Is this possibly a Text Color bug?

I begin writing each morning by reviewing the previous day’s writing in my current scene, but—of course—I can never just review. I have to tweak, and change, and rearrange, and the next thing you know, most of my “writing time” is gone.

In an effort to get more of a handle on this, this morning I changed the text color of all of my current scene (as it stood when I walked into my office) to a mid-darkness lavender that stands out well on my dark mode theme but doesn’t get easily mistaken for white by my old eyes.

Then I changed the text color to white and made some changes, but they’re also in lavender as well.

Am I mistaken to think they should be white? And, if I am mistaken, how do I make what I type now show up in white instead without having to go back over what I have changed, highlighting it, and changing it to white?

I think the way Scriv works is, new text adopts the color of the text immediately prior to it. Setting the text color from the menu will change the color of text currently selected in the editor, but it’s not like in some other apps, where setting the text color affects all new text, regardless of the color of existing text. For example, I think this is what Outlook does, if I recall correctly.

I believe Revision Mode is what you’re looking for. (Format > Revision Mode > Pick a revision #/color) Revision Mode tells Scriv to type all new text in the selected Revision Mode color. If you don’t like Scriv’s default RM colors, you can change them. (Options > Editing > Revisions).

See 18.6 Making Revisions in the manual for the details.

And thanks for asking this question. I never could see the need for Revision Mode myself, but this sounds like a perfect use case. :slight_smile:


That is precisely what Revision mode is for. Note, you may want to take a snapshot of the document before doing anything, then turn on revision mode. You would then turn Revision mode off to work on a new document. Please note that Revision mode doesn’t work like the similar-sounding name (Track Changes) in say Word or another word processor. Check out this excellent write-up from Anne Rainbow: and how you can use it from professional editors here: and here: While she is using Mac Scrivener, the basic ideals work the same in Windows Scrivener.

Jestar, thanks for those links!

Thanks everyone. I’ll check these suggestions out.