This was a useful discussion for me, particularly the link to the discussion on why the iOS version of Scrivener bullets is limited. I do have a small contribution to make, based on fooling around with bullets in iOS Scrivener. Note that the following comments assume that you have some kind of bluetooth keyboard working with your iPad.
You can always indent or dedent your bullets or numbered lists; the problem is that indenting does not change the bullet type nor reset the indented, numbered list back to 1. There is a kludge you can use if you are working in a numbered list and want a few items indented in a sub-list:
- First, enter a number of list items at indent level 0, including the items that you want eventually to be in a sub list. To do this, you select the “Numbered List” style, by touching the paintbrush at the top of your iPad screen (in the Scrivener editor) and then scrolling down to the bottom of the list of styles.
- For instance, say you have 5 items, with list numbers 1 through 5.
- Let’s assume you want items 3 to 5 in a sub-list - then select those three items.
- Hit the combination cmd-shift-L twice. You will see the numbers on items 3 to 5 disappear and then reappear as items 1 to 3.
- With the same items still selected, press the indent key (see below).
- You will now have items 1 and 2 at the zero indent level, followed by items 1 to 3 at indent level 1.
- If you want to continue the sub-list, just hit enter at the end of sub-list item 3.
- If you want to continue with the zero indent level list, then hit enter at the end of sub-list item 3, which produces a number 4 at the first level. Then press the dedent key and that item will move out to the zero level indent with the number 3.
As far as I can tell, there is no way to change the style of the indented items - they still show up as numbers; no way to change them to letters or some other designator.
In regards to a bulleted list, you can just use the indent and dedent buttons to form sub-listed items.
If you want a numbered list at the zero level and a bulleted list at the first level indent, follow the above instructions for a numbered list, but use the alt-tab combination to switch from a numbered list to a bulleted list, then the indent button to indent those bulleted items to the first level. If you afterwards add more to the bulleted list, you can dedent those items and then use the cmd-shift-L combination to switch them back to a numbered list, but the numbering will reset to 1.
To “clean up” formatting on numbered or bulleted lists, just sync the project to your Dropbox folder (and wait until those changes are synced to your computer), then open that file on your computer version of Scrivener and change number styles, etc. I prefer not to have to do too much fixing, which is why you want to get it as close to the final version as you want on iOS Scrivener. Of course, you can just always work in the computer version of Scrivener, but lugging your laptop around all the time isn’t necessarily what you want to do.
In regards to indenting and dedenting, the symbol on these keys looks like a few horizontal lines with a right or left arrow on the side. These keys are not, by default, in the row of soft keys on your iPad screen, at the bottom of the Scrivener editor. To add them, press and hold on any other soft key (that you don’t use), select the “Formatting” tab on the pop-up window, then select either the indent or dedent symbol. They then show up at the bottom of your iPad screen, handy to use, whenever you are in the Scrivener editor.
I think this captures everything I have “discovered” by playing around in the iOS Scrivener editor, in regards to bulleted and numbered lists. I use them a lot, particularly with several levels of indenting, when I am taking notes, so I really wanted to find out how far I could stretch this in iOS Scrivener.