MAC scrivener help

Hey everyone. I was wondering how do you remove the default research and draft folder you get whenever you open a new file?

These are better considered as features, rather than folders, they cannot be removed. The Draft folder in particular is central the core concept of compiling a document. While one is free to use Scrivener as a tool that never compiles, it’s understandable that such an utterly integral concept cannot be deleted from the binder. The Research folder on the other hand is more of a handicap than a necessity, but it was considered better to not cause potential confusion than make it possible to delete it.

In version 3, you’ll be able to select any folder in the binder and “hoist” the view, which causes the binder to display only the contents of that folder. So for those special-purpose projects that do not need the standard mechanisms, you can easily achieve that effect without actually deleting them.

I phrase things like that because your forum tag states you use Windows. You are however posting feedback (a question?) to the Mac area. If you are on a Mac, the command is View ▸ Outline ▸ Hoist Binder, with the desired folder selected.

I’d completely forgotten about this feature.

Wouldn’t it be better to add it to the Binder context menu? It’s a bit lost in View/Outline. Perhaps the use of Outline here is misleading – it misled me – and should be View/Binder… or some such.

Anyway, thanks for the reminder.

Y’welcome! It’s one of my favourite unsung features as well. Some projects never come out of hoist, but it can be very handy to cut out the clutter in very large projects, too. I’ve got it on a keyboard shortcut to make it more efficient to toggle.

The Outline submenu has a few functions that pertain to all outline style views, not just the binder. There are a couple of binder-only commands in there, that are are only two is why there isn’t a separate submenu. Sometimes it is more efficient, from a muscle-memory as well as discovery sense, to group things together under larger categories than to be very pedantic about what is what.