Exporting keyword lists?

Hi folks,

I’m not a complete newbie, but I still have a lot to learn about Scrivener. So far I love it!

Is there a way to export a list of keywords from one project to another project or document?



Yes, this is pretty easy to do. Just assign all of the keywords to a dummy binder item, then drag it to the project binder you wish to import keywords on. Keywords attached to items will stick when copying them in between projects, and the act of doing that adds them to the project keyword list in the target project.

I knew there had to be an easy way to do it. Thanks!


I have a list of keywords in a text document. When I try copying and pasting them as keywords, they all paste as a single item. Is there any wa I can get them to paste as multiple keywords?

I’m not sure what you are going for, so it’s hard to say. If you’re just trying to assign more than one keyword at a time to a particular document, you can select more than one keyword in the project keyword window and drag them all into the inspector at once.

I guess I wasn’t making myself very clear. I have a list of several hundred terms that I’ve imported as a document:

term 1
term 2
term 3
term 4

I want to turn these terms into individual keywords and add them to the project keyword list, but I have so many of them that highlighting them individually and dragging them over to the keyword table is extremely time-consuming. When I try to highlight them all at once and drag them into the keyword table in the inspector, they all get added as a single keyword consisting of all the keywords put together, which is not what I need. I get the same result when I drag them to the keywords panel.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give,


Ah, sorry I was thinking in the other direction entirely. I’m afraid isn’t an easy way to do that. The feature was really designed to be used inside out, rather that outside in like that. I’d have to double-check, but I think we have something on the list of future ideas for a way of making this easier—probably a way to import a comma list as keywords. I can’t promise anything however.

At least I’m not missing something. The way I’m doing it now is importing my list to a binder, highlighting each term individually, and dragging it over to the keywords window; time consuming, but at least doable. I look forward to future developments.

I do want to say that I love Scrivener, and have learned so much more about it since I started this new project. I was using One Note, and it wasn’t well-suited for this at all.