I did half of the tutorial as I am new to Scrivener, but when I went to open and finish the tutorial today, I keep getting an “error reading project” for the entire thing. Anybody have a clue as to what I can do to get this fixed? I’d like to do the tutorial so I have a general idea on how the program works. Not to mention, I really don’t want to have a project I’m working on and then have this issue either. Thanks!
Does the message text say it’s an error reading the template info? If so, this isn’t anything to worry about. It indicates an error in the templateinfo file of the project, which is only used to auto-populate the “category” and “description” fields when using Save As Template. It could have gotten corrupted if there was a crash or the project didn’t close correctly. Deleting the file with the project closed will prevent the error message recurring and will not affect anything else in the project:
- Close the project.
- Open Windows Explorer and locate the project’s .scriv folder on your hard drive.
- Navigate into the “Settings” sub-folder.
- Delete the file called “templateinfo.xml”.
Once you’ve done this, you should be able to reopen the project without seeing the error. If you use Save As Template on the project in the future, a new templateinfo.xml will be saved with the information you enter.
I am using Windows 8.1 and I couldn’t find what you said to look for - I found the Scrivener folder in my hard drive but there was no settings or template folder. I could have been in the wrong place as I am not very techy at all.
I’m just frustrated because I’d like to complete the tutorial so I know what I am doing and can get on to actually writing! Thanks for the help!
Each project that you create in Scrivener, including the tutorial, is saved on your hard drive as a folder with a “.scriv” ending. The default location to save projects is in your user Documents folder, so that’s where I’d check for the tutorial project–it’s probably there as a folder called “Tutorial.scriv”. In Scrivener, however, you can go to Tools > Options… and in the General tab, check the box to show the full project path in the title bar. That will show you the complete path for the project, e.g. C:\Users\YourUserName\Documents\Tutorial.scriv so you can see from there where your project is saved and find it in the Windows file browser.