Edit scrivenings, font and paragraph format

my name is Luca and I am an Italian new user of Scrivener. This is my first post.

I have a problem when I use “Edit scrivenings” function. I’d like to select all or a part of text and apply a font or a paragraph format, but I’cant modify text when it covers more than one document shown in “Edit scrivenings”. I have to change every document separately.

How can I do?

Thank you, Luca.

Please reference the FAQ, which explains why this is, and how to get around it.


I read the FAQs, but it only explains how to change the fonts back to the default, with Convert Formatting > To Default Style, in the Documents menu.
What if I want to change to a different font or formatting? Do I have to change the default style, apply the Convert Formatting > To Default Style and than come back to the previous default style?

Thank you very much! :smiley:

I was playing around with this last night, and I think I found a solution for you…

Before you do anything, backup your project!!! I simply ZIP a project (YemZip works great, or Zip (InfoZip) in the terminal). When ZIPing, make sure Scrivener is NOT open.

Then, you’ll have to setup your formatting preferences under FILE -> COMPILE -> FORMATTING. I believe you have to actaully execute EXPORT for it to retain these settings. Just export somewhere and delete it later.

Then, under EDIT SCRIVENINGS, first choose SELECT ALL (very important), and then choose DOCUMENT -> CONVERT -> FORMATTING TO COMPILE TEXT STYLE.

Worked for me!

Ok, I’ll try! I think it’s a good solution.

Thank you very much! :smiley:

Of course another thing you could do is set up a series of saved preferences (drop-down in the lower left of the preferences window) with your various favourite fonts set into the default editor settings. Then you can swap these out as necessary and perform the respective convert to function. You could also use saved compile settings in a similar manner.