Creating an Index for Non-fiction book

Is there an easy way to create an index (I’m writing a non-fiction book) using Scrivener? The “keywords” would seem to be key, but I’m not sure how they would be used to accomplish this. Maybe it’s something that would be done in another tool once the draft has been produced in Scrivener?

I’m a new Scrivener user, and if there is a trick to creating an index, I’d like to be using/doing it from the start.


BTW, I’m sorry if this is well-covered or known somewhere - every search I do on “index” shows a zillion threads about index cards.

Humboldt County, CA

Hi Tod,

Scrivener doesn’t handle indices or tables of contents - it’s designed for the first draft stages. This is the sort of thing that is left to dedicated word processors. The idea is that you hammer out the words in Scrivener, and once your draft is done you take it to a dedicated word processor or layout program for generating indices and a table of contents and any other special formatting you need for the final draft.

Thanks and all the best,

Thanks for the response. Now I don’t have to worry that I’m not doing something important that I should be doing. (If that makes any sense.)

BTW, I’ve just started using Scrivener, but so far it is at the top of my list of “probable best (sw) friends”. Unless I run into a shocking and unexpected problem in the next couple weeks, I think you’ll be selling another copy. Great job!