Default Name for New Files


Just a quickie, no idea if it can be done or not, but I’m just curious.

At the moment, if you press New or Cmd+N or however you get there, Scrivener creates a new file with the name ‘Untitled’. Is there any way to change that default name? I call mine 'Scene’s, and it’s just a bit fiddly when I’m creating a new project to add, rename, add, rename forty or so times.

Again, not a problem if not, just wondering :slight_smile:

I don’t think there’s a way to change the default for new documents. You can set Scrivener to automatically name an untitled document with the first line of text in the document (under Preferences:General), but that wouldn’t give you just “Scene”. The best way I can think to do it is just leave them untitled and then run a project replace checking only “Titles” for scope and just change “Untitled” to “Scene”.

…But I have to ask, why not title them something more explicit, so you can tell them apart and don’t just have forty documents with the same name? You can always choose not to use the document title when you compile and to replace it with “Scene” at that stage if that’s the concern.

I believe if you create a document template (not a project template), and it’s the first in the list of those templates, then CMD-N will use that file, with all of it’s settings and properties as your new document. That includes whatever name you gave to the template file.

Sorry for not being specific, but I don’t have my Mac with me at the moment. All of the info on creating document templates should be in the manual.

Oh, that’s an idea. It’s Opt-Shift-Cmd-N for using the first template file; Cmd-N will still do a regular document.

YES, that does it! Thanks guys!

Only because I use the corkboard in the planning stages, and I just find it easier to arrange/rearrange based on the card’s description instead of a title.

Thanks again =)