Creating an Index - Is this possible?

I’m using Scrivener 2.5 for my genealogical research and my project got too large and cumbersome to work with. So, I split off each generation into a separate project. Then I created a master project with all the names listed. What I want to be able to do is to click on a name and go to the project for that name.

I tried highlighting the name in the index, then going to the project page and dragging the folder from the binder to the index name. A link was created, the name was underlined like I would expect, but the link wouldn’t find the project file.

I then went to the project file, copied the document link and inserted it in my index project. Works great but it puts the entire link there which totally screws up my index. I want a hidden link with the name underlined.

What I would like to be able to do is to drag the link, like in my first trial. Then, if necessary, edit that link to point to the actual project file. I’m not sure why it doesn’t already do that since they are all in the same folder. But I see no way to do it.

Is there any way to create this link without having the entire link visible? Is there some other alternative to be able to do what I’m trying to do?

Within a single project, this is what Scrivener Links are for. I mention this option because if you want to compile the results as a single document, you’ll ultimately need to merge everything back in to one project.

To link to documents on your hard disk, select the text that you want to link, and use the Edit -> Add Link command. Choose the “File” option, then drag the destination file from Finder to the appropriate spot in the dialog box. I was able to make this work when linking to complete projects, but not to sub-documents within projects.


Not quite what I would like, but it is workable.
Thank you.

You can link directly to a document in a different project using the Add Link… command and pasting the document link from the other project. It’s not quite drag and drop, but if you create custom shortcuts for the Copy Document as External Link and Add Link... commands (also create a matching one for Edit Link… since the menu changes) you can make this pretty smooth.

I tried that. The links pasted just fine, but wouldn’t open when I clicked on them. :frowning:


Hm, it’s working when I try it. Here’s what I’m doing:

  1. In Project A, right-click the document in the binder and choose Copy Document Link
  2. In Project B, select some text in the editor and choose Edit > Add Link…
  3. Paste the document link and select No Prefix, then OK

When I click the linked text, Project A’s document opens in a QR panel; if Project A isn’t already open, Scrivener loads that first, then opens the doc in a QR.

Ah! The “No Prefix” part is what I was missing.

Yup, MM’s method should do what you want.