking a the wrong part of the binder.

Assuming you’ve done exactly as you said with no additional steps, take a look at the left-hand column (the binder). You’ll see “Draft” under which is a document called “Untitled.” Inside that document are all your index cards, which are actually subdocuments. Click on “Untitled” to highlight it, then click Corkboard in the toolbar, and you should be fine.

It’s possible you created your cards somewhere else in the binder, but the same principle holds: they might be directly under Draft or under some other document, but there is a one-to-one correspondence between documents and index cards; they’re just two ways of looking at the same thing.

Hope this helps.

Thanks Mamster for your help and for replying so quickly.

I’d edited my first post but still could not find them. Then I took your advice and expanded all the contents of the Binder folders and saw a list of the headings of my Corkboard Index Cards. At first I could not see them on the Corkboard, but think I brought up one of the standard Screenplay documents. However when I closed the ‘Screenplay Format’ folder down and re-opened it my Corkboard showed all the cards again.

What a relief. It must have been some mistake on my part, but I"m so relieved to have the work back.

Is there any way to print the Corkboard cards as a graphic image? I realise I can display them as an outline and presumably print that, but wondered if there was a way to use the nice graphic images.

Thanks again.


I definitely recommend going through the tutorial, as it sounds as though you haven’t quite understood the concept of the corkboard. There isn’t one corkboard view, but as many as you have documents. Any document is an outliner, corkboard or document. By default, if you click on a folder, it will show its contents - the items listed in the binder - as index cards on the corkboard displaying their titles and synopses. The tutorial - and the video on the main product page - will help you get the hang of this. Once you get the concept, it is very flexible.

The next update adds the ability to print index cards. For now you have to use File > Compile Draft and just choose to tiles and synopses for the content.

Hope that helps.
All the best,

Thanks Keith.

You’re right - I hadn’t read the tutorial, but did view the intro. I just dived in after finding Scrivener while looking for some kind of outlining system that used Index Cards.

I’ll take your advice, and look forward to the upcoming print options.