Help to put in a "bookmark"?

Hi I’m trying to put in a “bookmark” to my document.

By that I mean something like a traditional bookmark, where it’s used simpl y to navigate to the last place you were.

Each day when I finish writing I’d like to be able to put a bookmark so that the next day or so when I come back it is clear what sentence I’m on.

The “bookmark” function that can be clicked on in the editor seems to do something far more fancy.

Is there such a thing? I know how to use inline annotations, but hoping for something easier than having to use the find by formatting.


I use inspector comments for this. A simple, dated “start here” works. Set up a Scrivening in the editor that contains the document in question. Put your insertion point anywhere inside the editor. Now show the comments pane in the inspector. Click on the “start here” comment in the inspector and scrivener will scroll right to the spot.

Hope this helps!

Excellent - a great help!

I use inline annotations for this, mainly because they are easier to automate with macros. I have a pair of macros that emulate how marking works in many Mac text editors:

  • I hit Cmd-F2 to set a mark at the end of the current paragraph my cursor is in.
  • Later on I can hit F2 to jump to the next mark in the document or Shift-F2 to the previous mark. The result of that action is to leave the annotation fully selected—which means if I’m done with it I hit the delete key to remove it.
  • But I also have Cmd-F2 set up to delete a mark found at the end of the current paragraph, so that if I arrive there by other means I don’t have to manually select it to remove it.
  • Finally, I have a Shift-Cmd-F2 command that not only adds/removes a marker, but toggles the document’s Project Bookmark status. Now not only can I get back to the spot of text I marked, but I can easily get back to that document from anywhere in the project with the Bookmark feature.

I’ve attached the macros for anyone that is a Keyboard Maestro user that is interested in them.
scrivener-marking-macros.kmmacros.gz (1.75 KB)

This doesn’t work for me. My steps:

  • I click in the editor on the line to which I want to return;
  • In the Inspector, I click on the Comments Tab;
  • I make a new comment;
  • I scroll the document to a different location and click in the editor;
  • When I click on the comment in the Inspector, it gives me a blinking cursor to edit the comment.
  • It does not navigate me back to the spot in the text where I put the comment.

What am I doing wrong?

If a comment/footnote is already selected then clicking into a second time will edit it, and that action does not cause a scroll event, so you can edit a note without the editor staying locked in one place. Use whatever method you prefer to deselect the comment and try again.

Thanks, this worked.

I deselected the comment by clicking outside the comment in the Comment Pane. Is there another way to deselect the comment? I tried clicking on another Inpsector tab, but the comment was still selected when I went back to the Comments Tab.

Yeah, there are several different ways to deselect the current note:

  • Cmd-click toggles selection; that’ll probably be the easiest, especially the pane is full.
  • A simple UpArrow/DownArrow juke, though that can cause wild scrolling, and depends upon there being other notes.
  • The Edit ▸ Deselect command (which I use so much I have a shortcut on it—useful when you want to inspect the corkboard container itself, etc.)
  • As noted, clicking in the background.

Hi, I am new to Scrivener and have a question. I have used Apple Pages before I learned about Scrivener, which I have purchased. In Pages, there is a “bookmarks” function where you can tag or bookmark a word or phrase, and it shows up in a panel on the right under Document/bookmarks. Is there a similar function in Scrivener? Thanks, C

If you scroll up you’ll find some good basic tips for doing something similar. I have also written up a more extensive how-to on point-to-point linking in general, and the various ways in which one can do that.

Something to consider though, and the reason Scrivener doesn’t have a directly analogous feature, is that its outline sidebar is meant to address most of the reasons for why you would want to jump to a specific point in your work. As noted in that linked thread: the answer to the question of how to link to something in the middle of 5,000 words is: you probably don’t have your text split up enough yet. Some never come around to fully embracing that way of working, but it’s worth knowing there is a sliding scale for how useful Scrivener’s various features get, and how long of a chunk of text is represented by each outline entry.

Even so, there are good techniques for marking up significant points within individual outline nodes, as mentioned above. They just don’t serve as direct links and require a second step of some means.